Saturday, June 8, 2024

Tragic Fire At Vanishing Inc Warehouse


Yesterday evening, June 7th, 2024, there was a fire at the Sacramento CA warehouse of Vanishing Inc, the online magic shop/dealer. By all accounts, the fire destroyed everything. The only good bit of news was that no one was harmed in the fire. According to Joshua Jay and Andy Gladwin, the cofounders of Vanishing Inc, they have every intention of rebuilding. They have also assured their 47 employees that they will still have jobs! 

The magic community is a small one. Despite all the infighting online and on various Facebook forums and such, we tend to stay together. We are also largely supportive of one another. I remember years back when Denny Haney of Denny's Magic Shop was going through some rough patches, hundreds of us showed up at the shop to buy something. That along with online orders, kept him going and helped him through the rough time.

Back, in 1926, Adelaide Herrmann's NYC warehouse also burned down. All the props from the Herrmann show, or at least most of them were completely destroyed in the fire. Many magicians got together and donated props and money to Adelaide so she could rebuild, and she did. 

I would give them a few days to figure things out, but please consider putting in an order to to help support them. Or if you like they have a tremendous virtual and streaming service, take advantage of that if you never have before. Let's help turn this tragedy around and keep Vanishing Inc going for many years to come!

Monday, June 3, 2024

Happy Birthday Tony Curtis


Born June 3rd, 1925 as Bernard Schwartz. He became known as Hollywood Actor Tony Curtis. And to those in the magic world, he was HOUDINI. He starred in the 1953 Paramount Production of HOUDINI along with Janet Leigh, Angela Clarke, Torin Hatcher and others. Joe Dunninger was listed as technical advisor, though George Boston did more work directly with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

The movie went on to inspire a lot of people to get into magic...(myself included). To many, Curtis's portrayal was our first exposure to Houdini. Though highly fictionalized, it still does a good job capturing many details from Houdini's life

If you'd like to hear more about The Other Houdini, check out my podcast on this very subject. Until then, Happy Birthday Tony!

Friday, May 31, 2024

#Houdini Trends on Twitter


May 30th, 2024, I noticed that the hashtag #HOUDINI was trending high on Twitter/X.  I just happened to be on Twitter last night and I happened to notice that #HOUDINI was trending. I chose to jump on the bandwagon and I reposted one of my Houdini podcast links and added the hashtage. Sure enough, that episode shot up in a matter of minutes. It was remarkable.

Now the reason it was trending. Rap artist, Eminem has a new album called HOUDINI. And the cover art is quite interesting. The only thing I can see that is related to Houdini is the NAME and FONT. But there appears to be more Thurston/Kellar inspired with the little red imps. 

I dont know much more about the album, as I'm not really into rap music. But it's certainly a nice nod to HOUDINI.