Bringing Houdini Back (with the Harry Ransom Center as our Medium)


The Harry Ransom Center and the Hidden Room’s partnership will soon culminate with “Houdini Speaks To The Living,” a theatrical celebration of Houdini’s fight against fraud mediums, despite his good friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sincere belief in Spiritualism.  In advance of the show’s premier, Hidden Room Artistic Director Beth Burns has penned an article at the Harry Ransom Website about her many months researching the Ransom Center’s remarkable Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collections.

(Secret message from the Matriarch: all you need is a driver’s license and curiosity in order to go investigate the collections for yourself.)

Read more about our process and the joy of activating archival collections through performance, and please do leave a comment with your thoughts and questions.


Images and Reflections on Brudermord UK Tour 2015

Candlelight in London.  Castles in Oxford.  Swans along the River Avon.  Puppets.

Get comfortable inside our ethereal family room while we fire up the slide projector.  We’ve been anxious to share some of our adventures with you, gentle supporters – especially since we felt your presence strongly throughout this English journey.

First stop:  Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Next up:  Magdalen College, Oxford University

Final Destination: Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Then off to a few personal post-show destinations…

We are all so grateful.  At each venue we had the opportunity to talk about Austin and our US family of supporters.  In all travels, bumps occur, and it was your support and kindness that got us overseas, and kept us strong and adaptable throughout the adventure.  Every day we received boosting words of encouragement from back home, and we did our best to keep you close and make you proud.

Playing at the Globe, Oxford, and the Shakespeare Institute is an honor that we relish sharing with you.  You have our forever thanks, and promises of more adventures to come inside Hidden Rooms in Austin and in parts as yet unknown.

With Most Kind Regards,

the Matriarch