CALL NUMBER: POS - MAG - .H37, no. 2 (C size) <P&P>[P&P]
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC2-1503 (color film copy slide)LC-USZ62-53796 (b&w film copy neg.)
RIGHTS INFORMATION: No known restrictions on publication.
MEDIUM: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 101 x 70 cm.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: N.Y. : Carey and Sons Lith., [1936?]
Carey and Sons Lith.
Created by "Carey and Sons Lith, N.Y."
Under the terms of Houdini's will, the Library of Congress inherited the magic and spiritualism components of the great mystifier's library. Beatrice Houdini received the Theater Collection, now at the University of Texas at Austin. Apparatus and other stage effects were bequeathed to Hardeen. As exemplified by the poster shown here, Hardeen used testamentary language in an effort to position himself as Houdini's heir in magic. His role, however, was to remain "Brother of Houdini." Often credited with having been the first to realize the dramatic potential of doing a straitjacket escape in full view of an audience, Hardeen, nevertheless, was not the creative, evolving, ego-driven force represented by his sibling. The riveting magic of Houdini came from within. Once he was gone, the presence of his apparatus spoke most eloquently about a greater absence--a legend who had fused mastery of detail with great showmanship, daring, imagination, and mystery.
Despite directions to the contrary, Hardeen passed on to others the legacy he had received. Today, many of the handcuffs and related items are held in the Houdini Historical Center located in the magician's first American hometown--Appleton, Wisconsin. A fire, however, at the Houdini Museum and Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls, Canada consumed all but the metal frame of the prominently displayed Upside Down Water Torture Cell.
Forms part of the McManus-Young Collection.
Transferred from; LC Rare Book and Special Collections Division; 1956.
Houdini, Harry,--1874-1926. Hardeen,--1876-1945. Wills. Magicians.
Portrait prints.Theatrical posters American.Lithographs Color.
PART OF: Magic Poster Collection (Library of Congress)
REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
DIGITAL ID: (digital file from intermediary roll copy film) var 1623 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/var.1623 (digital file from color film copy slide) cph 3b49403 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b49403 (digital file from b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b01760 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b01760
CONTROL #: var1994001581/PP
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