The other three Houdini stage illusions I’ll perform will be the Substitution Trunk, Water Cell Escape, and Vanishing Elephant.
The miniature cinder blocks for the Wall have arrived from Florida, and they are wonderful to behold. They stack beautifully and look great on the stage. I can’t wait to build a trial wall with them using real mortar and a mini trowel. In the performance of this illusion, I plan to construct the wall, brick by brick, on the stage before dramatically walking through the final structure. During this time, I’d like some live musical accompaniment, perhaps a Cellist. After the trick, I will auction off the finished wall along with a signed poster from the event.
The Substitution Trunk (based upon Houdini’s first original breakout stage illusion), will use apparatus created by Angelo Carbone, and manufactured by Tenyo. This trick is no longer being sold by the company, but it is a sought-after item by collectors. Consensus among magicians who own the Sub Trunk is that while ingenious in it’s method, the trick is challenging to perform consistently well. I don’t believe it has even been performed for the general public (outside of kitchen table and office desktop presentations). I look forward to bringing this gem to life inside the Miniature Magic Theater.
The Water Cell Escape is my interpretation of Houdini’s infamous Water Torture Cell. I have performed this illusion off and on since the beginning of the Suitcase of Wonders. I created the water cell myself based on a slightly modified Tannens version of a mini magic classic. I hope some of the drama and excitement of Houdini’s original illusion is represented in my interpretation, even if it is somewhat tongue and cheek. More about this trick is can be found in my book, found on this website.
The Vanishing Elephant remains in my current rotation of magic that I perform in the Suitcase of Wonders. Again, this is an artistic interpretation of Houdini’s stage illusion that he performed at New York’s Hippodrome. My version features an amazing walking automaton elephant, and a bamboo box based on a utility magic trick that nevertheless is strong enough to be a featured fooler. It is consistently a crowd favorite.
These four illusions will make up the Four by Houdini program. I’m in deep development of this show right now, and I hope to bring it to the public at some point in the coming year.