Today, I toured the exhibit at the Skirball. It is absolutely terrific. The Houdini section is beautiful, but, the fact that many other magicians are featured is even more beautiful.
Houdini has gotten more attention than any magician in history, we know that. And that has been to the disadvantage of all the rest of magic history.
This time, Houdini will draw the people in and they will learn something about Goldin, DeBiere, Okito, Fogel, Ballantine, Marvyn Roy and others.
Curiously missing is Hardeen.
Who provided the Milk Can? It looks like either a Hardeen Can or the Can that Hardeen permitted Julian Proskauer to have made, which was a copy of the Hardeen Milk Can.
Also missing is any reference to the thousands of challenges Houdini got people to present to him. The challenges were such a basic part of Houdini's career.
But, you couldn't fit everything about Houdini into ten Skirball Centers.
They did great!
Nobody who is interested in magic history should miss this exhibit.
I understand that on Thursdays, admission to the Skirball is free.
The Skirball is organizing a day at the Magic Castle for their "Learning for Life" project. I am lecturing on "Houdini in Los Angeles" and Jim Bentley will be performing in a hitherto unseen one-act play by Jim Steinmeyer.
Here's the link for that:
http://www.skirball.org/programs/course ... 1/title956
Hope to see some of you there.