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The Sid Radner Houdini collection featuring more than a 1000 items that once belonged to the Houdini family will be auctioned on Oct. 30 at the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. The auction being titled "The Great Houdini Auction" will feature THE Chinese Water Torture Cell, a Milk Can, straight jackets, trunks, props, handcuffs, leg irons, shackles, locks, keys, picks, letters, personal correspondence and documents, theater broadsides, posters, advertising, playbills, original photographs and much more. Also being auctioned are the items which Radner took back from the Houdini exhibit at the Outagamie Museum. The Capital Recovery Group will handle the auction.

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Looks like Mr Radner is or will never open up another Houdini Museum its a Shame. Don,
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Okay...this raises a question:

Did Radner have more than one version of the torture cell?

I thought the one he had on display at the Houdini Hall of Fame was destroyed in the fire that gutted the museum.

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This is a new one built by John Gaughn.
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Okay.

And was the "Iron Maiden" referred to a latter-day construction of the "Spanish Maiden" described in "Houdini's Fabulous Magic"/"Houdini's Magic and Escapes" by Gibson, or is this a mislabeled Gibbet Cage (body shaped cage used to display the corpse of a hanged highwayman or pirate)?

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I guess it would be a Gibbett cage. There are photos of Houdini on stage with one. If this is the same one, I don't know. As I have Houdini's casket, the cage would put me in the doghouse or worse.
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Kevin,
Do you know to what (if any) extent original components were used to re-build the Cell? With the high heat from the fire, I'm certain that all mahogany was gone as well as the brass. Glass would go, certainly, although Sid had one or two replacement panes. The steel frame for the glas and probably stocks had to twist...
I guess the question is, is ANYTHING on this item original or is this in essence a "functional" movie prop?
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The Houdini's Chinese Water Torture Cell was almost entirely destroyed in a fire at the Houdini Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in 1996. Sid Radner, hired John Gaughan to rebuild the illusion using the original hardware. The metal work was still useable and has been used in the restoration.

Here is a link showing the restored Cell.

http://members.tripod.com/~Houdinez/hou17.html
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Dave,

My guess would be 10% original, if not much less. The best it could be is a replica with some parts.

Here's another. There may be two or more complete cells out there.

Kevin

Here's another. Somewhere along the line I heard terminology used for different percentages of things restored. Like antique cars, furniture, posters, etc. I don't what field there in, but they're out there. I would assume that those terms could work for the cell too.

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Anyone know where or whom might have the extra cells
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I think so. Smile
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I would burn it as Houdini had wished before. You wonder though that why would Houdini want to burn all his stuff. And maybe it was to prevent stuff like this from happening.

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Maybe because a lot of his secrets have turned up. and the truth is coming out.
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On that "other" message board was info on this site-
http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/2003/12/11/upfront4.html
which seems to answer the Donster's question and explain Kevin's sly smiley!
The more that comes out, the bigger mess the Houdini auction seems to become.
The author of the January Genii article on the cell, Michael Edwards, indicates this references a non-functioning replica, "...designed as a unique piece of display furniture..." by and for John Gaughan.
Wonder how that all ended up?
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Euhm, anyone with new info about this collection and the auction?
gr, evi
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