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Houdini Museum to Display Rare Houdini Throwing Knife

Houdini’s throwing knife goes on exhibit at The Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA, starting October 31, 2011. This coincides with the anniversary of Houdini’s death on Halloween. The Great Throwdini, known as the World’s Fastest and Most Accurate Knife Thrower, has donated one of Harry Houdini’s throwing knives to The Houdini Museum, in Scranton, PA.

The knife, 1 of 4 known to exist, is from a rare collection of items from the Estate of the Hartley family, who were companions of Houdini. The set of 4 throwing knives subsequently became part of Throwdini’s personal collection. Throwdini is world renowned as the first and only knife thrower to perform the Veiled Double Wheel of Death. He is holder of over 30 world records including “One of the Top 100 Guinness World Records® of all time.” (

Dorothy Dietrich, often called “The First Lady of Magic”, and Dick Brookz, Directors of The Houdini Museum ( in Scranton, PA, the only building in the world dedicated to Houdini, are pleased to put this unique item on display. Ms. Dietrich commented, “We are pleased that Throwdini has given this unique piece of Houdini memorabilia to our collection. Since Houdini’s death in 1926 many performance related items have appeared in collections throughout the world. We knew nothing of these knives and can only presume they existed in preparation for one of Houdini’s routines.” Dorothy Dietrich, Executive Director of the Houdini Museum added, “We’ve examined Throwdini’s letter of provenance and are thoroughly convinced of the knife’s authenticity. We’re proud to have this unique piece on display on the day we pay tribute to Houdini’s passing with the annual séance, at 1:26 PM, the time Houdini died. Admission is free to all by reservation.” The Houdini Museum is a 501 C-3 non profit museum located at 1433 N. Main Ave., Scranton, PA.

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