Dick Brookz is a founder/director of The Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA. It is and has been for over 20 years the only building in the world entirely devoted to Houdini. His father, not a magician, saw Houdini perform and collected Houdini memorabilia.
His television appearances include Atlantic City Alive, Travel Channel’s “Magic Road Trip”, Biography Channel’s “Dead Famous-Harry Houdini”, Evening Magazine, Good Morning America, Home Box Office, as well as many local and news programs.
As a supper club and cabaret performer he has appeared at The Waldorf Astoria’s Rainbow Grill, held over ten weeks at The Americana Hotel and Casino in Puerto Rico, held over 3 months at New Yorks’s #1 Fifth Avenue, return engagements at New York’s Living Room, as well as Resorts International in Atlantic City.
He has been hired for major society parties by Diana Ross, Brooke Shields, Carly Simon, John Lithgo, David Merrick, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, and others.
Just a few of the major corporations who have enlisted his services include Maidenform, First Boston, Frito-Lay, Yago Sangria, Coleco, Pool Trol.
Dick Brookz is also an author and publisher, having been writer and editor of Hocus Pocus Magazine for over three years and author and inventor of several books and magical effects. He has acted as magic consultant for The New York Shakespere Festival, Woody Allen’s “The Magic Light Bulb” at New York’s City Center, and Radio City Music Hall.
Dick Brookz has been an edu-tainer his entire life. His school assembly programs have taught and entertained tens of thousands of youngsters throughout the years. He uses special effects, trained animals, magic and illusion to point up the various object lessons in his performance. Areas covered include good citizenship through protecting the environment, the dangers of smoking tobacco and using drugs, the value of hard work and determination, and how the good you do comes back to you. He encourages his audiences to use imagination and concentration to reach their goals. His school assembly program drives home the importance of the main keys to character building … trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
He was founder of the famous Magic Towne House on the upper East Side that brought magic to the city for over 15 years. It was the mecca for magic. Those who performed or visited the venue include Johnny Carson, David Copperfield, Harry Blackstone, Jr. Penn & Teller, and others. Tired of renting, wanting a larger facility and a place to house his collection of Harry Houdini memorabilia he opened The Harry Houdini Museum, with fellow magician Dorothy Dietrich, in the Scranton- Wilkes-Barre-Poconos- Pocono Mountain region of North East Pennsylvania. Upon leaving New York, several magicians who began at The Magic Towne House, opened “Monday Night Magic” that runs to this day.
A group formed by Dick Btookz and Dorothy Dietrich called The Houdini Commandos, was recently featured in a half Page article in the New York Times for his work in restoring Houdini’s bust at his grave site that was destroyed in 1975.
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