Photos from Houdini miniseries with Adrien Brody

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Photos from Houdini miniseries with Adrien Brody

Postby JohnCox » July 24th, 2014, 10:41 pm

Hey gang.

I've just posted two photos of the Milk Can and Water Torture Cell as depicted in the upcoming Houdini miniseries with Adrien Brody:
http://www.wildabouthoudini.com/2014/07 ... udini.html

Also a shot of the lovely Kristen Connolly as Bess Houdini:
http://www.wildabouthoudini.com/2014/07 ... udini.html

I'll be posting more photos throughout the weekend.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » July 25th, 2014, 12:11 am

Thanks John. I'm not a big Houdini guy but I will be watching this, so thanks for the updates.
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Postby JohnCox » July 25th, 2014, 12:13 pm

Dustin Stinett wrote:Thanks John. I'm not a big Houdini guy but I will be watching this, so thanks for the updates.
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Thanks Dustin. I've been going wild with this thing. You can catch up on all my posts (60 total!) by clicking below:
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Post 61 later today. :)
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Re: Photos from Houdini miniseries with Adrien Brody

Postby Bill Mullins » August 21st, 2014, 12:04 pm

Good interview with Brody re: the Houdini show.

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Re: Photos from Houdini miniseries with Adrien Brody

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 21st, 2014, 12:23 pm

This is interesting:

"Those escapes—from straitjackets and freezing rivers and Chinese water-torture contraptions—are faithfully recreated in “Houdini” by Brody, Kristen Connolly as his wife, and Evan Jones as his assistant. Along the way, the secrets to his seemingly impossible feats are often revealed to the audience.

“There is an oath not to reveal certain tricks. And I had issues with this,” Brody admits. “But the audience will gain an understanding of how some great illusions worked. You could probably find them online these days. I feel like it’s an interesting facet of the storytelling, but I don’t really like that certain things are revealed because he wouldn’t have wanted to reveal them.”

I wonder if the explanations will be "false" or real.
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Postby JohnCox » August 21st, 2014, 8:57 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:I wonder if the explanations will be "false" or real.


They are real. I have issues with it too.

Certainly will prompt discussion.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » August 21st, 2014, 9:05 pm

I didn't say if I had any issues or not--just wondering if they're false or real. John: Are they explanations of escapes or magic?
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Postby JohnCox » August 21st, 2014, 9:48 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:I didn't say if I had any issues or not--just wondering if they're false or real. John: Are they explanations of escapes or magic?


Oh, I meant I was in agreement with Brody who said he had "issues."

Escapes and magic.
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Re: Photos from Houdini miniseries with Adrien Brody

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 21st, 2014, 10:11 pm

No laymen is going to be surprised at an exposure of lock-picking, or some pseudo-explanation of how you get out of a straitjacket (this has been done before) but some folks might get grumpy if they reveal how the Milk Can or Water Torture Cell worked. And if they purport to reveal how The Vanishing Elephant was done, unless Jim Steinmeyer was their consultant (and I don't believe he was involved), they'll be wrong. Not that it matters if they're wrong or right--laymen will accept either.

Anyone going to panic if they expose a botania?
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Re: Photos from Houdini miniseries with Adrien Brody

Postby I.M. Magician » August 21st, 2014, 10:19 pm

Once upon a time, the purpose of magic was to fool your audience in order to entertain them. Nowadays, the purpose of magic is more about exposure. What a shame...

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Postby Richard Kaufman » August 21st, 2014, 11:50 pm

Don't overgeneralize.
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Re: Photos from Houdini miniseries with Adrien Brody

Postby Dustin Stinett » August 22nd, 2014, 2:49 am

I saw a "sneak peek" of the miniseries the other day. A few other things I saw bothered me: Houdini doing a bullet catch. Houdini being "saved" from the Upside Down via an axe breaking it so the water runs out. I don't know what these clips mean: the scenes could be dream sequences for all I know. But if not, I will never be able to grasp why Hollywood has to screw with his life story. The real story is a good one.

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Re: Photos from Houdini miniseries with Adrien Brody

Postby I.M. Magician » August 22nd, 2014, 3:19 pm

To be more specific, once upon a time, there was Don Alan's Ranch and Magic Land of Allakazam. Nowadays, there is Breaking The Magician's Code and, from what I am hearing, a Houdini series revealing secrets.

I know. Not all magic shows on TV reveal secrets. But, there was a time when that kind of thing would never happen as far as I know.

Is it that the producers don't think that performing magic is enough to get good ratings? Is nothing scared? :shock:


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