I read with great interest that Eduardo was wanting to put together a show in honor of Houdini. I have been for some time considering putting together "An Evening With Robert-Houdin".
I have already built a few of his effects, but my concern is...while everyone (Magicians and non-Magicians) has heard of Harry Houdini, I wonder how many non-magicians are familiar with Robert-Houdin. People that are not familiar with Houdin would not know about Diavolo, The Orange Tree, etc and I wonder in modern times if they would be impressed with the magic of the 1840's. Would they consider his effects quaint or just outdated?
I don't know. I have built my version of Antonio Diavolo (he is posted on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44UBXBlGmik ),
and having shown the video to a few friends they seemed to be not terribly impressed. The Orange tree is a very pretty effect (Paul Daniels did a wonderful job of it), but there is not a great deal of flashiness about it. My Orange Tree is on my website. www.clockworkuniverse.net
I would love to hear any opinions on how you think Houdins effects would be accepted today.