The thing I enjoyed the most about this place is that it is almost hiding amongst surrounding houses and is pretty small, but it is jam packed with Houdini memorabilia. It started with a video of Houdini's life and then we were brought into a room with lots of memorabilia. The tour guide was very good at managing the rather large crowd and explaining everything in the rooms - he encouraged the little kids to come up front and was very funny. Once the magic show started, it was nice seeing a seasoned performer so up close instead of way back in a larger auditorium - they were "standard" tricks but Ms. Dietrich brought lots of audience members up on stage with her which was very nice. We were there over 3hrs - I thought it was worth the money.
We were taken into a room to watch the last part of the magic show which by itself it rather entertaining. But I came to see the Houdini museum. We paid almost fifteen dollars each and we were rushed through two rooms and back in to watch the magic show. I didn't get to read any of the things posted on the walls nor did I get to look at most of the items in the second room.
Had I wanted to see a magic show, I would have gone somewhere for that, but I wanted to see the museum. Don't get me wrong. The people there seemed very nice and the magic show was entertaining, but I felt very much like the whole thing was just a setup to promote the magic show. I enjoy going to museums and have enjoyed magic for most of my life. Houdini has always been interesting to me. Its just a shame we didn't get to really look at the exhibits. It would appear that they have some really nice things there, but I couldn't tell anyone for sure as we didn't really get to look at things. They need to schedule more time if there are going to be larger groups in there.
If you're looking for a magic show and a few laughs, then go ahead and visit. If you're looking to enjoy a museum, don't waste your money!
I walked into the Houdini museum, into a room just packed with... stuff. Magic props, stuff, and ... junk. It smelled like an old lady's attic. I thought "I just paid $15 for this?"
But the tour was wonderful. The museum is an old house full of rooms packed with memorabilia - doesn't seem like much at first, but the tour guides made it fabulous. So much sincerity and enthusiasm in their tour, and so much interesting detail.
The best part was the magic show at the end. Rabbits were pulled out of hats, women were levitated. It's the kind of fun people rarely have in a world of Playstations and big-screen tvs. It was nice to know that even though the secrets to pulling a rabbit out of hat are available on the Internet, it can still bring a smile to my face to see it done. It was old-fashioned and hokey and just heart-warmingly good. I can't believe how much I enjoyed it.
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