houdini: art and magic

November, 1935
Shadow Case File #90

In the October, 1932 story “The Ghost Makers,” Walter B. Gibson was directly influenced by his time working with Harry Houdini. In the story, The Shadow is a denouncer of all fakery against the poor and disadvantaged like Houdini. Gibson later wrote:

“I liked it; and Houdini would have, if he had lived to see it.”