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After seeing the thread about $100.00 Houdini bricks, I began thinking a little about Houdini and his legacy.  

If you ask a person over the age of 40 to name a famous magician, his name will still probably be the most uttered.  In a way it is funny because he was more escape artist than magician for most of his career.  Vernon famously said "Houdini didn't do any magic, he did escapes" but that is obviously not true.  I understand what he meant though.

So I was thinking about the documentation, the film, photos, etc. that exist of Houdini.
The one thing that is sorely lacking is recordings of his voice.  All of the movies he did were silent.

I found the following video.  It has a fairly lengthy recording, longer than I'd heard before.  the one time I heard his voice was on a shorter video and the sound wasn't cleaned up, it was so scratchy you had a hard time deciphering what he was saying.  This one is nice and clear.  You can hear his distinct accent, but he had trained his voice to be able to project in large theaters.

The story behind the recordings is very interesting.  Anyways, I thought I should share it.




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As someone well under 40, I'd bet if you ask most non-magicians under 40 to name a magician they'd name Houdini, too. I'm sure a few will name one of those magicians they've seen on TV like a David Blaine or Penn & Teller (or god forbid Criss Angel), but Houdini, and his allure in "pop culture", will be ingrained forever. Thanks for sharing, this is very interesting 😉
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As someone well under 40, I'd bet if you ask most non-magicians under 40 to name a magician they'd name Houdini, too. I'm sure a few will name one of those magicians they've seen on TV like a David Blaine or Penn & Teller (or god forbid Criss Angel), but Houdini, and his allure in "pop culture", will be ingrained forever. Thanks for sharing, this is very interesting 😉


Glad you found it interesting!  Yeah, I just picked a number and went with it.  Nothing scientific about it.
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Fascinating!! Thanks for sharing this, Ray!!
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Fascinating!! Thanks for sharing this, Ray!!


Yes, I thought it was interesting too.  We really are spoiled by having access to so much technology these days.  I think we take it for granted at this point.  There are many magicians that we all know about and probably do sleights or effects they created yet we'll never be able to witness them performing.  

So we should treasure the fact that we do have some footage of some of the greats that are no longer with us.
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By the way, I have one of those cylindrical records on my bookshelf.

I bought it thinking that it could make a cool magic prop.

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By the way, I have one of those cylindrical records on my bookshelf.

I bought it thinking that it could make a cool magic prop.



Very interesting! Maybe you should start a recording medium display and get a reel-to-reel tape, 8-track, VHS....?
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By the way, I have one of those cylindrical records on my bookshelf.

I bought it thinking that it could make a cool magic prop.



That's awesome!!  Now if you only had an Edison phonograph to playback that cylindrical record...  that would be the icing...

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That's awesome!!  Now if you only had an Edison phonograph to playback that cylindrical record...  that would be the icing...


It sure would!! :)

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