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Topic: Houdini vs. Boudini
Message: Posted by: John Cox (Nov 16, 2010 10:17AM)
Just posted this on my new Houdini blog, WILD ABOUT HARRY. I think this is one everyone might find interesting. But the riddle remains -- who was Jacques Boudini?

Houdini vs. Boudini: The forgotten challenge
Message: Posted by: houdinisghost (Nov 20, 2010 03:27PM)
As I told ZenCat awhile ago, I had a pet theory about who Boudini actually was. I thought it was Jacob Hyman, who worked under the name J. H. Houdini. Jacob Houdini was close to Jacques Boudini--at least in sound.
I nursed this pet theory for twenty years, then, when Kalush and Sloman were writing The Secret Life, Bill sent me a scan of the newspaper photo.
That's not Jacob. Could it be Rinn? I don't think so, but I haven't seen enough photos of him and none at that age.
Boudini is about Houdini's size. Nice looking guy. Obvious athlete. Someday, maybe photos will turn up of members of the Allerton and Pastime Athletic clubs from the old days. He might be a member of one of Houdini's clubs, or a guy who went to Morningside Park to engage in sports.
He is definitely an accomplice.
Message: Posted by: John Cox (Nov 20, 2010 11:19PM)
One of the fellow members of the Pastime Athletic Club... Yeah, I like the way you think. :)
Message: Posted by: houdinisghost (Nov 22, 2010 10:31AM)
Does Joe Rinn mention The Boudini challenge in either of his books?
Message: Posted by: John Cox (Nov 26, 2010 06:49PM)
I only have '60 Years' and there's nothing in the index.
Message: Posted by: houdinisghost (Nov 26, 2010 07:10PM)
Rinn doesn't reveal any important Houdini secrets in his books. 60 years of psychical research is an expanded version of Spotlight on Psychical Research.
In fact, he does the opposite. He validates these preposterous explanations of the Vanishing Elephant, the Torture Cell, and the Wall given by a bicycle repairman named Adams in Modern Mechanics. He calls Adams, Houdini's chief mechanic, when he knew he wasn't.
In other words, he took Houdini's secrets--some of which he knew very well--to the grave.
He's probably not Boudini.
The Jewish Houdini project which is coming to the Skirball has put out this book which I think says there were three girls in the Floral sisters act.
Anybody know where they got that?
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 26, 2010 08:16PM)
The name Boudini is rather humorous, if you live in the Southeast Texas/Louisiana area. I don't know if this would have any application here whatsoever, but boudin is a kind of Cajun sausage. It's the Cajun equivalent of haggis.
Message: Posted by: Tom Fenton (Nov 27, 2010 01:15AM)
To echo Bill's post, in France Boudin is a blood sausage.

Le Boudin is the song of The French Fooreign Legion.

Message: Posted by: houdinisghost (Nov 27, 2010 04:41PM)
In Houdini's imitators scrapbook there is the following satirical challenge:
Chelsea Firemen Challenge Boudini
Chelsea, Sept. 23, 1911
Mr. Larry Boudini,
Dear Sir:--
Hearing that you boldly claim that nothing can hold you, and that you are willing to accept all challenges at the National Theatre next week.
We, firemen of Chelsea, hereby challenge you to allow us to lash, bind and fasten you with 200 feet of rubber hose; said hose to be of the regulation garden variety, on the following conditions:
First. That you submit properly to the operation.
Second. That you will not endeavor to crawl through the hose while you are being tied.
Third. That you allow yourself to be handcuffed while you are being tied.
Once we have tied you, we defy you to extricate yourself.
Kindly give us plenty of time to prepare our tackle.
Awaiting your reply, we remain
Yours, etc.
General Alarm, Chief,
A.L.L. Out, Foreman
Harry Hydrant, Hoseman
Boudini accepts the above challenge under the condition that all fastenings be tied so that during his efforts to release himself there shall be no merriment on the part of the audience.
The Test Will Take Place At
The National Theatre
Monday Evening, Sept. 25, 1911

This appears to be poking fun at someone, probably Houdini. Anyone know anything about this?