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/

Storical Footnotes: Did Agatha Christie Have Alzheimer's?

The Queen of Crime was a prolific writer. But research suggests that there may have been clues to dementia in Agatha Christie’s later writing. For more information on the research presented, check out the following links:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/91960-vanishing-words

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127211884

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