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Topic: Houdini & Downs Circa 1895
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Apr 12, 2012 10:30PM)
If you like magic history, you may enjoy this. I just posted on my blog the possible first meeting of Houdini and Tommy Downs. Here is the link:

[url=http://houdinihimself.com/?cat=3]Downs & Houdini[/url]

Message: Posted by: MVFAN (Apr 13, 2012 10:17AM)
That is a wonderful piece of magic history. It amazes me how you come up with these rare pieces.

Message: Posted by: omk (Apr 13, 2012 11:16AM)
It amazes me too - Great find Kevin!
Message: Posted by: houdinisghost (Apr 13, 2012 12:37PM)
In Houdini--the Key, I have a quote from Downs indicating that he tried the challenge handcuff act before Houdini took it up.
I believe he said this was in his first year as a performer--which is right around the time of this program.