Houdini’s Magic Comes to Holyoke

Houdini’s Magic Come to Holyoke
Opening Night: Friday, Sept. 14th
Wistariahurst Museum

Select pieces from the Magic Collection of Sidney Radner are highlighted by many items of Harry Houdini memorabilia. The exhibit, ” Houdini, Holyoke and the Sidney Radner Collection” explores Radner’s connection to the history of magic and Houdini, through his collection which contains handcuffs, tools, posters, documents, and ephemera. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Sept 14 from 6-8pm to view significant pieces of magic and Houdini memorabilia. Roving magicians and slight of hand practitioners will keep all delighted and entertained. ($)

During the months of September and October, the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke will house a special exhibit filled with magic history – featuring specifically many items used by the world famous magician Harry Houdini!  The exhibit includes many different objects, including handcuffs, tools, posters, documents, and more, all from the collection of Houdini enthusiast and fellow magician Sidney Radner (known otherwise as Rednar the Magician).

The opening night of the exhibit (September 14th) will include exciting events between 6 and 8pm.  There will be roving magicians (pockets literally full of illusions to share), and a chance to see some of the most exciting Houdini memorabilia up close and personal.

By visiting the museum, families can learn about the history of performed magic and its evolution over time, as well as the secrets behind some of Houdini’s favorite tricks.  Older students can use a visit to the exhibit as a logic lesson, especially when learning about card tricks.  Looking at the history of magic can also help supplement studies of American history and cultural change.  Kids can compare the portrayal of magicians in posters and print material to the ways in which magic is introduced and portrayed today.

The Wistariahurst Museum is located at 238 Cabot Street in Holyoke, MA. For more information, visit www.wistariahurst.org or call 413-322-5660.

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