HISTORY

Built-in the Edwardian tradition in the early 1900s, The Houdini Estate® still has its caves, hidden tunnels, terraced gardens,  and  a  deep-water  tank  where  Harry

Houdini   reportedly  practiced  his  underwater  escapes.

 

The  secluded  property  was  the perfect  retreat for    America’s first action hero. Houdini used the estate’s pool to practice his amazing feats of escape and illusion until a short time before his death in 1926. The magic and mystery of “The Handcuff King” still remain with the property where Houdini’s wife, Bess, gave a famous party for 500 magicians and lived for ten years after her husband died. The estate and its gardens were restored and now enjoy modern amenities while maintaining the grand mystique and marvel of Harry Handcuffs Houdini.   

What Houdini historians say about The Houdini Estate®:

The estate was built and owned by Ralph M. Walker, a close friend of Harry Houdini, and it extended to both sides of Laurel Canyon, connected by tunnels, sealed now but still mostly untouched. Below are links to articles by:

John Cox
Patrick Culliton
Patrick Culliton
Patrick Culliton