I visited the grave last Thursday in our quest to discover the mystery of the missing and broken bust and it's replacment I met a person there who was an eywitness to the destruction of the original one placeed there back in the day. I have the interview on video. I also brought a weedwacker and cleaned up the grave and took the clippings home. I usualy do this every year on the day of Houdini's birth. We closed the Houdini Museum for a day for a television shoot. About three or more segments are in the can to be shown starting about Halloween. Myself, Dick Brookz and several others on our Board of Directors were also on shoot including two other great escape artists.
Houdini has a statue of Niobe at his grave site. It's very beautiful. I have asked many people from many different cultures, if they recognize who it is or what it represents. Some said it was probably Houdini's mother. Some said it was Our Lady of Sorrow. Others say it is biblical Eve and a snake. Some ideas are too silly to mention. It is Niobe the sorrowful woman from Greek Tragedy.
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Here is what we posted on the John Cox site Wild about Houdini...
Dick Brookz Dorothy Dietrich said...
We are doing shows two and three times a day in July and August at The Houdini Museum, Tour & Magic Show in Scranton so do not have much time till after Labor Day to put up all I have found. I consider this a great discovery by myself and Dick Brookz, Directors of The Houdini Museum in Scranton PA. The page on our site will be updated as time allows but we wanted the Houdini world to have the information about this wonderful discovery as soon as possible. Thank yo John Cox, your site is great.
We went to the grave site for a day as part of a two day TV shoot and we were driven to try to solve the age old mystery of the female statue mystery. We have been researching our entire lives. Many now dead. We have asked every Houdini expert, writers, dozens of Rabbis, mystics, scholars, etc., in our quest. No answers. We looked at it from every angle and took dozens of pictures of it from every angle and video, on breaks during the shooting on a different important grave secret we have been working on with other members of our team that was part of this great TV shoot to be revealed soon. This TV shoot included two of the world's top escape artists who are on our board and big supporters. Also there as part of the event was our official professional photographer and video person Ron Chicken and his wife, also on or Board. They shot loads of footage. The TV shoot does not have the statue of the woman story as we finally discovered it when we returned after many nights of tireless research. More later. Love to John Cox.
Here is the Wiki page on Niobe
Other questions we aswer on the museum tour.
Some of the points covered on our tour about the death of Houdini...
How did Houdini die, the theories, the movies, the books.
How did Houdini really die?
What was said in the dressing room?
Who all were in the dressing room at the time?
Besides the three men who were the woman in attendance backstage?
Who was really invited backstage?
Who was j. Gordon Whitehead?
Who was Smiley?
What was he doing at the time?
What does a Pulitzer winning author and Houdini expert say about the the incident.
What is the meaning of the statue of the lady at the Houdini grave site mean?
Who plans to replace the missing bust at the grave site?
Where did Houdini die?
Display of pictures of the room he died in.
Did he die on stage as was depicted in several movies, or in a hospital?
Who were the doctors that attended him?
What is the story behind the "secret" serem given Houdini as he was dying.
What is the history behind the punches?
Where did Houdini meet the people who were in the dressing room backstage?
Why didn't Houdini go to the hospital right away?
Who did he call in New York just before he went to the hospital?
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