Merry Christmas!

I’ve decided to break with tradition today as this is the last post of 2011. Rather than feature a letter, I’ve chosen a couple of charming Christmas cards that were sent to family and friends, circa 1920, by Harry Houdini. They’re both delightful. I’m taking a short break now. Letters of Note — and Lists

Houdini’s Last Trick

At New York’s Shelton Hotel on August 5th, 1926, in plain view of invited journalists and using no breathing apparatus, Harry Houdini lay in a sealed casket at the bottom of a swimming pool for an hour and a half. His motivation for the feat was the opportunity to expose Egyptian fakir Rahman Bey, a