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The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini

  • Theater 80 80 Saint Marks Place New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Transporting audiences to 1926, the year Harry Houdini died, Speakeasy Dollhouse unravels the mystery of his untimely death. Written and directed by Cynthia von Buhler and based on her comic book series from Titan Comics/Hard Case Crime, The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini follows private investigator Minky Woodcock on her first case. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believes Houdini is not merely a magician but has supernatural powers; Bess Houdini suspects her husband is cheating on her. Minky goes undercover as Houdini’s new assistant, and when the great illusionist dies, Minky’s investigation leads her to the darkest of secrets…
Audience members will witness Harry Houdini’s final days through an immersive theater experience in which they are assigned a character to follow and then view events through that character’s point of view. They might find themselves attending a séance, helping the magician rehearse backstage, sipping absinthe in a speakeasy, spying on an affair in a hotel room, witnessing an attempted murder, visiting Houdini in his hospital room, or viewing his body in the morgue. All attendees “travel via train” to watch Houdini’s final month of performances, including his iconic Water Torture Chamber act, in Rhode Island, Montreal and Detroit. VIP guests follow Harry Houdini or Minky Woodcock, receive the best seats in the house for the stage portions of the show, and are invited onstage to inspect the Water Torture Chamber.  Audience members are encouraged to come back again to follow other key players and see alternate facets of what actually led to Houdini’s fateful death. Evidence is revealed, but the truth is left up to the theatergoer to decide.

Replete with incredible magic tricks and authentic recreations of spiritualist demonstrations, the production offers up a meticulously detailed slice of Houdini history.

Earlier Event: September 27
The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini
Later Event: September 28
The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini