2018 Official Houdini Séance

The Séance will be held on Wednesday, October 31st (doors at 6:30 p.m.) at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, MD 21202).

Members-Only Tickets: $25 (discount applied at checkout): Purchase Tickets Now

General Public Tickets: $50 – These tickets will go on sale October 3, 2018.

*Please note that seating is extremely limited for this event.*

Houdini died 92 years ago on Halloween and this will be the 91st consecutive Official Houdini Séance – and it’s first occurence in Baltimore. Houdiniperformed in Maryland many times over his career – perhaps he will once again make an appearance!

This year’s seance will include roving magician performances, expert presentations, the official séance itself, and a spectacular finale, along with wine and a light dinner (dietary laws observed).

Harry Houdini died at Grace Hospital in Detroit on Halloween 1926 from complications of acute appendicitis. He had told his wife, Bessie Houdini—and close friend, confidant and mentalist Joe Dunninger—that if he died he would make every effort to communicate with the living and established a secret code to guarantee proof if indeed he was successful. Every year since his death, an official séance was held to see if he could come across the veil and prove the spiritual afterlife existed. Unfortunately, he never visited from beyond.

Final Houdini seance in 1936. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

After 10 years, Bess Houdini declared the séance efforts over; however, Houdini’s brother Hardeen took up the torch and continued the tradition for many more years. There was never a sign from Houdini. When Hardeen passed away, his protégé and magic collector, Sidney Radner, was directed to continue the séance and did so every year until his death at 91 years of age in 2011. He was accompanied by his good friend Tom Boldt for many years in this endeavor.

Now Sid’s son, Bill Radner, along with Tom, continue the tradition. They have selected a small group of Houdini experts and enthusiasts to be part of the “Inner Circle” and sit at the séance table each year. In the past, these séances have been small and private; however, as the interest in Houdini has only grown over time, the official séance was opened to the public in 2012.

This program is presented in relation to the Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini exhibit, on display June 24, 2018 – January 21, 2019.

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