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March 31, 1989 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
Houdini lives in the person of Christopher Gates, appearing at Princeton's Catch a Rising Star comedy club through Sunday. Gates, fast becoming nationally recognized, is betting audiences at the club - to the tune of $8,000 per show - that he can extricate himself from 100 feet of rope wound around him by eight people selected from the audience. If Gates fails, each member of the tying committee is richer by $1,000. It's not known whether Gates has ever had to pony up. Performances, with his fellow comic Steve Skrovan, are tonight at 8:30 and 11, tomorrow at 7, 9:15 and 11:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Admission tonight and tomorrow is $10 and on Sunday, $8. Catch a Rising Star is in the Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Center, Route 1 and Alexander Road.
NEWS
October 2, 1997 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man whom police nicknamed "Houdini" because he escaped custody twice the same night actually escaped three times, testimony disclosed yesterday during a preliminary hearing for Walter Seeley, 23, of Northeast Philadelphia. After fleeing the Bristol Township police lockup early on the morning of Aug. 20 in his second bid for freedom, Seeley caused Upper Gwynedd Police Officer Edward J. Robinson to wreck his private car, Robinson said. Seeley darted in front of the car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike next to the police station shortly after 1:30 a.m., Robinson told District Justice Joanne V. Kline.
SPORTS
September 20, 1993 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was just one call at first base. Just one call out of a hundred, a thousand, a million. But not if you're Mitch Williams, walking the tightrope again through a treacherous, season-turning ninth inning. When you do the old Houdini escape act day after day the way Mitch Williams does, you put yourself in position to have umpires sometimes ruin your life. And yesterday in Montreal, an umpire did just that. "I've dealt with losing before, but that was terrible," Williams snarled after umpire Charlie Williams' controversial call at first base became the pivotal play in the Phillies' painful 6-5 loss to the Expos.
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October 1, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Bob Williams
The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville once hosted Broadway-bound musicals and even Houdini. It went out of business in 1996, but was restored with the help of a $75,000 grant from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and reopens today. Part of the 1958 Steve McQueen movie, "The Blob," was filmed at the Colonial.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1992 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's . . . David Copperfield? Yup, the master illusionist is set to literally take off from the stage of the Spectrum's Showcase Theater when he appears (disappears?) for two performances Saturday, April 4. Copperfield, whose show is billed as "Magic for the Nineties," will debut several other illusions, including a large-screen seance with the late film director/actor Orson Welles; another in which he shrinks to eight inches tall; and yet another that has his assistant crawling through his body.
NEWS
December 12, 1998 | by Eric Mink, New York Daily News
If nothing else - and there is not much else - TNT has nerve. Even in the bizarro universe of TV hype, few operations can match this cable channel's chutzpah. "Tonight," blared TNT'S full-page newspaper ads last week, "don't miss the most talked-about film of the year. " Holy cow. "Godzilla" already on cable? "The Truman Show"? The new "Psycho"? Well . . . no. The ad referred to "Houdini," a made-for-TV movie that, so far as I'm aware, no one had inquired, wondered, discussed, argued or expressed curiosity about - certainly not to me - prior to its debut on TNT last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 1995 | By Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brett Daniels began playing around with magic at the age of 14. Like most newcomers to the game, he started with the easy stuff - card tricks, disappearing coins. But Daniels, who picked up books on the subject at the magic shops in his native Milwaukee, got the hang of it rather quickly. While still in his teens he was ready to unveil his first big illusion, after procuring a Houdini metamorphosis locker. Naturally, Daniels needed a pretty assistant. His little sister would do quite nicely.
SPORTS
February 26, 1997 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Hugh Alexander, still going strong at age 79, settled into a seat at the Carpenter Complex yesterday, lit a cigarette and began talking. " . . . All the tools, a five-tool player," the Cubs' scout emeritus was saying as another National League scout walked by. "This kid can run, throw, field, hit for average and hit for power. " The other scout shook his head and smiled. "I don't even have to ask who you're talking about," he said. Uncle Hughie, you see, makes no secret of the fact that he just loves Phillies rookie third baseman Scott Rolen.
SPORTS
September 6, 2010 | By Bob Kelley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Hamilton on return: 'All signs point to not soon' Texas Rangers centerfielder Josh Hamilton was leading the majors in batting, then he hit a wall. No, we mean he really hit a wall. In the third inning of Saturday night's loss at Minnesota, Hamilton hit the center-field wall and bruised his left ribs while fielding a Delmon Young fly ball. He made the catch, so Young was out, but despite continuing to play, so was Hamilton two innings later. He told MLB.com Sunday that he felt "like I have been in a car wreck.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2009 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Full of forced jocularity and drawing-room hissy fits, with its cast parading around in vintage threads and antique cars, Easy Virtue is a close-to-insufferable souffle based on the 1925 Noel Coward play. Jessica Biel, with wavy blond locks and a game grin, stars as a glammy American divorcee (and race-car driver) - a free spirit who charms the pants off Englishman John Whittaker (Ben Barnes) when they meet in the south of France. Meet, and marry. And then John brings his new bride Larita back to face the family: a snooty matriarch played by Kristin Scott Thomas, the depressed and cynical Mr. Whittaker (Colin Firth)
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January 17, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Step into the tasty world of "Chocolate: The Exhibition" at the Academy of Natural Sciences through Jan. 24. Whether you're a chocolate novice or an informed enthusiast, you'll find you're learning things about this treat once deemed the food of the gods. The exhibition allows visitors to experience the chocolate craze of centuries past with activities such as the bartering of cacao seeds for goods in an Aztec market. Also explored are chocolate's origins and its journey across the Atlantic.
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April 2, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Sometimes you pick 'em right, and sometimes you don't. This was one of my don'ts. I chose EgoPo's The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini as one of my three PIFA recommendations in Friday's Weekend section. Although I wasn't naive enough to expect a real magic show on stage, I did expect some stage magic, and not a dramatized Wikipedia biography of the world's most famous escape artist. Created/written/directed by Brenna Geffers (who has repeatedly proved herself an excellent director and who should stick to that)
NEWS
September 19, 2010 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
Where to start with Boardwalk Empire , the magnificent, sweeping, wildly expensive series from The Sopranos top writer Terence Winter, by way of director Martin Scorsese, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO? How about in 1920, when the show opens, an exciting, postwar moment when the country was on the verge of unprecedented social change and economic prosperity, women were on the doorstep of universal suffrage, and the days of instant news, via radio, were beginning?
SPORTS
September 6, 2010 | By Bob Kelley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Hamilton on return: 'All signs point to not soon' Texas Rangers centerfielder Josh Hamilton was leading the majors in batting, then he hit a wall. No, we mean he really hit a wall. In the third inning of Saturday night's loss at Minnesota, Hamilton hit the center-field wall and bruised his left ribs while fielding a Delmon Young fly ball. He made the catch, so Young was out, but despite continuing to play, so was Hamilton two innings later. He told MLB.com Sunday that he felt "like I have been in a car wreck.
NEWS
August 9, 2009 | By Anne Supsic FOR THE INQUIRER
These days, it's best known as the setting of the quirky TV sitcom The Office, or as Electric City, because it operated the first electric trolley system. But it was daredevil Harry Houdini who lured me here - and he's been dead for 83 years. Now, that's a magic trick. It started as a day trip for my husband, Frank, and myself to explore the Houdini Museum - touted as the only building in the world devoted to the famous escapologist - with our grandson, Christopher, 12. And it expanded to a Weekend Journey a few weeks later, to tour this city of more than 70,000 that's enjoying a cultural renaissance, with historic sites that celebrate the industrial past; glorious, restored buildings; and a vibrant ethnic diversity.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2009 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Full of forced jocularity and drawing-room hissy fits, with its cast parading around in vintage threads and antique cars, Easy Virtue is a close-to-insufferable souffle based on the 1925 Noel Coward play. Jessica Biel, with wavy blond locks and a game grin, stars as a glammy American divorcee (and race-car driver) - a free spirit who charms the pants off Englishman John Whittaker (Ben Barnes) when they meet in the south of France. Meet, and marry. And then John brings his new bride Larita back to face the family: a snooty matriarch played by Kristin Scott Thomas, the depressed and cynical Mr. Whittaker (Colin Firth)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2006 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
Paul Dini has been linked to DC's famed Dark Knight Detective ever since his work on "Batman: The Animated Series," a show Batman fans have long felt was closer to the ideal Batman than either the movies or his recent comics. So when it was announced that Dini would be taking the writing reins on "Detective Comics" with No. 821, expectations were high. Consider those expectations met. Dini's first issue hits the Bats-eye, for various reasons. First, he seems to be putting an emphasis on the aspect of Batman as the World's Greatest Detective, which many writers seem to ignore.
SPORTS
April 17, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Playing on a team that has won three consecutive South Jersey titles and a pair of state crowns over the last three seasons, Pennsville senior Jake Sourber has seen his share of big moments in big games. Yesterday, with his team holding a four-run lead, Sourber drew on past experience when he took the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning and stared down a bases-loaded, none-out jam. He struck out the first batter looking, induced the next one to pop a fly ball to shallow left field, and sent the third down swinging.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2005 | By Gene D'Alessandro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Flying Karamazov Brothers swooped into town with L'Universe a few years back, the wacky vaudevillians deconstructed Einstein's theories with a dizzying mix of juggling, live music and comic shtick. Back with a new high-energy show, Life: A Guide for the Perplexed - which coincidentally replaces Einstein's Dreams at the Prince Music Theater - the Brothers K serve up a zany meditation on midlife crisis, tailored to all ages. "We just found out we're coming back to Philly, and we're really excited," founding member Howard Patterson said via cell phone.
NEWS
June 28, 2002 | By Dominic Sama FOR THE INQUIRER
Harry Houdini, perhaps the most famous escape artist and magician of the 20th century, will be honored Wednesday with a 37-cent commemorative stamp. The U.S. Postal Service will issue the stamp in New York, during the 100th anniversary of the Society of American Magicians. Houdini - renowned for daring stunts in straitjackets, handcuffs and underwater trunks - was the society's president from 1917 until his death in 1926. Born in Budapest in 1874 as Ehrich Weiss, Houdini emigrated with his family and settled in Appleton, Wis. His inaugural performance as a professional occurred at age 9 as a contortionist and trapeze artist at the 5-cent circus staged by a friend.
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