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Houdini's last performance ad in 1926...
Item # 655124
October 21, 1926
THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, Michigan, October 21, 1926
* Theater ad for Harry Houdini's last performance
* The magician, escape artist died one week later
* Only newspaper (Detroit) to have this ad
A great issue, with content that could only be found in a Detroit newspaper. As Houdini collectors know his last performance was at the Garrick Theater in Detroit on October 24, 1926, exactly one week before his death on Halloween.
Houdini had apparently been suffering from appendicitis for several days prior and yet refused medical treatment. Although in serious pain, Houdini nonetheless continued to travel without seeking medical attention. When Houdini arrived at the Garrick Theater in Detroit on October 24, 1926, for what would be his last performance, he had a fever of 104°F. Despite a diagnosis of acute appendicitis, Houdini took the stage. He was reported to have passed out during the show, but was revived and continued. Afterwards, he was hospitalized at Detroit's Grace Hospital and died there on October 31 1926, at the age of 52.
This newspaper contains the Garrick Theater ad for Houdini's performance on Sunday, October 24 (see photos). This ad appears on page 35.
A terrific item for any Houdini collector and extremely scarce as this ad for his last performance would only be found in a Detroit newspaper.
Other news of the day. Complete in 60 pages, light browning with some margin wear and small tears, otherwise good. Should be handled with care.
Category: The 20th Century