The Society of American Magicians Magic Endowment Fund voted funds to spearhead the forthcoming  cleaning and reparations  to be made by the Houdini Gravesite Restoration Committee  established by the Society.  Chairman David Bowers announced that initial work would  be  done to repair and replace  missing and damaged gem stones on the mosaic at the Excedra.   Future  plans are being made to clean the aging stones and to repair and/or replace  the ledgers for Leopold and Gladys.

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  1. Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz, November 27, 2014:

    Thank you for the SAM taking on the repair and replacement of the missing and damaged gem stones on the mosaic at the Excedra and the plans to clean the excedra and aging grave stones.

    The markers of Gladys and Leopold are NOT repairable, We have already set up plans with the cemetery to begin replacing the markers in the near future. This will come from funds put forth by The Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA, as we as personal donations from SAM members Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz (John Bravo).
    This is all good news. Thank you again


  2. R. Shamel, November 30, 2014:

    This story was in my local paper. Harry H. taught my dad a cool string trick when in NYC in 1917. It still amazes folks who see it, and I’m pleased to have this opportunity to donate to the upkeep of the grave site.

  3. WARREN J KAPS, December 2, 2014:

    A little known fact about the monument. If you look at the photo carefully, you may note that the year Houdini’s term ended as president is somewhat smudged, The reason for this is that the original year on the stone was 1927 even though he died in 1926. Although Houdini was elected to a term of office until 1927, the first vice-president took over as “acting president.” Accordingly about 30-40 years ago, Irv Desfor who was President of the Parent Assembly and I hired a stone engraver to change the date from 1927 to 1926. From the photo it seems that the change may have been eradicated or has deteriated over time.

    Warren J. Kaps, P.N.P.

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