Houdini Seance this year?

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Postby JohnCox » 09/04/05 06:35 PM

Does anyone have any information on where the annual Houdini Seance will be held this year?

Thanks.

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Postby Geno Munari » 09/05/05 06:50 PM

I am sorry but I don't know or can't remember the exact location, but will be where Ray Goulet lives.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/05/05 08:05 PM

Ray Goulet lives in Watertown, Massachussetts.
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Postby Tom Frank » 09/08/05 07:31 AM

Hey Geno, why not bring me back to perform the rope escape again like we did in Woodinville, WA

That was such a rush!! Bringing in a ringer who was a bondage master was a nice touch.

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Postby Necromancer » 09/08/05 04:58 PM

It may not be THE Houdini Seance, but A Houdini Seance is an annual event by the Chicago S.A.M. Assembly as part of National Magic Week. It is open to the public (and magicians, of course). Details for this year's seance will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Postby Geno Munari » 09/08/05 07:04 PM

Hi Tom

I don't know about a bondage master but your act was as good as it gets. It was totally entertaining and verite'. Simply outstanding.

I am not the key player right now and will certainly tell Sid.

Hope all is well.

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Postby Tom Frank » 09/15/05 11:09 AM

Geno, very nice of you to say.

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Postby Spellbinder » 09/15/05 02:51 PM

Houdini Seance on the Internet:
http://www.houdini.org/halloween.html
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Postby Geno Munari » 09/15/05 05:44 PM

I am sorry to say that whomever this organization is is, using the "Official Houdini Seance", may be in trademark infringement of the mark that is owned by Tom Boldt and Sid Radner.
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Postby Geno Munari » 09/15/05 07:14 PM

I just located the information. The Official Houdini Seance(r) is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and owned by Sid Radner. The registration number is 2,952,290.

This other seance is definitely infringing upon an existing registered mark.
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Postby JohnCox » 09/16/05 05:36 PM

Originally posted by Geno Munari:
I just located the information. The Official Houdini Seance(r) is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and owned by Sid Radner. The registration number is 2,952,290.

This other seance is definitely infringing upon an existing registered mark.
Not to mention confusing Harry. No wonder he can't find his way back. :p

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Postby Jim Klodzen » 09/27/05 07:40 PM

Hello!

The American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan will be having an event this year on October 29, 2005. Check here for more details.

http://www.americanmuseumofmagic.org/News.html

If any one is interested in attending please contact me through the web site.

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Postby Spellbinder » 09/28/05 07:18 AM

Originally posted by Jim Klodzen:

The American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan will be having an event this year on October 29, 2005. Check here for more details.
I took the liberty of adding the event to the Calendar of Magical Events on Spellbinder's Magic Nook site.

The web page you directed us to for the event could be improved with a link at the bottom of the page back to your site's home page so people can find more information about the museum.

If you take another photo for next year, be sure to add some extra fake hands on the table just for fun!
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Postby Jim Klodzen » 09/29/05 04:48 AM

Thanks Jim for the suggestion!

I've recieved a few emails asking about the picture. It is from our Desfor collection and was taken on October 30, 1948. The location is Walter Gibson's apartment in NYC.

The people are from left to right:

Milt Kelly (Associated Press)
Edwin Burkholder (Mystery Writer)
Mrs. Sidney Radner
Stewart Robb (Writer)
Bob Sherman (Magician & Dealer)
Crystal Dunninger
Edward Dart (Publisher of Conjuror's Magazine)
Mrs. Edward Dart
Sidney Radner (Houdini Collector)
Bob Lund (Writer, Collector, Founder of AMM)
Ralph Read (Editor of Tarbell's Volumes)

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Postby Guest » 10/17/05 04:50 AM

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

Word Mark
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
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
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