Two major Detroit historical events are well known when Halloween rolls around, Devil’s Night (recently renamed Angel’s night) and the death of Harry Houdini, famous magician & illusionist.
During a previous event a few days before arriving in Detroit, Houdini received several “out of the blue” punches to the stomach from a young man. Ever the performer (the show must go on, right?) Houdini performed the first night in Detroit while in noticeable pain. Shortly after the show, the fearless contortionist was rushed to Grace Hospital
Unfortunately, no illusion or act of magic would allow Houdini to escape one last time.
Since 1927, Magicians around the world continue a long tradition of holding a séance to contact Houdini on Halloween.