Dorothy Dietrich of Scranton's Houdini Museum featured on the Travel Channel's "Mysteries At The Museum," October 18, 2011 at 9 PM and again on October 19 at 12 AM. The TV segment is about one of Houdini's most famous and publicized escapes, The "Daily Mirror" Cuff Escape.
Scranton, PA, October 15, 2011 -- Dorothy Dietrich of Scranton's Houdini Museum featured on the Travel Channel's "Mysteries At The Museum," October 18, 2011 at 9 PM and again on October 19 at 12 AM. The TV segment is about one of Houdini's most famous and publicized escapes, The "Daily Mirror" Cuff Escape.
In a recent interview Dorothy stated, "Not sure what will come out, as they filmed for over 7 hours straight. It could come out different than what I meant when I said it, depending on the cuts and editing. It was one of the most difficult TV sessions I have done. Because of the style of the show most of the time I was in complete darkness."
Some of the best minds in magic and escapes were contacted by Ms. Dietrich for input for the story including many who are on the Board of Directors of the Houdini Museum. Dorothy commented, "with that mix of experts they are not always going to agree with what I said on this show to the general public. Those consulted reads like a who's who of Houdini experts, Jeff Blood, Houdini family member, Dick Brookz Houdini Museum Administrator, Pulitzer Prize winning author of the biography on Houdini, Ken Silverman, and escape experts Norman Bigelow, Dick Brookz, John Bushey, Patrick Culliton, Chris Gower, Mick Hanzlik, Joe Laurer, Bill Liles, Steve Moore, and Fred Pittella. Even age old works on Houdini by Milbourne Christopher and Walter B. Gibson were researched. Houdini is one of my idols and saved my life. I hope I did him proud. It was more difficult than when I escaped from a straight jacket suspended from burning rope from the top of a parachute ride for the HBO Special called "The World's Greatest Escapes". Many consider her the leading female magician and escape artist in the world. She is the only woman to have accomplished the jinxed Bullet Catch, often called, "The stunt that scared Houdini".
A link to the Travel Channel's promo for the show can be seen on video at
Houdini fans have come to Scranton, PA., the home of the Houdini Museum, Tour & Magic Show for 23 years. It is the only building in the world totally devoted to Houdini, & is the longest running and largest public exhibit in the world dedicated to Houdini. (http://Houdini.org.) It's headed up by professional magicians Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz. So many people come to the City of Scranton to visit the museum that the City has just awarded the Houdini Museum a $30,000 matching grant to fix the facade of the museum. Help is needed to raise the matching $30,000.
The Houdini Museum is also home of the annual Original Houdini Seance held each Halloween at 1:26 PM the time and date of Houdini's death in 1926. Admission is free this year by reservation. (570) 342-5555 The Houdini Museum, Tour and Magic Show is located at 1433 N. Main Ave, Scranton, PA and features year round tours for adults, kids, seniors and teenagers.
The Houdini Museum's "Houdini Road Show", the largest and only continuing traveling exhibit on Houdini, has finally all come back from being on exhibit at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino in West Palm Beach for much of this past winter. (http://HoudiniDisplays.com)
Museum co-director Dick Brookz is currently starring in Psychic Theater's "Haunted!, Mysteries of THE Beyond!", now running evenings for 7 years at the Houdini Museum theater. (http://PsychicTheater.com)
For more information call Penny Wilkes at (570) 342-5555
1433 N. Main Ave.
Scranton, PA 18508