Presidents Message

The Friends of the Idyllwild Library are very fortunate and happy to sponsor a large variety of programs at our library this year.   Programs so far this year have included “The Palms to Pines Birding and Nature Trail,” “Life Zones, Deserts to Mountains,” “Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail,” the historical beginning of the famous hymn, “Amazing Grace,” “Journey of an Idyllwild Kid to the PGA Tour”, and others.  Coming up at our annual meeting on October 1st at 2 p.m. at the Rainbow Inn, we are excited to present our esteemed friend, Duffy Hudson, returning in “The Life and Magic of Harry Houdini.”

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Duffy Hudson is an actor, director, writer, teacher and filmmaker. After graduating from college, he moved to New York City where he attended the Circle in the Square Theater School, on Broadway.  He studied with several great directors including Michael Kahn, Nikos Psacharopoulos, Nakita Mikhalkov, Sandra Seacat, and Larry Moss.

He has performed in hundreds of plays, both on and off Broadway, and has directed more than three-hundred theatrical pieces, including workshop productions with Brooke Shields, The Three Sisters with Jessica Lange, Don Johnson and Tatum O’Neal, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Marlo Thomas.  Duffy founded several theatre companies, including “I Comici Confidenti,” in New York City.   He has performed in numerous commercials and has several feature film credits to his name as well.  He has taught drama at the professional and collegiate levels, combining experience with talent. His “one man shows” include “Edgar Allan Poe,”  “Albert Einstein,”  “George Burns,”  “Doctor Seuss,” and Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, all of which have been presented here in Idyllwild.   In October, he will present the life story of “Harry Houdini” at our Annual Meeting.

American illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini, was born in Budapest, Hungary on March 24, 1874, with the name Ehrich Weisz.   He had five siblings and was the son of a rabbi.   Weisz came to the United States in 1878 and moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where his father took a job at the Zion Reform Congregation.  The family name was changed to Weiss.   After Rabbi Weiss lost his tenure at Zion, the family moved to New York City.   As a child, Ehrich made his public debut as a nine-year old trapeze artist, calling himself, “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air.”   He was also a cross-country runner and a professional magician.   At this time, he started calling himself “Harry Houdini,” after the Frenchman Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin.

Houdini began his magic career in 1891 while performing in local sideshows and ‘dime museums.’   Soon after that he began experimenting with escape acts.   Within months, he was performing at the top vaudeville houses in the country.  In 1900, Houdini toured Scotland, England, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Russia, where he challenged local police to restrain him with shackles and lock him in their jails, from which he readily escaped.   Throughout his extensive career in magic and disappearing, Houdini never claimed to have any supernatural powers. For most of his career, Houdini was a headline act in vaudeville, and for many years, he was the highest-paid performer in American vaudeville.

I truly hope that all of you can attend this afternoon performance where Duffy Hudson will transform himself into Harry Houdini.  You will not regret it!

Edwin Hansen, President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Duffy Hudson is an actor, director, writer, teacher and filmmaker. After graduating from college, he moved to New York City where he attended the Circle in the Square Theater School, on Broadway.  He studied with several great directors including Michael Kahn, Nikos Psacharopoulos, Nakita Mikhalkov, Sandra Seacat, and Larry Moss.

 

He has performed in hundreds of plays, both on and off Broadway, and has directed more than three-hundred theatrical pieces, including workshop productions with Brooke Shields, The Three Sisters with Jessica Lange, Don Johnson and Tatum O’Neal, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Marlo Thomas.  Duffy founded several theatre companies, including “I Comici Confidenti,” in New York City.   He has performed in numerous commercials and has several feature film credits to his name as well.  He has taught drama at the professional and collegiate levels, combining experience with talent. His “one man shows” include “Edgar Allan Poe,”  “Albert Einstein,”  “George Burns,”  “Doctor Seuss,” and Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, all of which have been presented here in Idyllwild.   In October, he will present the life story of “Harry Houdini” at our Annual Meeting.

 

American illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini, was born in Budapest, Hungary on March 24, 1874, with the name Ehrich Weisz.   He had five siblings and was the son of a rabbi.   Weisz came to the United States in 1878 and moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where his father took a job at the Zion Reform Congregation.  The family name was changed to Weiss.   After Rabbi Weiss lost his tenure at Zion, the family moved to New York City.   As a child, Ehrich made his public debut as a nine-year old trapeze artist, calling himself, “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air.”   He was also a cross-country runner and a professional magician.   At this time, he started calling himself “Harry Houdini,” after the Frenchman Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin.

 

Houdini began his magic career in 1891 while performing in local sideshows and ‘dime museums.’   Soon after that he began experimenting with escape acts.   Within months, he was performing at the top vaudeville houses in the country.  In 1900, Houdini toured Scotland, England, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Russia, where he challenged local police to restrain him with shackles and lock him in their jails, from which he readily escaped.   Throughout his extensive career in magic and disappearing, Houdini never claimed to have any supernatural powers. For most of his career, Houdini was a headline act in vaudeville, and for many years, he was the highest-paid performer in American vaudeville.

 

I truly hope that all of you can attend this afternoon performance where Duffy Hudson will transform himself into Harry Houdini.  You will not regret it!

 

Edwin Hansen, President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duffy Hudson is an actor, director, writer, teacher and filmmaker. After graduating from college, he moved to New York City where he attended the Circle in the Square Theater School, on Broadway.  He studied with several great directors including Michael Kahn, Nikos Psacharopoulos, Nakita Mikhalkov, Sandra Seacat, and Larry Moss.

 

He has performed in hundreds of plays, both on and off Broadway, and has directed more than three-hundred theatrical pieces, including workshop productions with Brooke Shields, The Three Sisters with Jessica Lange, Don Johnson and Tatum O’Neal, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Marlo Thomas.  Duffy founded several theatre companies, including “I Comici Confidenti,” in New York City.   He has performed in numerous commercials and has several feature film credits to his name as well.  He has taught drama at the professional and collegiate levels, combining experience with talent. His “one man shows” include “Edgar Allan Poe,”  “Albert Einstein,”  “George Burns,”  “Doctor Seuss,” and Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, all of which have been presented here in Idyllwild.   In October, he will present the life story of “Harry Houdini” at our Annual Meeting.

 

American illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini, was born in Budapest, Hungary on March 24, 1874, with the name Ehrich Weisz.   He had five siblings and was the son of a rabbi.   Weisz came to the United States in 1878 and moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where his father took a job at the Zion Reform Congregation.  The family name was changed to Weiss.   After Rabbi Weiss lost his tenure at Zion, the family moved to New York City.   As a child, Ehrich made his public debut as a nine-year old trapeze artist, calling himself, “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air.”   He was also a cross-country runner and a professional magician.   At this time, he started calling himself “Harry Houdini,” after the Frenchman Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin.

 

Houdini began his magic career in 1891 while performing in local sideshows and ‘dime museums.’   Soon after that he began experimenting with escape acts.   Within months, he was performing at the top vaudeville houses in the country.  In 1900, Houdini toured Scotland, England, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Russia, where he challenged local police to restrain him with shackles and lock him in their jails, from which he readily escaped.   Throughout his extensive career in magic and disappearing, Houdini never claimed to have any supernatural powers. For most of his career, Houdini was a headline act in vaudeville, and for many years, he was the highest-paid performer in American vaudeville.

 

I truly hope that all of you can attend this afternoon performance where Duffy Hudson will transform himself into Harry Houdini.  You will not regret it!

   

                                      Edwin Hansen, President