Here’s an opportunity to see an audience member (maybe yourself) at a professional magic show float aloft in air allowing hoops to be encircled.
Harry Houdini established himself as one of the premier magicians of all time appearing all over the world. He performed in Scranton matching several special challenges there. The Houdini Museum tour and show is highly rated and one of the cities most popular things to do.
Houdini Museum was created in 1988 in a renovated turn of the 20th century building. It contains artifacts, memorabilia, mannequins and films of the renowned magician. The museum reveals facts and career facts about Houdini. It also has a large oil painting portrait of Houdini and gravesite replica Houdini’s bust, donated by the Society of American Magicians.
The popular event begins with a rare Houdini movie, a guided museum tour concluding with a professional magic show. The magic show features top rated magicians, Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz. The tour and movie are repeated after the magic show. The event takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
New York Times called the event “high quality entertainment.” Great for all ages, from 3 to 93. A souvenir shop provides mementos to purchase from your visit to the Houdini Museum.
1433 N. Main Avenue
$20 (as available at the door)
In Advance with reservations
Children under 11 $14.95
Houdini Movie, Guided Tours & Magic Show every Weekend.
One stage show is held at 2:30 PM.
Museum opens 1:00 PM closing at 4:00 PM
Scranton is the sixth largest city in the state with a population of 76,089. It is 300 miles west of Boston MA, 125 miles north of Philadelphia, and 200 miles south west of Albany NY.
Lenape Native Indians inhabited the Scranton area from which the name ‘Lackawanna’ was derived meaning steam that forks. The first white settler Isaac Tripp built his home in 1778. Anthracite coal played an important role in economic welfare of the area. It was known as ‘The Electric City’ after electric lighting was installed at Dickson Locomotive Works in 1880.
Wilkes-Barre is a city in the center of the Wyoming Valley with a population of 41,498 making it the 13th largest city in the state. It is 20 miles south west of Scranton. Its strongest industries are manufacturing and retail. Hurricane Irene caused the Susquehanna River to flood in August 2011 but the city was spared from damage due to flood preparation measures taken.
Scranton is a 3 ½ hour drive of 217 miles from Rochester NY. Drive to Syracuse on I-90 Thruway east then US 81 south into Pennsylvania to Scranton. Take the 190 exit to Main Avenue turning left driving 2 miles to the Houdini Museum. A parking lot provides free parking.
Here is one visitor’s impression of their visit.
“I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it.”