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Houdini's Master Mystery

A special exhibit of posters from Houdini's film serial Master Mystery will be open at the Houdini Historical Center in Appleton, WI beginning September 4, 1998 and will run through March 28, 1999. The collector of these posters, Tom Boldt, is also a member of the HHC Board. Speaking at the Houdini Club of Wisconsin's 60th annual convention in Appleton on September 4th was William H. McIlhany, film collector, expert on magic films, and Houdini film preservationist. This exhibit is about Houdini's movie career and features the movie serial in which he made his American film debut in 1919. Fifteen episodes of the Master Mystery serial were released with Houdini performing all manner of escapes in the starring role of Quentin Locke, undercover Justice Department trustbuster. The series featured what may be the first robot in motion pictures. A video tape of Houdini's Master Mystery is available for sale nationally and is currently in stock at the Houdini Historical Center.

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