Storical Footnotes: Houdini's Final Séance

Today we whisper a final goodnight to Harry Houdini as we discuss the tradition of Houdini séances that have taken place continuously since his death on Halloween night of 1926. Tune in on Halloween for a special episode about the Blood Countess.

Houdini’s Final Séance Transcript: http://livetowriteanotherday.blogspot.com/search/label/final%20houdini%20seance

More on Arthur Ford: https://skepticalinquirer.org/2012/03/the_day_houdini_almost_came_back_from_the_dead/?%2Fsi%2Fshow%2Fthe_day_houdini_almost_came_back_from_the_dead

Photos of Houdini’s Grave: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/houdinis-grave

Maître du Mystère Cologne Oil: https://www.immortalperfumes.com/imported-products/matre-du-mystre-a-magical-cologne-inspired-by-houdini

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Harry Houdini: The Magician Among the Spirits

If you hear the name Houdini and just think of the David Copperfield, David Blaine, Criss Angel school of magicians, that is to say campy and old fashioned, I’m here to blow your mind with espionage, Sherlock Holmes, the Romanovs, and more psychics than you can count! Buckle up dear listeners and imagine yourself in a dark room, hands clasped around the séance table as a series of unearthly raps starts tapping out a message from beyond the grave as we dive into the life of Harry Houdini, Master Mystifier.

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Fiction

The Confabulist by Stephen Galloway - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18339598-the-confabulist

Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25814489-mrs-houdini

Non-fiction

The Secret Life of Houdini by William Kalush & Larry Sloman -https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13944.The_Secret_Life_of_Houdini

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24724228-the-witch-of-lime-street

The Magician and the Spirits by Deborah Noyes - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33246089-the-magician-and-the-spirits

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleishmann - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/107414.Escape_

Movies and TV

Houdini (1953) starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045886/

Houdini (1998) starring Johnathon Schaech - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159276/

Houdini (2014) starring Adrien Brody - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3132738/

The Prestige starring Hugh Jackman & Christian Bale - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0482571/

Podcasts

Harry Houdini and the Golden Age of Magic: Spectacle, sorcery and spiritualism in New York by The Bowery Boys - http://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2018/08/harry-houdini-and-the-golden-age-of-magic-spectacle-sorcery-and-spiritualism-in-new-york.html

Further Reading and Bonus Links

Wild About Harry - https://www.wildabouthoudini.com/

Harry Houdini’s Voice Recording from 1914 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Harry_Houdini%27s_voice.ogg

Footage of Harry Houdini escaping a straight jacket - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r8qr-p9z5g

Houdini Séance at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles - http://www.magiccastle.com/seance/

Henry VIII: His Kingdom for a Son

Get ready for some drama filled history as we welcome our first gentleman subject to Storical, King Henry VIII. Love him or loathe him his story is epic. And, spoiler alert! We’ll be doing a whole episode on Anne Boleyn, his most intriguing wife, next month. Links to all recommendations below.

New episodes first Monday of the month. You can listen on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher.

Non-fiction

Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10109.Henry_VIII

How Henry VIII Worked by Stuff You Missed in History Class Podcast - https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/how-henry-viii-worked.htm

Book Club: The Other Boleyn Girl by Rude Tudors Podcast -

https://www.rudetudors.com/episodes/category/henry-viii

Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s Favourite Queen by History Extra Podcast - https://www.historyextra.com/period/tudor/jane-seymour-henry-viiis-favourite-queen/

Fiction

The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes By His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10108.The_Autobiography_of_Henry_VIII

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6101138-wolf-hall

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13507212-bring-up-the-bodies

Shows

The Tudors - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758790/

The White Queen - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2372220

The White Princess - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5705956

The Spanish Princess - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8417308

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