In Oct. 21 Issue
The Klinge Brothers of Discovery Channel's Ghost Lab want to produce a national television show for local magician and escape artist Aron Houdini, a show that could end up being broadcast on the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel or Spike TV, according to the local entertainer.
While performing in Cincinnati this past winter Houdini first met the Klinge Brothers and formed a friendship that has continued to grow.
"It just so happened the organizers of the event forgot to book a vehicle for the Klinge brothers, Brad and Barry," he said. "So they road with me to the meet and greet party."
After the event the Klinges asked Houdini to come to Buffalo, New York the following week to meet with the producer of their show for the Discovery Channel.
During the meeting Al Lagarde, one of the Discovery Channel's executive producers confronted Houdini about the possibility of having his own show.
"Lagarde gave me a list of things I needed to do to prepare for my own show," Houdini said. "I have sent him pictures, videos and a ton of research on Harry Houdini." He said he also phoned legendary musician Lance Burton for some advice.
"Last Wednesday night while taking a group through the haunted house, Barry Klinge called me and said 'are you ready?' … I asked him ready for what? He told me Al Lagarde has had several meetings with different networks and The Learning Channel is very interested, among others."
Klinge told him he needed to fly to New Jersey and tape a scissor reel for the networks in hopes of landing the show. "I then explained to him about the haunted house and festival I have helped organize and put so much time into," Houdini said. "He asked me to call them back in 30 minutes for a conference call with the producers of the show."
After talking it over and meeting with city officials it was agreed that the taping and the producers of the Discovery Channel's Ghost Lab would come to Russell Springs and do the taping on Main Street during the fall festival on Saturday, Oct.30 in front of Houdini's hometown.
"I couldn't have asked for a better scenario," he said.
The idea behind Aron Houdini's forthcoming show is to show a real life 'Houdini' that can get out of all the famous contraptions that the legendary Harry Houdini was able to.
Aron Houdini is scheduled to perform some of the world's most dangerous escapes and travel to all the old theaters Houdini performed in and perform some of the same escapes.
"I need my entire hometown to come out, watch and be apart of the taping," Houdini said. "We need a large audience to be on Main Street to be there for the taping … so everyone, friends, family members, strangers, please come out and help."