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“My brain is the key that sets me free.” This is one of Harry Houdini’s favorite expressions that he would write when he signed his name for his countless fans as one of vaudeville’s highest paid entertainers. It also represents what the Houdini Museum of New York is all about.
Our goal is to inspire all age groups to realize once you focus and set your mind on something, you can accomplish anything you desire. This was exactly the way Houdini lived his life. The museum captures Houdini’s larger than life personality from the time he was a young boy and the events and people that influenced him; how Houdini got started in magic and who were his first assistants and partners; what motivated Houdini to transform from being the King of Cards to the King of Handcuffs; how he risked his life by accepting all sort of unthinkable challenges in order to entertain his audiences; when Houdini became a motion picture star in the early days of film to his war on spiritualists. All this has led Houdini to become the most recognized name in magic despite he has been gone since 1926.
The Houdini Museum of New York has several hundred of the rarest and most important pieces that was used and personally belonged to Harry Houdini on display. In the museums archives are over 1500 pieces of Houdiniana that will allow for an ever changing display.
Some of Houdini’s items currently on display include extremely rare publicity posters, unthinkable handcuffs, large escape restraints, secret tools to escape, mystifying magic props, spiritualistic expose items, thought provoking photographs and creative advertising memorabilia. Many of the museums items have never been on display for public viewing.
A Houdini animatronic evens escapes from a straitjacket dangling from the ceiling. The original Metamorphosis trunk floats in the air as Rambo the live bunny looks on waiting to be greeted and pet by you. There is a magic stage for private performances and large screen tv’s showing rare Houdini film footage.
The Houdini Museum of New York also offers magic classes in private as in a group; lectures featuring top historians, authors and magicians; performers from through out the world who are considered the top magicians of today and the opportunity to host your private event at the museum.
The Houdini Museum of New York is located within the headquarters of Fantasma Magic the leading manufacturer of magic tricks and home of the most prestigious magic shop in the world. The shop features thousands of magic tricks to chose from and an enthusiastic professional magic staff performing amazing magic tricks that you can do. A limited amount of original Houdini items are also available for sale.
The majority of Houdini’s artifacts come from the private collection of Fantasma Toys and Magic CEO Roger Dreyer (click to see The NY Times Feature on Mr. Dreyer). As a child he was inspired by Houdini and his goal is to inspire others.
There has only been one Houdini and the Houdini Museum of New York allows you to experience the inner magic of this legendary performer. Maybe one day you will excel and become the next Houdini in any goal in life you set for yourself.
Admission is FREE and we welcome you or your group to visit 7 days a week.