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Voice of Theo Hardeen (Harry Houdini's Brother)

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Background sound is an interview of Theo Hardeen on
July 3, 1939. Sound clip is looped so it will repeat if you
do not turn off the sound on your computer on this page
after the interview.

Theodore (Theo) Hardeen (March 4, 1976 - June 12, 1945).
Theo and Harry originally performed together before setting
out on their own. Theo inherited all of Houdini's equipment
and was instructed to have it burned upon his demise, but
Houdini's wish was not granted.


 

"This is to certify that Mr. Jon Oliver came to the Blue Island Police Station on January 26, 1995, and voluntarily was placed in three sets of handcuffs and placed in our jail cell whereupon he mysteriously was able to free himself after approximately 5 minutes. Much to the dismay of our staff and law enforcement officer, Mr. Oliver was then allowed to leave our station leaving all of us to wonder how did he do this. Mr. Oliver was searched thoroughly and so was the cell he was placed in....Many thanks to Jon for his successful escape and sense of humor!"

Detective Phil Conteras
D.A.R.E.Officer Kurt Ganzer

"Dear Jon: Your appearance at the Holyoke jail was witnessed by me. I thought you did an outstanding job in the original Houdini style".

Your Friend
Sidney H. Radner

"I just came across the video you sent us of Houdini showing his movie clips and escapes and especially of mom when she was a child.....Thank you for being so kind, thoughtful and generous to our family, we really appreciate it. Mom was very proud to be your friend and I'm sure Houdini would be proud as well that you are carrying on his traditions."

Jeffrey Blood,
Grand Nephew of Houdini

"On behalf of the Michigan Historical Museum, we wish to thank you for the items you are loaning to us for our temporary exhibit, "A Magician Among Spirits" which opened September 21, 2002.....That you again for making this exhibit a sucess".

Lisa Konieczny
Registrar
State of Michigan
Department of History, Arts and Libraries

"Let us know if your act ever brings you to these parts. My very Japanese wife and I would look forward to seeing your show. That failing, we hope we see you soon on Johnny Carson".

Warren Murphy
Author of Destroyer Novel Series

"Please find enclosed your contract for April 2,1983....Looking forward to seeing you again, and I know the children will enjoy your routine very much".

Joe Vaillancourt
The Jo-Mar Company

"To Jon Oliver for his wonderful lecture on Houdini at Magic, Inc. You keep the audience attention, and many have already asked to have you back".

Jay Marshall


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