For a second year in a row, the group AtlasObscura.com asked me to be part of their ObscuraDay events in Washington DC. I had the honor of presenting a talk/demonstration on the escapes of Houdini. This year the event was sold out! My portion of the program was so much fun and so well received. I brought Houdini era handcuffs as well as one pair of real Houdini cuffs. I shared stories of Houdini’s life and presented magic pertaining to different times.
For example, when Houdini began his career he was known as the King of Cards. I shared with them a card routine that came from Houdini’s notebooks. I must say, it played very strongly even 100 years later. I also shared two escapes from different pairs of handcuffs and presented a rope escape as well. I was so happy with the response and look forward to the next time I speak on magic’s rich history.
By the way, if you’re interested in learning more about the history of magic or Houdini ,or both, please visit my blog, www.themagicdetective.com which is the most popular general magic history site on the internet.