Wednesday, March 23, 2011

J. Gordon Whitehead, --- Ok , Who was he ? Just a Student @ McGill

J. Gordon Whitehead (Not the Guy in The Photo) .was also as it appears the best Illusionist in the World,..cause He made the great  Ehrich Weiss   Disappear.......well it took a few days but ,Old .Ehrich Weiss never did come back,......and My Friends that is the great Montreal Connection to the famous Ehrich Weiss        .Don't look for him on a Milk Carton, & don';t even bother with your old dusty Ouiji Board,......old Ehrich is not coming back......

The Last Days

In the fall of 1926, Houdini took a new show on the road. It was an elaborate, two and half hour performance, requiring Houdini to be on stage almost the entire time. The show featured magic, a section debunking spiritualism, and escapes from a coffin and a Chinese water torture, which had become one of Houdini’s most famous stunts. In the Chinese water torture escape, Houdini’s hands and feet were bound and he was lowered, upside down, into a glass tank filled with water, which was then securely closed. In mid-October, the tour took a bad turn in Providence, Rhode Island when Bess contracted a case of food poisoning. Despite the presence of a nurse, Houdini was deeply worried about his wife and stayed awake all night at her side. By the time they reached the next stop, Albany, New York, Houdini had gone three nights without sleep, his only rest coming from brief naps. Then, during the Albany show, the frame holding his leg in place for the Chinese water torture jerked, causing his ankle to break. Used to performing with smaller injuries, Houdini refused medical care and insisted on completing the show, but was awake all night from the pain. The tour nonetheless proceeded to the next stop in Montreal, Canada.

http://www.apl.org/history/houdini/biography.html

..........................and it looks like Google is today celebrating what would have been Harry's 137 Birthday.................................and so another Montreal Connection.....

                                                   Cheers !! HF&RV

8 comments:

Les F said...

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dOIxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4KEFAAAAIBAJ&dq=harry%20houdini&pg=1686%2C3807929

Les F said...

Happy Birthday Harry ...............................that will teach you to challenge a Montrealer:
.........Cheers !! HF&RV

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Les F said...

Son of a gun, that buggers good , 4 out of 5 msg's gone 'period' just like that: Cheers !! HF&RV
.Happy Birthday Harry.

Les F said...

This is the only known photograph of the man who killed Houdini....

J.Gordon Whitehead ,died July 5 th 1954 ,the picture is taken inside a Montreal bookstore,...he is the guy wearing the hat. Cheers !! HF&RV