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  • Adrien Brody performs tricks, shticks of the Great Harry Houdini

    By Tom Tugend

    August 27, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Erik Weisz, son of an unsuccessful immigrant rabbi from Hungary, settled in Appleton, Wis., became a world-famous magician and escape artist and changed his name to Harry Houdini.

    He always liked to live on the edge. In one spat with his wife, Bess, he told her, “I’d rather...

  • Connecting with the dead in the play ‘Flim Flam’

    July 16, 2014 | 9:45 am

    Is the ability to connect with the dead a valid phenomenon, or is it, in the words of renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, merely “flimflam,” meaning, what performers do to make lies seem like truth?  That question propels the play “Flim Flam,” which dramatizes the investigation...

  • Jewish masters of magic materialize at Skirball

    April 25, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Prestidigitation as a Jewish vocation? Could there be such a thing as Yiddeshe legerdemain? Pulling an answer out of its hat, the Skirball Cultural Center is set to open two shows: a traveling exhibition that originated at the Jewish Museum in New York, “Houdini: Art and Magic,”...

  • How to Make a Yiddish Musical

    By Melville Shavelson

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Update: August 9, 2007: Oscar-nominated screenwriter Mel Shavelson died yesterday at 90.
    When I got the call from Montreal, fortunately I was sitting down. The woman said her name was Bryna Wasserman, and she wanted to produce a musical based on the film I had made about Harry...

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