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Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz, magicians and administrators of The Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pa., are working to raise money to restore Houdini’s gravesite. AP

New effort afoot to restore Houdini’s grave in NYC

Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz, magicians and administrators of The Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pa., are working to raise money to restore Houdini’s gravesite. AP
Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz, magicians and administrators of The Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pa., are working to raise money to restore Houdini’s gravesite. AP

 

 

 

 

 This undated file photo shows magician Harry Houdini. AP
This undated file photo shows magician Harry Houdini. AP

NEW YORK — A group of magicians is working to raise money to restore Harry Houdini’s gravesite and permanently care for the monument at a New York City cemetery.

 

Officials say it will cost about $1,200 annually to maintain the grounds, plus thousands more in masonry fees to restore the granite and a glass-mosaic emblem of the Society of American Magicians. Houdini was its 11th president.

 

Markers were also damaged by vandals who have hit the Machpelah Cemetery.

 

Houdini purchased 24 plots at the 6-acre (2.5-hectare) cemetery at the height of his fame. Both his parents and other relatives are buried there.

 

The monument is an undulating bench with a life-size mourner, plus a bust, a vase, benches and markers for each person buried.