Come to the latest installment of the free lecture series
at the Jefferson Historical Museum!

Jefferson Historical Society & Museum
223 West Austin Street, Jefferson, Texas

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: Wine & cheese reception @ 6:00 p.m.; Program @ 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Place: Art Gallery, Jefferson Historical Museum
223 W. Austin St., Jefferson, Texas 75657

Arthur Moses presents Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini became famous for his stage illusions: vanishing an elephant, walking through a brick wall, metamorphosis, escaping from a milk can, and of course the water torture cell. Can you hold your breath for four minutes; Houdini could. He was fearless to accept the unknown and belief in his own abilities to overcome: “my brain is the key that sets me free” was his favorite truism. A magician – an escape artist – a silent movie actor – first man to fly a plane in Australia (1910) – spiritualism debunker – basically one tough fella! Here was an amazing individual who defied all to try to bind him with ropes or chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or in wooden boxes – he
never lost a challenge to escape, and never let his audiences down.

Arthur Moses – renowned Houdini collector, bibliographer, lecturer and archivist will present a fascinating program on the famous magician and escape artist. Arthur is the son of RD Moses, whose gifted model trains are an integral exhibit in Jefferson's Museum. Arthur, who was raised and continues to reside in Fort Worth, became interested in Houdini when he read a book about him while in the 7th grade. Now after more than 40 years and with over 6000 items of memorabilia in his collection, Arthur will share his passion to collect and regale some stories of this larger-than-life man. Each antiquarian item tells a story of a moment in a man's life. For rarity – a 1903
Russian handbill; for interest – several documents pertaining to Houdini's patents; insurance policy, challenges, playbills, programs, postcards, straightjacket, pitchbooks, handcuffs, movie pressbooks, rare stanhopes, glass lantern slides, autographs, posters, photographs, and personal effects. “With any of the period pieces it is very awe inspiring to know what is in my hands. I am holding history. Someone has owned these items before me and someone will own them afterwards; I am just a caretaker for a brief moment in time. It comes with an obligation to learn, teach, and protect. It is the ‘chase’ looking all over the world that makes this exciting, fun, challenging, and even sometimes lamentable.”

Arthur Moses is the author of two books on Houdini: Houdini Speaks Out and Houdini Periodical Bibliography References From 1898 - 2015. He has also written over two dozen articles published in magic magazines & journals, and was featured in September 2013 on the Canadian television program Extreme Collectors.

We hope to see you at the museum on Thursday, January 16!