Thursday, September 30, 2010
RIP Tony Curtis
A very sad good-bye to the great Tony Curtis, star of one of my all-time favorite films, and many other classics.
George Pal's HOUDINI, starring Tony Curtis, was a life defining moment for me. I first saw it when I was about nine years old, and I'd already read a couple books about the Great Houdini, including one my father had given me. However, the film sealed the deal for me forever.
Harry Houdini was not only a brilliant magician, but also arguably the greatest entertainer in history, and Tony Curtis's interpretation of him was uncanny. It inspired me to learn magic, escape artistry (there still isn't a knot that can hold me), develop my imagination, and started a life-long scientific fascination with the occult.
I owe Harry Houdini, and Tony Curtis, a tremendous lot.
Farewell, sir. You've made the last great escape.
(June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010.)