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For info about the deeds go to DEEDS
For info about the Play Money go to PLAY MONEY
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For more on the origins of the real estate trading game click on Elizabeth "Lizzy" Magie Phillips. The museum is located in Scranton. adjacent to the large tourist area known as The Poconos. Houdini had the longest engagement of his career in this area of NE Pennsylvania. Two full seasons with The Welsh Brothers Circus, 1895 and 1898. The Houdini Museum is well established, and is the only building in the world dedicated to Houdini. It has been in its present location for 29 years. Before that was on the upper East side of Manhattan for 15 years.
Every donor will get at least one game. It will be a very limited edition. We only intend to manufacture as many games as we sell through this program. As with all items Houdini over time it will become collectible and rise in value. Many we have spoken to have said they will be buying a game or games to play as well as games to save intact as collectibles. You Can't Escape The Fun!
Houdini-Opoly is an exciting hero board game for 2-6 players built around the life of one of the most exciting personalities in history. To make the game more thrilling and up to date all of the prices and values throughout the game have been increased proportionally. The largest bill is now $5,000! As you go around the board you will learn about the life of this great icon of the entertainment field, in a fun way. The real estate properties on the board are the actual key places in Houdini's life in chronological order. Each of the property deed cards has additional fun historic information about that particular time and place in Houdini's life. Each time you play you will get different deeds and land on different spots so both the both the enjoyment, and your knowledge about Houdini will increase. Donors will be able to get their names on the deed cards, chance cards, the play money, the box and even the game board itself. Their names will be part of Houdini history forever!
When performing in Hammerstein's Victoria Theatre in 1912 in New York, Houdini requested his weekly salary in gold coins from boss Willie Hammerstein. Hammerstein gave in to this odd request and gave Houdini a heavy canvas bag laden with $1,000 in gold coins After having his assistants polish them, Houdini went to his mother's room at 278 W. 113th Street and according to Bess, he said, "Mother, Mother, do you remember the promise I made to father years ago; that I would always look after you? Look what I bring you now! Hold out your apron!" And he poured the shiny coins from the bag into his mother's lap. His mother clasped her son and tears streamed down the cheeks of both of them. He had kept his promise to his father.
On January 7th, 1918 Houdini performed his "Vanishing Elephant" trick at New York's Hippodrome Theater. The Hippodrome featured the world's largest stage along with a heard of trained elephants. It was only done in NYC. In 1918 at the Hippodrome for 4 months as part of a larger show called "Cheer Up". Then at the Times Square Theatre in 1922 for promotion one of his movies.
Houdini loved animals and for most of his years he and Bess toured with a little dog. Charlie was a tiny poodle they cherrished. They also from time to time used a rabbit, and an "eagle" or falcon in the show. For many years they had a pet parrot.
Here's Houdini with doves, rabbits, his dog Charlie and Bobby.
Houdini and his brother, and also an escape artist,
Hardeen, dressed up in Europe. Houdini is in the dark coat.
One of Houdini great features were his penetrating, almost hypnotic eyes.
Credit due to the following for their tireless research on Houdini and help, without which this would not have been possible, often with direct contact or via the Internet,
Dean Carnegie, Milbourne Christopher, John Cox-Wild About Houdini, Pat Culliton, Joe Fox, Walter B. Gibson, David Haversat, Leonard Hevia, John Hinson, Tom Interval, Joe Notaro, Arthur Moses, John Oliver, Fred Pittella, Bill Rauscher, Steve Santini, Mark Willoughby, and others.
Along with important books by RuthBrandon, Milbourne Christopher, Pat Culliton, Walter B. Gibson, Will Goldston, William Lindsay Gresham, Dough Henning, Beatrice Houdini, Harry Houdini, Bill Kalush, Bruce MacNab, Charles Reyonlds, Ken Silverman and others.
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