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  • Lynnette212

    #TeachNYPL #Houdini More treasures from our archives - a letter from Harry Houdini to NYPL President John Shaw Billings in 1911. The letter begins, "Dear Sir, In going through your card indexes yesterday, I noted that the Conjurer's magazine was missing..." Harry Houdini then kindly offered two bound sets of the Conjurer's Magazine to be added to the NYPL Collection -- along with a book on handcuffs written in Russian and German.

  • Alice Chiola

    Happy Birthday Harry Houdini! Did you know that Mr. Houdini was a fan of the Library? On August 31, 1911 the acclaimed magician sent NYPL’s first president John Shaw Billings a letter offering two...

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