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"American Experience" Houdini (2000)

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Original Air Date:
7 March 2000 (Season 12, Episode 11)
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Episode Crew
Produced by
Maureen Barden Lynch .... post-production producer (as Maureen Barden)
Dan Lang .... field producer
Larry LeCain .... field producer
Bob M. McCausland .... field producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer
Chas Norton .... field producer
Nancy Porter .... producer
Raymond Powell .... post-production producer
Mark Samels .... senior producer
Beth Tierney .... producer
Original Music by
Claudio Ragazzi 
Cinematography by
Christine Burrill 
Boyd Estus 
Jeri Sopanen 
Film Editing by
Peter Rhodes 
Production Design by
Alison Kennedy (series designer)
Chris Pullman (series designer)
Art Department
Katha Seidman .... set designer
Sound Department
Peter Frumkin .... sound
Greg McCleary .... sound designer
Greg McCleary .... sound mixer
Yuri Raicin .... sound
Geof Thurber .... sound designer
Geof Thurber .... sound mixer
John Zecca .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Argo .... grip (as Wally Argo)
Guy Holt .... gaffer
Jeffrey King .... grip
Marc-Eric Nielsen .... first assistant camera
Jill Tufts .... assistant camera
Dick Williams .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Ed Joyce .... still animation
Editorial Department
Dave Allen .... on-line editor
Mark Steele .... on-line editor
Music Department
Michael Bacon .... music theme
Brain Clague .... musician
Charles Kuskin .... music theme
Billy Novick .... musician
Claudio Ragazzi .... conductor
Claudio Ragazzi .... musical director
Claudio Ragazzi .... orchestrator
Alon Yavnai .... musician
Other crew
Johanna Baker .... publicist
Frank Capria .... on-air promotion
Arda Collins .... research assistant
David Condon .... interactive media
Danielle Dell'Olio .... interactive media
James E. Dunford .... on-air promotion
Nancy Farrell .... project administrator
Rick Groleau .... interactive media
Andre Jones .... project administrator
Christine Larson .... business manager
Daphne B. Noyes .... publicist
Jeremy Roby .... intern
Helen R. Russell .... project administrator
Kenneth Silverman .... historical advisor
Joseph Tovares .... series editor
James Whitters .... production assistant
Don B. Wilmeth .... historical advisor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

Production Companies

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It could have been better...., 19 August 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a biography of Harry Houdini that was shown on PBS a decade and a half ago. It's interesting and well worth watching, though I thought occasionally one of the 'experts' was a bit difficult to take. He made some bizarre comparisons that seemed WAY over-stated--such as the public's fascination with Houdini was because when he threw off his chains during his act, it was indicative of a desire by the poor to throw off the chains of oppression. Yeah, right... Additionally, several folks said that Houdini's acting was terrible but I've seen most (if not all) of the surviving silent films made by Houdini and thought he was just fine. Apart from these things, the rest was interesting--how the man continually hurt himself and even risked his life to get magic tricks just right! An odd showman, that's for sure and a reasonably good biography that's narrated by Mandy Patinkin.

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