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Podcast: The Amazing Magician Harry Houdini and His Connections to Detroit


February 25, 2019, 7:15 AM

Tim Kiska, an associate professor of communications at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a former Detroit News and Free Press reporter, presents his second Detroit History Podcast. This week's subject is magician Harry Houdini.

Kiska posts:  

Before radio, TV, and the internet magician Harry Houdini was described as the world's first rock star. So when he died in Detroit after a performance here in 1926, people around the world took note.

We unspool Houdini's death, and his various Detroit connections. That includes his 1906 leap off the Belle Isle Bridge. Veteran newsman Joe Donovan, a serious student of history, recreates that jump in classic CKLW 20/20 new style.

We also talk with magicians Ming Louie, Michael Belitsos, and Ron Carnell, pop culture expert Tim Caldwell, and reporter Steve Neavling. 

► Earlier installment

Colorful History of Detroit's Most Famous Newspaper Hangout, the Anchor Bar

Read more:  The Detroit History Podcast


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