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Special starring record engagement of the world's famous jail breaker, Houdini the only and original handcuff king.

Special starring record engagement of the world's famous jail breaker,...

"Wm. E. Berry, Printer, & c., 44, Vicar Lane, Bradford." At head of title: Palace Theatre, Halifax; twice nightly at 7 & 9; Monday, Nov. 16th, 1903, and during the week. Managing director, Mr. Frank MacNaghten;... More

Houdini letterhead from 1913

Houdini letterhead from 1913

Mourning letterhead with black border and bust portrait of Harry Houdini; a note signed by Houdini identifies this as his 1913 letterhead, made in Stuttgart, Germany, after his mother's death. Title devised by ... More

Registered letter from Hull, England, regarding water torture cell, 1913

Registered letter from Hull, England, regarding water torture cell, 19...

In this registered letter typed on his engraved letterhead in Hull, England, on February 1, 1913, Houdini announces and describes his new Water Torture Cell escape trick, and warns British theatrical managers t... More

[Crate containing Harry Houdini, being lowered from ship into water] / Dietz, N.Y.

[Crate containing Harry Houdini, being lowered from ship into water] /...

J194551 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Houdini.

Theodore Roosevelt and Houdini, S.S. Imperator

Theodore Roosevelt and Houdini, S.S. Imperator

Photograph showing Theodore Roosevelt and Houdini, full-length portrait, both standing, aboard the Imperator. Title from item. Hand written on verso: Bequest Edward Saint, June 20, 1943.

Magicians' Society will be formed Sunday by Houdini : Dayton Journal article, December 16, 1916

Magicians' Society will be formed Sunday by Houdini : Dayton Journal a...

This article from the Dayton Journal for Saturday, December 16, 1916, describes Harry Houdini's plans to form a Magicians' Society of Dayton in affiliation with the Society of American Magicians, of which Houdi... More

Houdini dangling from the B.F. Keith's Theatre, G and 15th Streets, N.W., in an upside-down straitjacket escape, Washington, D.C.

Houdini dangling from the B.F. Keith's Theatre, G and 15th Streets, N....

Title devised by Library staff based on unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range, and Houdini's engagement at Keith's. Gift; H... More

Houdini

Houdini

Photo shows crowds in front of the Treasury Building on Fifteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., gathered for straitjacket escape of Harry Houdini (Houdini not visible). Title from unverified data provided by ... More

Saw the ectoplasm issue from 'Margery' during psychic tests : Boston Herald article, February 1, 1925

Saw the ectoplasm issue from 'Margery' during psychic tests : Boston H...

An article from the Boston Herald describing a lecture on the medium "Margery" by the chief investigator of the English Society for Psychical Research. Margery had been attacked as a fraud by Houdini; in his l... More

Letter of Harry Houdini discussing his library

Letter of Harry Houdini discussing his library

Letter of Houdini to Mrs. M.M. Soule of Boston, written on the letterhead bearing his home address in New York City, July 31, 1925, in which he describes his extensive library of letters and documents related t... More

Two newspaper articles announcing Houdini's death on October 31, 1926

Two newspaper articles announcing Houdini's death on October 31, 1926

Houdini died of peritonitis resulting from appendicitis on October 31, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. Newspapers throughout the country carried the news of his death in articles whose length attested to the bread... More

Postcard from Ehrich Weiss to his mother

Postcard from Ehrich Weiss to his mother

At the age of twelve, Ehrich Weiss ran away from home in an effort to earn money and to alleviate his family's grinding poverty. This is the earliest sample of Houdini's handwriting in the collections of the L... More

[Ehrich Weiss, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, wearing track team medals, in New York]

[Ehrich Weiss, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, wearing t...

Not yet Houdini, Ehrich Weiss is shown exhibiting his competitive spirit and wearing medals he won as a member of the Pastime Athletic Club track team in New York.

King of handcuffs text, ca. 1900

King of handcuffs text, ca. 1900

Publicity item touting Harry Houdini's successes as "The King of Handcuffs" in London performances; includes numerous quotations from organs of the British and French press, and the addresses of Houdini's Ameri... More

Aerial League of Australia invitation

Aerial League of Australia invitation

Invitation from the Aerial League of Australia to an evening of cinematograph views of aerial achievements, including "first flight in Australia by Mr. Houdini." From the collections of the Rare Book and Specia... More

Advertisement for Conjurers' Monthly Magazine

Advertisement for Conjurers' Monthly Magazine

Undated advertisement for Conjuror's Monthly Magazine hails the magazine as "Houdini's Newspaper," and identifies Harry Houdini as its editor. From the collections of the Rare Book and Special Collections Divis... More

Conjurers' monthly magazine. October 15, 1906

Conjurers' monthly magazine. October 15, 1906

This issue of a publication Harry Houdini edited features some of his material on Robert Houdin, Houdini correspondence, and notes from Europe by his brother, Theodore Hardeen. From the collections of the Rare ... More

B.F. Keith's Theatre News. January 22, 1906

B.F. Keith's Theatre News. January 22, 1906

This is a publicity pamphlet published by Keith's Theatre in Philadelphia for the week of January 22, 1906. The cover photograph shows a lobby display of shackles used by Houdini in his performances as "the Ja... More

Houdini jumps from Harvard Bridge, Boston, Massachusetts John H. Thurston, stereopticons

Houdini jumps from Harvard Bridge, Boston, Massachusetts John H. Thurs...

Photograph shows Houdini standing by the side of the Charles River wearing chains and handcuffs. Title devised by Library staff. Master of the "Impossible Possible," Houdini performs one of his stunning manacle... More

[Houdini and "The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin"]

[Houdini and "The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin"]

"Memory," wrote Dr. Morris N. Young in 1961, "is the sum of what one can remember; the diary of the mind." In the great collections that they built and gave to the Library of Congress, Houdini, John J. McManus,... More

Houdini letterhead from 1912

Houdini letterhead from 1912

Letterhead with cameo portrait of Harry Houdini in profile; a note signed by Houdini identifies this item as his steel engraving letterhead of 1912, made in Bradford, England. From the collections of the Rare B... More

Certificate of ordination : certificate of Mrs. Annie M. Benninghofen for the National Spiritualists Association

Certificate of ordination : certificate of Mrs. Annie M. Benninghofen ...

Certificate of Ordination for Mrs. Annie M. Benninghofen as a Minister of the Gospel of Spiritualism for the National Spiritualists' Association of the U.S.A. The ordination took place at the First Spiritualis... More

Harry Handcuff Houdini

Harry Handcuff Houdini

Harry Houdini, three-quarter length portrait, facing front. Photograph by Campbell-Gray, Ltd.

Houdini, in a packing case, is lowered into New York Bay

Houdini, in a packing case, is lowered into New York Bay

Houdini, in a packing case said to contain six hundred pounds of iron weights, is lowered into New York Bay. He is credited with having escaped in two minutes and fifty-five seconds. Photograph by Dietz, N.Y.

Daring dive! : poster and Victoria Theater announcement, 1914

Daring dive! : poster and Victoria Theater announcement, 1914

Handcuffed and in packing case. Poster announcing that Harry Houdini will be shackled and thrown into the river off New York's Battery in a sealed packing case, from which he will attempt to escape, July 15, 19... More

Magicians' Club program, April 25, 1915

Magicians' Club program, April 25, 1915

Program book for the "First Grand All Magical Seance of the Magicians' Club," Chelsea, London, England, Sunday, April 25, 1915. Harry Houdini was the Club's President and founder. Includes a list of featured ... More

Orpheum circuit news. November 14, 1915

Orpheum circuit news. November 14, 1915

Text and photo. A copy of the Orpheum Circuit News, a publicity pamphlet published in Oakland, California, by the 35-member Orpheum Circuit of Theatres, November 14, 1915. Affiliated theatres were located thro... More

Publicity release about iron bound box test, 1917

Publicity release about iron bound box test, 1917

This item features a cameo photograph of Houdini's face, set against a background photograph showing the iron-bound box from which he escapes being lowered into a river. From the collections of the Rare Book an... More

Hippodrome program for the season 1917-1918

Hippodrome program for the season 1917-1918

Program book for the New York Hippodrome, New York City, for the 1917-1918 season, including several pages of advertisements. The booklet features the performance program for an elaborate variety bill, "Cheer ... More

Invitation that links Man from beyond and Houdini escape act

Invitation that links Man from beyond and Houdini escape act

This is an invitation to the premiere of Harry Houdini's "The Man from Beyond" at the Times Square Theatre, New York City, on April 2, 1922, an event which also featured Houdini performing escape acts. From the... More

Special performance, Friday morning only, April 27, 1923, 11 a.m. : Houdini, the genius of escape (in person) who will startle and amaze, with a lecture on Fraud mediums and miracle mongers ..

Special performance, Friday morning only, April 27, 1923, 11 a.m. : Ho...

Announcement of a lecture in Los Angeles, billing it as "the first serious lecture delivered by Houdini on the subject of Spiritualism and the kindred arts." The announcement includes an explanation of the eth... More

Houdini waves $10,000 in bonds : Boston American article, December 30, 1924

Houdini waves $10,000 in bonds : Boston American article, December 30,...

This article and photographs from the front page of the Boston American, December 30, 1924, describes Houdini's $5,000 challenges to the medium "Margery" and to a Harvard professor who believed her psychic powe... More

Margery genuine says, Conan Doyle; he scorns Houdini : article from the Boston herald, January 26, 1925

Margery genuine says, Conan Doyle; he scorns Houdini : article from th...

This article from the Boston Herald prints a lengthy statement written to the Herald by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Holmes fame, vigorously defending the medium known as "Margery" against accusations of... More

Houdini stirred by article, may sue Sir Arthur : Springfield Union article, January 27, 1925

Houdini stirred by article, may sue Sir Arthur : Springfield Union art...

This article from the Springfield (Massachusetts) Union reports Houdini's outraged response to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's published attack on him in defense of the medium known as "Margery," whom Houdini had iden... More

Hippodrome : Variety article, January 21, 1925

Hippodrome : Variety article, January 21, 1925

This article describes Houdini's latest sensational act, an on-stage expose of the hoaxes perpetrated by fraudulent mediums. From the collections of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. From the Edwa... More

No prize for "Margery" : Springfield Union article, December 14, 1925

No prize for "Margery" : Springfield Union article, December 14, 1925

This article from the Springfield (Massachusetts) Union recounts the conclusion of the controversy surrounding the medium known as "Margery," in which Houdini had embroiled himself by challenging the authentici... More

Houdini in sealed coffin under water 90 minutes : Washington Post article, August 6, 1926

Houdini in sealed coffin under water 90 minutes : Washington Post arti...

Article from the Washington Post describing Houdini's prolonged submersion in a sealed coffin on August 5, 1926. From the collections of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Volume/container number... More

Postcard from Ehrich Weiss to his mother

Postcard from Ehrich Weiss to his mother

At the age of twelve, Ehrich Weiss ran away from home in an effort to earn money and to alleviate his family's grinding poverty. This is the earliest sample of Houdini's handwriting in the collections of the L... More

Aerial League of Australia invitation

Aerial League of Australia invitation

Invitation from the Aerial League of Australia to an evening of cinematograph views of aerial achievements, including "first flight in Australia by Mr. Houdini." From the collections of the Rare Book and Specia... More

King of handcuffs text, ca. 1900

King of handcuffs text, ca. 1900

Publicity item touting Harry Houdini's successes as "The King of Handcuffs" in London performances; includes numerous quotations from organs of the British and French press, and the addresses of Houdini's Ameri... More

Conjurers' monthly magazine. October 15, 1906

Conjurers' monthly magazine. October 15, 1906

This issue of a publication Harry Houdini edited features some of his material on Robert Houdin, Houdini correspondence, and notes from Europe by his brother, Theodore Hardeen. From the collections of the Rare ... More

B.F. Keith's Theatre News. January 22, 1906

B.F. Keith's Theatre News. January 22, 1906

This is a publicity pamphlet published by Keith's Theatre in Philadelphia for the week of January 22, 1906. The cover photograph shows a lobby display of shackles used by Houdini in his performances as "the Ja... More

Advertisement for Conjurers' Monthly Magazine

Advertisement for Conjurers' Monthly Magazine

Undated advertisement for Conjuror's Monthly Magazine hails the magazine as "Houdini's Newspaper," and identifies Harry Houdini as its editor. From the collections of the Rare Book and Special Collections Divis... More

Houdini jumps from Harvard Bridge, Boston, Massachusetts John H. Thurston, stereopticons

Houdini jumps from Harvard Bridge, Boston, Massachusetts John H. Thurs...

Photograph shows Houdini standing by the side of the Charles River wearing chains and handcuffs. Title devised by Library staff. Master of the "Impossible Possible," Houdini performs one of his stunning manacle... More

Houdini letterhead from 1912

Houdini letterhead from 1912

Letterhead with cameo portrait of Harry Houdini in profile; a note signed by Houdini identifies this item as his steel engraving letterhead of 1912, made in Bradford, England. From the collections of the Rare B... More

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