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 Libraries)
Harry Houdini, Portrait for President, 1911 3 sheet, Strobridge Litho Co., Cin'ti & New York, linen mounted & restored. Handsomely framed. 82.5" x 40" The most famous name in magic, Houdiniana has become extremely valuable as pure collectible Americana, towering over all other entertainment figures of the first two decades of the 20th Century.