Halloween Houdini Seance-Houdini Trading Card Launch-Harley Newman Lecture

Scranton, PA.
October 2, 2012

The Historic Original Houdini Seance Takes Place at The Houdini Museum, October 31, 2012.

Other big events scheduled that day. Legendary Harley Newman will lecture that evening. New Houdini Collector Trading Card set to be launched.

This internationally famous Halloween Original 86th Houdini Seance event will occur again October 31 at 1:26 PM, the exact time of Houdini’s death.  It will be open to the pubic by donation.  Seance seating at 12:30 PM. Reservations are required. Admission by reservation is $10 donation or more.  Free to any magic club member.  Free to any purchaser of the new Preview Houdini Superhero Trading Card set.

For pictures and more information go to the Houdini Seance web page http://Houdini.org/houdiniseance.html  All pics are available in hi res.

There will also be a separate evening lecture at 7:00 by world renowned  side show entertainer, magician and escape artist Harley Newman.  The lecture is called Harley Newman 2.0, Harley on Steroids!,  and will contain material not done on previous lectures..  A few of his hundreds of Television appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Comedy Central, etc.  He was rejected by the Guinness Book of World Records as ”too dangerous to include.”   He has also worked as consultant to Penn & Teller, Jeff McBride, etc     Advanced lecture price is only $15 by October 25. $20 at the door.  Admission is only $7.50 to any purchaser of the Preview Houdini Superhero Trading Card set.  This will be the only Pennsylvania lecture for Harley Newman this coming season.  One on one coaching workshops will also be available in the afternoon for those interested. For tickets or private Harley Newman workshops, call (570) 383-1821.

For the first time anywhere, the new full set of Houdini Trading Cards will be unveiled.  This is the first Houdini Trading card set ever to be produced. The full set consists of 54 cards. On hand will be the rare premier set of 18 Houdini Trading cards as well as mini packets of 5 cards that randomly include original 1 of 1 original drawings by world renowned artists. Only 500 total sets have been printed, since this is a small independant company and are sure to become rare very quickly. Scranton’s own celebrity magician Dorothy Dietrich is featured in this trading card set. This set is a must have for any Houdini fan.

It will all take place at The Houdini Museum, (http://Houdini.org), 1433 Main Avenue, in Scranton, PA., the only building in the world dedicated to Houdini.


October 31, Halloween, marks the anniversary of the death of Harry Houdini. Each year since his death a tribute in the form of a seance has been conducted on this day. The first ten seances were done by his wife Bess as a tribute and test. In his effort to challenge the crooked mystics and psychics of his day, Houdini the greatest escape artist of all time, said, when he died, if he could not escape from the beyond and return in a seance no one else could.

After ten years Houdini’s wife passed on the legacy and tradition to Houdini biographer, friend and writer Walter B. Gibson. Walter B. Gibson was the creator of “The Shadow” one of the most famous mystery series of all.  It started out as a novel, a radio show, a television show and then a movie starring Alec Baldwin. The shows catch phrase, “The Shadow knows!” has been repeated thousands of times by comedians and others through the years. Walter B. Gibson helped Houdini in some of his literary projects, and after Houdini died Gibson wrote several early biographies and magic secret books culled from Houdini’s private notes that Bess and her lawyer let Gibson use.

Before Mr. Gibson died he passed on the tradition to well known magic celebrity, Dorothy Dietrich (http://DorothyDietrich.com).  Dorothy Dietrich has been called “one of the most noted magicians of the late 20th century” by Columbia Encyclopedia, Columbia University Press.  She’s one of the world’s best known magicians and has been called “The First Lady of Magic” and “The Female Houdini”. She has appeared in many television specials, and is the first and only woman to do the bullet catch in the mouth, “the stunt that scared Houdini.”  She is the first and only woman to perform a straitjacket escape from a parachute ride while suspended hundreds of feet in the air from a burning rope, as shown on a HBO special that she stared in. She is also known as “The first woman to saw a man in half!” When not traveling, Dietrich performs at The Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA, where she is also a director. It has the largest permanent display to the general public anywhere, of artifacts, historical displays and information on Houdini.  She has been featured on numerous television shows and channels world wide including the BBC, CBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, Travel Channel, Biography Channel, History Channel, TV Land, etc.  This month she has been featured as an expert on Houdini on the Travel Channel’s, “Mysteries at the Museum”  She is considered a leading collector and expert on Houdini.

The Original Houdini Seances were done by Ms. Dietrich many years at New York’s legendary Magic Towne House in New York City, lifetime home of the legendary Houdini, and moved to The Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pa. The Houdini Seances are attended on a regular basis by the closest living relatives of Houdini. The Houdini Museum is under the close guidance of Houdini’s family.  They have also asked the museum to do upkeep and repairs at the Houdini’s Grave.  The museum recently received world wide publicity for replacing the bust of Houdini at his grave that has been missing for the past 36 years.

During the Fall and Winter months The Houdini Museum is open weekends for tours and a magic show, as well as any day of the week for school and bus groups, and magical birthday parties. Reservations required.

A separate presentation put on by Psychic Theater (http://PsychicTheater.com) “Haunted! Mysteries of THE Beyond.” with paranormalist Dick Brookz takes place in the evenings.  It is a hit fun mystery show that has been running for seven years.

Contact Penny Wilkes
Houdini Museum, Tour & Magic Show
1433 N. Main Ave.
Scranton, PA 18508
(570) 342-5555
(570) 383-1821


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