STEPHEN A. SPARKS
Specializing in Houdiniana
This is a "Special Offering"
"THE GREAT HOUDINI"
This is an Extremely Limited Theatrical Play script. Story by Alan London (who was also the Executive Producer).
Only 52 of these scripts ( the same age as Houdini when he passed away in 1926) were originally available.
Each script is hand numbered and signed by Alan London.
The script measures 8Ĺ"x11" and contains 89 pages. - Price: Only $100.00
This offering is for Early numbered/signed Script #1.
Along with the Script, you also receive the following two items FREE!!!
(1) A ticket from the show. This is a Playing Card which has been stamped: "The Great HOUDINI" "Admit One". The "O" in "HOUDINI" is a link of chain, with one link above this and a pad-lock beneath. The card shown, in the photo above, is the Four-of-Hearts.
(2) You ALSO get a Ďglossy-stockí 12 page program.
The Play had a successful six week run at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, California from April 22nd to May 30th, 1999. (See assorted Reviews at the bottom of this page)
Story line revolves around a street-wise runaway kid by the name of George, who had cheated a thug out of his money with the three shell game. George runs and hides inside the Garrick Theatre, where he comes across the ghost of Harry Houdini. The date is November 4, 1926, four days after Houdiniís passing. Enter Harry Houdini...
The Play is told in flashbacks by Harry Houdini, telling George of his life - when he was alive, that is.
Harry Houdini - Fifty two, recently deceased and non to happy about it.
Bess - Houdiniís wife and second love
Jacob Hayman - Late teens, Houdiniís best friend
Cecilia Weiss - Houdiniís mother, seen at both middle age and before her death
George - An eleven year old con man
Thug - Drunken gangster
Gruff Voice - Manager from Coney Island
Announcer - For Dortsmund Theatre
Kleppini - Scoundrel German magician
Theatre Manager - Present, possibly non-fictitious
Stage Hand - Present, possibly non-fictitious
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Fifties, Houdiniís best friend
Margery Crandon - Boston socialite, self-medium
Walter - Margeryís cohort
Gordon Whitehead - McGill University student, amateur boxer
Announcer - From Garrick Theatre
The Play is written in Two Acts. These
SCENEs BREAKDOWN (as follows):
Garrick Theatre, Detroit, Michigan November 4, 1926
Harryís Memory of:
Deserted circus side show, Appleton, Wisconsin.
Budapest, Hungary 1876
New York City neighborhood 1888
Necktie factory, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 1892
Four months later
Coney Island, New York - 1893
Circus Side show
New York, Window sill of Weiss home, circa 1888
Dortmund Theatre, Germany - 1902
Harryís Memory of:
England, Scotland Yard police station courtyard 1900
England, dress shop circa 1908
Backstage of English Theatre 1908
Stage Apron - circa 1913
New York, Vaudevillian venue - circa 1905
New York City - 1913
Houdiniís home - 1919
Margery Crandonís home - 1924
Houdiniís home - 1925
McGill University, Montreal - October 1926
Garrick Theatre - November 4, 1926
The Play shows Houdiniís encounters with The Amazing Dr. Lynn, Akimoto Balancing Troupe, Martinkaís Magic Shop, The Great Kleppini, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Margery (the Boston Medium).
Houdiniís life also touches his childhood friend, Jacob Hayman - wherein they from the "Brotherís Houdiniís". Bess, whom he marries and forms "The Houdiniís". His Mother: Cecilia.
Houdini performs Handcuff escapes, the Milk Can, the Strait-Jacket Escape and the Substitution Trunk.
"The first duty of any play is, of course, to entertain. Should that play be biographical then its second duty is to inform. In the case of "The Great Houdini", a lot can be learned about the man who is still regarded, 73 years after his death, as the greatest magician/escape artist of all time. Itís no easy task to boil a legendís life down to two hours, but this company gives it sufficient recognition. ... Interesting facts of Houdiniís life and a few of Houdiniís most famous tricks, convincingly recreated these feats of daring (assisted by the audience) and, as a result, provides the most engrossing highlights. ... Producer Londonís admiration for his subject is very apparent."
"The Great Houdini at The Stella Adler Theatre - What a great idea to have us meet the great Houdini at the Garrick Theatre, home of Houdiniís last performance. Alan London, a fine magician and performer at The Magic Castle, wanted to pay homage to his idol, so he set out to write a play about this unusual master of illusion and his escape artistry. It started as a monologue, but then other characters were introduced. George was added as a pivotal character and Houdiniís spirit takes him under his wing. George is a young runaway who lends his sympathetic ear as Houdini unfolds the tale of his life."
"An original play from a story by Alan L. London, "The Great Houdini" provides a beautifully staged, enchanting evening of theatre."
"Production values are top notch. Altogether an enjoyable evening of theatre and magic."
"The London Theater Works presentation of "The Great Houdini", is an impressive flashback tale of an amazing manís life and work."
"Featuring live audience participation, mind-boggling tricks, death-defying illusions and heart-stopping escapes. "The Great Houdini" is a unique play, full of aura and mystery."
"Research for the play was spread over 12 years, gleaned from many books and articles. The audience will be involved in securing ĎHoudinií in a strait-jacket, Metamorphosis (Sub.Trunk), and the Milk Can escape."
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Stephen A. Sparks (a/k/a Sparky)
Stephen A. Sparks Collectibles
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