The must-read web site Wild about Harry reports that next stop on the Houdini: Art and Magic tour is Los Angeles, California.
Even 85 years after his passing, the showman still packs ’em in. The show was boffo at The Jewish Museum in New York and organizers appear to be doubling down on the presentation by adding a retrospective of Jewish Magicians entitled, Masters of Illusions: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age.
The exhibition’s home in Los Angeles will be at the appropriately fancy Skirball Cultural Center. The doors will spring open on April 28, 2011.
But wait, there’s even more. According to Wild About Harry, “[o]ne notable change to the Houdini Art and Magic exhibition will be the inclusion of John Gaughan’s authentic working replica of Houdini’s Water Torture Cell. The Gaughan replica will ONLY be displayed at this L.A. stop.”
The web site promises full coverage of the exhibition, the comings and goings of noted guests and special side events. Look for lectures featuring Joshua Jay, Mike Caveney, Max Maven, and Marvyn (“Mr. Electric”) Roy.
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Following its Los Angeles showing, Houdini: Art and Magic will travel to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA (September 30, 2011–January 16, 2012) and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI (February 11–May 13, 2012).
Link to Press Release from Skirball Cultural Center can be found here.