Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Before there was Michael Jordan or Tiger Wood there was Hardeen! It seems Hardeen was way ahead of his time. Here is an ad that appeared in the October 20, 1905 edition of the London Daily Mail paper. The huge ad is for Zam-Buk Medicated Ointment and there is a drawing of Hardeen on both the left and right sides plus his name is in the headline at the top of the ad. If you're interested you can still get this produce today at http://www.zam-buk.com/
Click on the image above to see a larger version and find out what Hardeen has to say about Zam-Buk!
(by the way, Hardeen's brother, some guy by the name of Houdini, also was a spokesman for the product)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
To me the greatest of Houdini's Challenges was when he was faced with the Mirror Cuffs. This took place at the London Hippodrome. Thankfully, this building still stands however it has been converted to the Hippodrome Casino. A view of their website will show the main casino showroom is clearly the old auditorium. They do offer live entertainment, but it's on a much smaller scale, a 160 seat Cabaret.
I'm not going to go over the whole Mirror Challenge. If you aren't familiar with it, most of the Houdini biographies cover it. The latest book by Patrick Culliton goes into some very interesting details and adds another layer on the mystery of Houdini.