Houdini's Head

Discuss the historical aspects of magic, including memories, or favorite stories.

Postby Steve V » 08/15/03 08:46 PM

My father, after a 50 year break, is dating his highschool sweetheart again...she lives in Queens "right down the street from where Houdini is buried". She told me a story about Houdini's head being stolen, the statue one not the real one, and missing for some time. She said it was recovered when a son, after a fight with his father, ratted dad out to the cops and they went to dads and found the head. Is this true? Pretty interesting stuff if it is....
Steve V
Steve V
Steve V
Posts: 642
Joined: 01/20/08 01:00 PM
Location: Silver Springs, NV

Postby Kevin Connolly » 08/15/03 09:31 PM

Yes, it's pretty much true. As I remember it, the original marble one Houdini had made was smahed to pieces in the 1970's. The vandals had heard a silly rumor that Houdini's secrets were in the bust. Needless to say, there wasn't anything.

After the destruction, the S.A.M. asked for donations for a new one. Several duplicates were made for the Parent Assembly and to heavy contributors to the bust fund. I think the Parent assembly tried once more to replace the bust and that's when the bust you mentioned was stolen. A son/son-in-law had a fight with his father/father-in-law over, believe it or not, over some tools one of them borrowed. When the son/son-in-law came up short, he turned dear old dad in. The bust, I believe was in the garage.

On the same subject, it's a real shame the Parent Assembly dropped the long standing tradition of performing the Broken Wand Ceremony on Halloween. Too bad the people running the show had to make a 60+ year tradition come to a screaching end.

Best Always,

Kevin Connolly
Please visit my website.
I buy,sell + trade Houdini, Hardeen items.
User avatar
Kevin Connolly
Posts: 2408
Joined: 01/17/08 01:00 PM
Location: New Jersey

Return to Magic History and Anecdotes