Official Houdini Séance to Be Held in Cleveland on Halloween
Event to feature séance, live magic and medium readings
As each Halloween rolls around, the Official Houdini Séance selects a location for its haunting and thrilling event. This year, the séance will be held on All Hallow’s Eve (Tuesday, October 31) in Cleveland in the old bank vault at Crop Bistro (2537 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113 (ticket information below).
Houdini died 91 years ago on Halloween and this will be the 90th consecutive Official Houdini Séance. Houdini often performed in Cleveland when he was alive—maybe he will visit us once more again this year.
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.
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, Sydney 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 Syd’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 year, The Official Houdini Séance will take place in the old bank vault at Crop Bistro in Cleveland. There will be a 3-course meal, drinks, magic, speakers and a medium.
The price is $80/person and includes the 3-course meal and a bar drink. There will be cocktails served from 7:00-7:30 p.m.—and the bar will be open all night.
Dinner will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and a Houdini talk/discussion is on the docket for 8-8:30 p.m.
Paul Gallagher will entertain attendees with close-up magic from 7:30-8:00 p.m. and then will perform a formal parlor show from 8:30-9:00 p.m.
The Houdini Séance will then begin at 9 p.m. The séance’s medium will be Marianne Goldweber, owner of The Village Personal and Spiritual Development Center (www.mariannegoldweber.com). She will conduct the séance and will also be available for individual audience readings during the session. Marianne will also be available after the séance for separate, short individual readings until 11 p.m. (10-minute individual readings will cost $20 each).
There are only about 50 seats available for this intimate event. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
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