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Terry Owens
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I believe they are releasing in June Houdini starring Tony Curtis. I had pre-ordered it and I noticed that the charge has gone through this week.

I was fortunate enough to pick up an autographed picture by Tony from the movie and the mat is different scenes from the movie. I was happy to get a hold of this piece.
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Anytime I about Houdini with a laymen I more often than not get the "Didn't he die upside-down in a tank thing?" and have to correct them on how he actually died. This movie obviously had a lasting effect on people as there are many who assume the movie is an accurate account of Houdini's life...
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I had the reissue long ago on laser disc (pre DVD). It was OK to watch. I remembered it being better when I was a kid. It's still fun.
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Bruce
Kevin Connolly
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If anyone has a script, photos, etc. from the movie, I would like to buy them.
Please visit my website.
www.houdinihimself.com

Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
Michael Baker
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I still have an old VHS version of this that I taped from TV years ago. I'd really like to have the DVD version. That movie was responsible for me, as a kid, HAVING to have a milk pitcher for my act.
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Jimeh
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I hear you Michael, I've wanted to update my old beat-up VHS as well.
Speaking of which I have not watched that movie in quite a while...
emeline
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Hi all.

I've found a recording of Harry Houdini, made in 1914, about the Edison machine rehearsal.

Enjoy the link:
http://www.archive.org/details/EdisonMac......dini1914

Emeline
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Thank you so much Emeline!

That was a treat. There is very little out there of Houdini's voice. It's closed now but years ago there was a Houdini museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario and as you went in there was a talking head that would repeat that exact speech (However it was not Houdini's actual voice). As soon as I heard the sound file I instantly thought of the museum. Somewhere I have 15-20 min of footage that I videotaped when I was walking around inside. Maybe I'll put it on youtube someday if the quality doesn't look too poor.

Anyways I'm rambling but thanks again Emeline!!!

James
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Hi James.

You're welcome! I'm so delighted to read that you're satisfied with the recording! Actually, the web site "Archive.org" is a complete one with a lot of medias: sounds, videos, or texts which are legal and free. That's quite useful when you collect old things!

Emeline
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Does anyone know where one might get a copy of "The Great Houdini's" with Paul Michael Glazier. I always thought it was a slightly more accurate account and it had Bill Bixby in it as well.
Kevin Connolly
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Copy of the video or book? They both show-up on Ebay from time-to-time. You can do search on the web with "Houdini" and "Melville Shavelson" in the search box for quicker results.
Please visit my website.
www.houdinihimself.com

Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
John Long
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I recently found a copy of the full Houdini movie(Curtis & Leigh) on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbKePEsqQH0

Like others, I think of this movie as likely one of the first things that got me interested in magic. So much so, that the next day or so, I talked a fellow grade school classmate into locking me in storage cabinet at school. It was dark in there, and in no more that about 5-10 seconds I managed to.. convince that classmate to let me out Smile

I hadn't seen this in over 50 years! It was fun, and very different to see it as an adult, and now a little more knowledgeable about magic.
It seemed that in a number of scenes that he was actually doing the tricks (e.g.; he seemed to be doing a legitimate "hoop pass"), but I don't think his broom suspension was an impromptu version (as he claimed in the movie), but of course, that is what a magician would have wanted people to think. I did notice that a "Dunniger" is listed on the credits as a technical consultant.

Sadly, much of this was a fictionalized account of him, but after reading, I did find that he did start out at some side shows, he did play a wild man, and that he did a vault escape in court.

John
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John Long
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The video is now "private". Too bad.
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