Houdini Day is also known as “National Magic Day”
Halloween, 1926 Launched “Houdini Day”
“National Magic Day” started out by being called “Houdini Day,” the first celebration of which took place in the summer of 1927, less than one year after the death of Houdini on Halloween, 1926. Houdini who was born Erik Weisz on March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary.
1938: “National Magic Day” is Proposed
In a ceremony, his widow Bess Houdini presented a trophy in honor of him, a ritual that that was then continued each year following. Then in 1938 a friend of the Houdini’s asked for and got permission from Mrs. Houdini to call October 31st National Magic Day in memory of her husband.
The individual who started this site is not officially affiliated with “Houdini Day” or “National Magic Day” but is a big fan of Harry Houdini. Also, this site’s creator discovered after moving from one neighborhood to another in NYC over 10 years ago, that purely by coincidence his then new habitat appeared to be located approximately two blocks away from a home that Houdini’s widow was said to have lived in during the last years of her life. This seems to be supported by the existence of a letter in a private collection, sent years ago by Mrs. Houdini from the address location mentioned.
A Magic Day Making a Difference in the Lives of Others
Wen “National Magic Day” was formed in the ’30s, the celebration of this day was to have free magic performances for shut-ins and the handicapped, who would otherwise not be able to go out and enjoy a show.
National Magic Week
And it wasn’t long after that, that National Magic Day was the culmination of National Magic Week that runs from October 25th to October 31st.