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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. #TeachNYPL #Houdini

Harry Houdini Mysteries: The Houdini Specter by Daniel Stashower - Harry Houdini is still struggling to make a name for himself in turn-of-the-century New York. He sees an opportunity for glory in exposing the tricks of medium Lucius Craig - if only he can work out how the medium managed to conjure a "spirit" while tied to a chair by Houdini himself or how the apparition was able to stab an audience member to death & then disappear! (Bilbary Town Library: Good for Readers, Good for…

Harry Houdini Image Title : Harry Houdini Source : Billy Rose Theatre Collection photograph file / Personalities / H / Harry Houdini Location : The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Billy Rose Theatre Division Catalog Call Number : *T PHO A Digital ID : th-21651 Record ID : 527512 Digital Item Published : 4-26-2006; updated 5-8-2012

Mar 24, 1874: Happy Birthday Harry Houdini! On this day in 1874, Ehrich Weisz, or as we know him – Harry Houdini, was born in Budapest, Hungary. Houdini left home at seventeen to begin his magic...

One hour of American slavery is fraught with more misery than ages of that which we rose in rebellion to oppose. by Boston Public Library, via Flickr

Image Title : Harry Houdini Source : Billy Rose Theatre Collection photograph file / Personalities / H / Harry Houdini Location : The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Billy Rose Theatre Division Catalog Call Number : *T PHO A Digital ID : th-21679 Record ID : 527540 Digital Item Published : 4-26-2006; updated 5-8-2012