Info on Jim Collins

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Postby Guest » 09/04/04 05:40 PM

I tried this on "another" forum and got nowhere fast. As both an experienced builder and far less experienced performer who had good backstage help, I know that the "man behind the curtain" (not sexist, just Wizard of Ozish)is crucial to a career.
In Houdini's case, it was by and large Jim Collins for many years. However, info on Collins is sparse... to the point of non-existent in my searching. Lots of Houdini- little Collins.
Does anyone know where I might find more?

Postby Jerry Harrell » 09/04/04 06:27 PM

Genii, October 1961 (Vol 26, No 2), the article "Houdini's Assistants," by Patrick Culliton.
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Postby Guest » 09/04/04 07:15 PM

Gresham's book on Houdini, emphasizes the importance of Collins, more than any other.
I remember, reading in a LINKING RING ring report,of some members who were related to Collins...may have been Vickery...but I think Collins. I then passed that lead to the Houdini Museum in Appleton, which the curator thankfully accepted. Like some of it's earliest supporters and boosters, would not NOW, aid/support the museum.
To me, the right-hand people like Jim Collins, David Lustig, or George White, are just as interesting as those they helped, to get the bows.

Postby Jacky Kahan » 09/05/04 12:43 AM


a search on google gave the following: ... e_gen.html

and lot's of references to movie credits about Houdini...

Hope this helps...

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