March 31, 1989 |
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.
October 2, 1997 |
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.
September 20, 1993 |
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.
October 1, 1999 |
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.
March 27, 1992 |
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.
December 12, 1998 |
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.
September 19, 2010 |
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?
August 11, 1995 |
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.
February 26, 1997 |
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.
September 6, 2010 |
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.