The Official Houdini Séance Returns to Milwaukee
This Halloween will mark the 90th anniversary of the untimely death of master illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini. The death of Houdini is, somewhat fittingly, still shrouded in mystery and legend. But many believe, as Houdini himself did, that death was only one more great straitjacket from which to escape. While he devoted his later years to exposing fraudulent mediums and spiritualists, Houdini and his wife, Bess, were true believers in the potential for the dead to communicate with the living. They made a pact that whoever was first to die would try to “reach out” to the survivor. For ten years after his death, Bess held annual séances, some lasting as long as a week, in the hopes that her dear Harry might make contact. But eventually, Bess moved on. “Ten years is long enough to wait for any man,” she allegedly said.
But the strange
life and death of Harry Handcuff Houdini (his legal name, changed from Erik
Weisz) has kept his “spirit” alive in certain circles, even if the spirit has
preferred to remain quiet. This Monday, which also happens to be Halloween, the
Official Annual Houdini Séance will be held in
This will not be
the first organized attempt to contact Houdini from his old hometown. The
earliest publicized Houdini séance was held here in August 1948 by members of
the Milwaukee Houdini Club. In the old Press and
Even if Houdini maintains his silence from beyond the grave, Monday night’s show should be a full and entertaining event. The program begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15, available on the Oriental Theater website or at the door. For more info, visit the Séance’s Facebook page.