Dear Geno and others.
I have been to your Houdini Shops in Las Vegas and must complilment you on the great job you are doing. Dorothy Dietrich and my self vist there often. (Dick Brooks)
YOUR information on the registration of Official Houdini Seance is quite interesting. We have been doing ours in New York City and in Scranton for over 30 years with well known magicians along with members and presidents of the SAM, as well as with the sanction and attendance of the Blood family (s far a I know the only people still in magic related to Bess and Harry in any way). We have newspaper articles and video tapes to attest to our doing them with such famous magicians as the great Milbourne Christopher and the very legendary and wonderful Walter B. Gibson, who had passed the mantel to Dorothy. According to a search on the web, "Official Houdini Seance" was trademarked way after our use in the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's etc., possibly to try to take it from us.
HERE IS THE INFO. Please note by they registration itself was in 2002 with their first use in 2001 as stated by them, long after our first use. Nobody should claim to "OWN" Houdini. The seances go way back to 1927. All seances should be official as that is what Bess and Saint wanted. I do not believe Sid Radner ever met or saw Houdini, as my father did. I am not sure if he ever met his wife. SO HOW CAN HIS BE THE "OFFICIAL" SEANCES? Everyone who does a Houdini Seance should be able to call it official if they do it honestly and in the way Bess Houdini and Edward Saint would have approved. Let us ALL keep magic and Houdini alive!
HERE IS THE INFORMATION
THE OFFICIAL HOUDINI SEANCE
Goods and Services IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: ENTERTAINMENT IN THE NATURE OFSEANCES, NECROMANCY AND MENTALISTIC PERFORMANCES.
FIRST USE: 20011031.
FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20041031
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 76393523
Filing Date April 9, 2002
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition February 17, 2004
Registration Number 2952290
Registration Date May 17, 2005
Owner (REGISTRANT) Radner, Sidney INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 1050Northampton Street Holyoke MASSACHUSETTS 01040
Attorney of Record NICHOLAS A. KEES
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE "SEANCE" APART FROMTHE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
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