Some of my favorite silent films — from Buster Keaton antics to stunning double exposure to experimental stop-motion and early wildlife documentaries. These are movies that have truly stayed with me over the years.
Some of the mediums that Houdini busted used complicated physical tricks like cracking toe joints and “expelling” phosphorescent cheesecloth. But being the amazing stage illusionist he was, he recognized all the tricks.
You heap the logs and try to fill / The little room with words and cheer, / But silent feet are on the hill, / Across the window veiled eyes peer. ~ Hortense King Flexner
Top Ten Tuesday: The topics, themes, and settings that make me immediately interested in a book.
There are few topics I find more fascinating than the rise of Spiritualism in the early 20th century — and Houdini’s determination to rebuke it. Add to it the real life friendship — and falling out — between the master of magic and the creator of Sherlock Holmes, and it’s almost too good to be…