How well do you know Harry Houdini?

In honor of Houdini’s 137th birthday, we encourage you to visit our exhibition, Houdini: Art and Magic, online or in-person. And if you’re up for the challenge, please let us know, how well you know, Harry Houdini. One winner will be chosen randomly from those with the highest tally. The winner will receive a related [...]

“My darling I love you”

On June 22, 1894, Harry Houdini married Wilhelmina Beatrice (“Bess”) Rahner after just three weeks of courtship. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon at Coney Island and were married for 32 years. Bess, a Cathholic girl born in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, was an entertainer in her own right and performed at the Sea Beach [...]

Collective Magic: An Interview with Dr. Bruce J. Averbook

In our final installment of Collective Magic we meet Dr. Bruce J. Averbook. A magician since childhood, he enjoys performing card magic and is interested in mentalism. Dr. Averbook started his collection nearly 20 years ago and he has acquired notable objects such as Houdini’s diaries. Currently on view in Houdini: Art and Magic, the [...]