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Press Release: For Immediate Release

Howard A. Baltus
The Trickery
9 Raven Ct
West Milford, NJ 07480
Phone: 973-657-0446
Email: CustomerCare


After years of accumulating Houdini material at the only building entirely dedicated to Harry Houdini, we’re happy to share it with you.
We’re proud to unveil the new virtual home for The Houdini Museum. Content will be added and updated often. “Believe me when I tell you we have a massive amount of material that we look forward to sharing with our web visitors!”, says Dorothy Dietrich, one of the museum’s curators.

The Houdini Museum is a great performing arts attraction with magical entertainment, that is amazing, exciting, historic, and family friendly. The Houdini Museum is a cozy repository of Houdini memorabilia. Located in a restored turn of the century house which is jam packed with a great Houdini collection. It’s located in Scranton, PA, close to Wilkes Barre, Pocono, Poconos, Stroudsburg NE PA, Pennsylvania area. It’s a combination of an Houdini history exhibit, featuring Houdini memorabilia including Houdini films, posters, photos, props, etc, & Magic Theater starring professional Magicians. The Magic Show includes lots of live animals magically appearing. You’ll see adorable critters including  live doves, a duck, a rabbit & two poodles. This experience is appropriate for all audiences. It’s a  family oriented presentation that is fun for all ages.

Dick Brooks, museum curator states, “It’s appropriate for all ages, this magic show and tour features classic illusions with nothing too scary for little ones.”

The website was developed by Howard Baltus, owner of WebAuthorings and The Trickery Magic Shop.

Your feedback and input can be sent to the curators by clicking here or by commenting below.


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Houdini Panel Discussion


Panel Discussion
Thursday, November 11 at 6:30pm
The Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Media Program 

More than 80 years after his death, escape artist extraordinaire Harry Houdini continues to fascinate and Western union money order inspire. “Dean of American Magicians” George Schindler and “The First Lady of Magic” Dorothy Dietrich join Houdini biographer Kenneth Silverman to discuss why the legendary magician occupies such a prominent place in American popular culture. The evening will include archival footage of classic Houdini escapes and a special live recreation of his signature straitjacket escape. 

About Houdini

Harry Houdini’s actual name was Ehrich Weiss. Magician Harry Houdini born March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary (not Appleton WI ) of Jewish parents. Died in Detroit -1926. After Harry Houdini’s death his wife held seances as a test, to no avail. Biography: Harry Houdini was often quoted to be born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Harry Houdini came to the United States to Appleton with family at the age of four. To this day many connected with the small town of Appleton still claim in their biography that Harry Houdini was born in Appleton, to attract tourists. Copies of Harry Houdini’s birth records and early family records at the Harry Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pa, show Harry Houdini was born in Budapest (not Appleton ), on March 24, 1874. Historians are finally agreed on this fact. In later years, in a magazine interview, a Harry Houdini quote said of Appleton, “the greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.”

Harry Houdini’s father was Mayer Samuel Weiss. Harry Houdini’s father was a Jewish Rabbi. Harry Houdini’s father for a short time was Jewish Rabbi for the German Zoin Jewish Congregation in Appleton. Harry Houdini’s mother’s name was Cecilia Steiner Weiss.Being Jewish Harry Houdini’s parents spoke only Yiddish, Hungarian, and German. The family of Harry Houdini was poor so the children began to work at an early age. From the age of eight young Ehrich Weiss (Erik Weisz) sold newspapers and worked as a shoe shine boy. When coming to the United States there were often many spellings of names as families adjusted to English. At the age of 12, young Ehrich left home – Appleton to make his way in the world & to help support his family. A great sign of independance. Many biography links wrongly claim Harry Houdini was overly obsessed with his mother. However Harry Houdini did love her very much.

After leaving Appleton young Ehrich traveled for about a year, sending money home to his family when he could. The family moved from Appleton to New York in the the hope of finding a better life there. Harry  joined up with his family in New York City.  The move from Appleton to New York would change Magician Harry Houdini’s life and introduce him to the world of big time magic.  In New York, Harry Houdini worked as a messenger and as a cutter in a garment center sweat shop, Richter & Sons, a tie factory to help support his family. Harry Houdini ‘s father found some little work in the Jewish community there, but also worked with Houdini for a time at the factory. His father  would die about five years later on October 5, 1892.

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