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The Official Houdini Seance on the Internet Oct 30-Oct 31.

The Houdini Seance


The Houdini Museum
1433 N. Main Ave., Scranton, PA. 18508
(570) 342-5555 (570) 342-852

For Immediate Release

The Official Halloween Houdini Seance on the Internet - Oct 31.

The Halloween Houdini Seance, which has a been a tradition for the past 72 years since the great magicians untimely death, has now moved to cyberspace. The seances, held by Houdini's wife for the first ten years after his death, and then passed on by her, will be held on the Internet for 24 hours on Halloween on the anniversary of his death. Scranton's Houdini Museum, the only museum in the world entirely devoted to Houdini, is asking everyone on the web to attempt to contact Houdini sometime during those twenty four hours. They are requesting email with any results and lack of results. Replies will be followed up and verified. This is to be a serious test and tribute and no pranks, jokesters, etc., should participate, the email address being; magicusa@microserve.net

There is a small fee to participate of only $1.00 to be send to
Official Houdini Seance
1433 N. Main Ave.
Scranton, PA 18508
As a token of our appreciation we will send you an Official Houdini Seance souvenir. The Houdini Museum, a non-profit organization, has a large web site of over 100 different Pages on the world wide web. The Houdini Museum has gotten many awards for its Internet site including being chosen as one of the "7 Wonders of the Web." They have also been chosen as one of the 50,000 best sites on the Internet chosen from many millions by Net Guide. They gave the site three five star and one three star rating in various categories, with five stars being the highest rating in any category. The Houdini Museum can be found on the Internet by typing in the words Houdini Museum Scranton on any of the major Internet search engines. The actual web address is http://www.Pocono.org/houdini.html

The Houdini Museum has been in Scranton for nine years, and open to the general public for four years in the Scranton/Pocono area. Prior to that a part of the exhibit was on display for 13 years at the famous Magic Towne House in New York City. The Magic Towne House was the location of the Official Houdini Seances in New York. New York City was where Houdini lived for most of his life, until his death.

Although these have been called "seances" by many, it was really meant as a scientific test between Houdini, his wife and friends. Some of magic╝s most famous personalities have attended previous seances held by the museum including :

Dorothy Dietrich, considered one of the world's leading experts on Houdini, as well as a world re- nowned female magician and escape artist. She has appeared on many major TV specials including a star- ring role in a Home Box Office Special tribute to Houdini hosted by Tony Curtis, who played Houdini in the film biography, 'You Asked For It," a Bill Cosby Special, The Tom Snyder Show and many others. She also appears in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

Famous author Walter B. Gibson, author of "The Shadow." He was also a Houdini biographer, ghostwriter, confidant of Houdini and his wife Bess. He was the only one to have ever seen Houdini's "secret notes" before they disappeared. Houdini's wife asked him to carry on the "seances." Before he died he asked Dorothy Dietrich to carry on the tradition of the yearly tributes to Houdini called by many "seances."

Milbourne Christopher, magic historian, and writer of several books on Houdini attended most of the New York "Houdini Seances" at New York's Magic Towne House before he passed away.

John Bravo, well know magician, editor and publisher of Hocus Pocus Magazine, with many TV and club appearance to his credit. He is also a director of The Houdini Museum.

It should be noted, Houdini never said he was coming back, or that he would open handcuffs at a seance, etc. He was the exposer of the very people who claimed they could get messages from dead relatives, make their ghosts appear, etc. He said such things were in his experience not possible, but being the greatest escape artist/magician that ever lived he, Houdini, would try to escape from the beyond. He is credited with putting this whole area of racketeering out of business. After ten years of no results his wife Bess sent out a letter to participants saying "since the failure of the ten year TEST, it is my opinion that all concerned have struck a mighty world wide blow at superstition." They are now done as a tribute to the great artist, but who knows? Being one of the greatest publicity artists of all time, he could return via the Internet. He would have loved it.

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For further information, interviews, photographs, etc., contact Penny Wilkes at The Houdini Museum (570) 342-5555 or email; magicusa@microserve.net

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The Houdini Museum has been In Scranton for 10 years, and open to the general public for five years in the Scranton/Pocono area. New York City was the location of the previous Halloween Official Houdini Seances held in New York City, where Houdini lived most of his life. Many famous magicians attended including Milbourne Christopher and Walter B. Gibson. According to Walter Houdini's wife asked him to carry on the Halloween seances and Walter, asked magician Dorothy Dietrich to carry them on as a tribute to Houdini on several occasions before he passed away.

The photo shows some of Magic's most famous figures at a New York "Houdini Seance." Although these have been called "seances" by many, it was really meant as a scientific test between Houdini, his wife and friends.

Seen in this photo are
1) Magic author and editor Byron Wells.
2) Long lost friend Solomon Cohen (where are you?)
3) Famous author Walter B. Gibson, author of "The Shadow," Houdini biographer, ghost writer, confidant of Houdini and his wife Bess. Before he died he asked Dorothy Dietrich to carry on the tradition of the yearly New York Official Houdini Seances as a tribute to Houdini."
4) America's leading female magician and an expert on Houdini, Dorothy Dietrich.
5) Milbourne Christopher, magic historian, and biographer of Houdini who attended most of the New York "Official Houdini Seances" at The Magic Towne House before he passed away.

Famous magician and writer Milbourne Christopher
at another of our "Houdini Seances" shortly before he passed away.


Please note the Mayor's proclamation above Walter and Dorothy's head.

A GREAT NEW BOOK ABOUT HOUDINI!!! "Houdini!!!" and is written by a Pulitzer Prize winning author who knows magic and magicians as well, Kenneth Silverman. A giant work with 150 pictures. Retails for $35 and we expect it to sell out. Order NOW!!! Send $32.50 plus $5 postage and handling in US or appropriate postage for non US destinations. Don't miss this. Send to Houdini Museum, 1433 N. Main Ave., Scranton PA 18508

Go to Halloween Home Page


Go to October Halloween Shows at the Houdini Museum
Go to Articles about past "Houdini Seances"

For many years Dunninger claimed he had a code with Houdini. Research proves this to be a falsehood

Go to Dunninger fake seance message claim

Houdini Museum.


Houdini biography.

Not well known facts about Houdini.
Houdini's local appearances
Some Houdini challenges in the area.
Houdini's brother Hardeen and other magic history
Houdini's exposure of psychics, mediums and other frauds.
Local writer writes of seeing Houdini many times.
Ads for Houdini's movies in Scranton.
Some Houdini portraits, drawings, etc.
Early theater history in Scranton.


About the Houdini museum and tour.
To order a T-Shirt.
Available souvenirs & Houidni Museum memberships.
Houdini Museum Information for GROUPS & FIELD TRIPS AND MAGIC SHOWS.
Picture gallery / celebrities along with the famous magicians who direct the Houdini Museum
Home Page of Dorothy Dietrich, leading female magician and a director of the Houdini Museum
Houdini Museum hours of Operation.....
Houdini Museum directions & Map.
Houdini Museum Memberships & Donations & Volunteers.
Go to FREE LINK TO US. SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS

Tourist Information...
Go to Pocono - Scranton Fun Guide.
Go to SCRANTON HISTORY. Historic Jewel of the Pocono Region.
Go to Tour 1 of Scranton. City skyline
Go to Tour 2 of Scranton. Government buildings
Go to Tour 3 of Scranton. A tour of Luna Amusement Park .
Go to Tour 4 of Scranton. A tour of the old coal mining area.
Go to Early theater history in Scranton.

Go to List of over 200 Pocono Scranton area hotels and restaurants listed by area and town.
Go to Information about the Lackawanna County Stadium 3 ON 3 Basketball Shootout
Go to Information about the Scranton Steamtown Marathon during fall foliage in October.
Go to (links)local hotels, museums, more Houdini links, CityLink USA, etc.
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