HARRY HOUDINI AND ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE ARE GETTING SUPERNATURAL

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By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

Deadline announced recently that FOX picked up a 10-episode series from Sony Pictures based on the real life relationship of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If this hasn’t piqued your interest yet, Houdini and Doyle is the brainchild of The Librarian franchise creator David Titcher, House creator David Shore, and House writer-producer David Hoselton.

"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his majestic mustache."

“Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his majestic mustache.”


The concept from the three Davids, who will be executive-producing the series together, is basically everything any nerd could ever want in a series. Frenemies Harry and Arthur will not only be forming a grudging partnership, they will also be investigating crimes of a supernatural nature. Harry Houdini, famous illusionist, escape artist, and magician, will be investigating supernatural crimes with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created the most famous eccentric detective in literature, Sherlock Holmes. Raise your hand if you have been waiting for this show your entire life and didn’t even know it until this moment! None of you can see it, but my hand is raised so high right now.

"Young Harry Houdini demonstrating his escape artistry and dashing good looks."

“Young Harry Houdini demonstrating his escape artistry and dashing good looks.”


According to Deadline, Houdini, who became famous by creating illusions that fooled crowds into thinking he was capable of real magic, will be doing his best to debunk any paranormal aspect of their cases, while Doyle, who in real life was a great believer in supernatural occurrences and spirituality, will seek to prove there is a paranormal explanation. Is it just me, or does this sound like The X-Files? Except that it is about two well-known historical figures in the beginning of the 20th century and it probably won’t have Mulder and Scully’s sexual tension that we all thrived on back in the 90’s.

However, there’s sure to be a lot of witty banter and grumbling, considering they publicly disagreed on quite a few things in real life. And then the images that spring to mind are amazing: the early 20th century setting, fashion, and awesomely styled facial hair. (Look at Sir Conan Doyle’s mustache!) What sort of weapons will they use against the spirits? Will Houdini roll his eyes when Doyle produces a crystal ball and suggests they call upon voices from beyond for answers? Will Houdini do card tricks? I really need to know these things!
As we wait for more information on the series, let’s all do a Google search for “Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle friendship”, shall we?

"They were the best of friends, they were the worst of friends."

“They were the best of friends, they were the worst of friends.”


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