1982 CELL ESCAPE LETTER
Another rare insight in to David’s Escapology career and this time it’s a letter to the UK Magician Paul Daniels. David wrote to Paul in 1982 about the opportunity for a jail cell escape on his TV magic shows! The following letters are very interesting and I hope you enjoy the opportunity to see them here on the tribute website.
Firstly where did they come from? The letters were part of an Auction lot from the Dreweatt's / Bloomsbury Auction house in England. They were advertised as part of the Bibliophile Sale in December 2013 and included in the Paul Daniels collection of memorabilia. There were a total of two letters, One to Paul Daniels and one to the Producer of entertainment at the BBC about this request on behalf of Paul Daniels. Originally the letters were previously listed at the auction lot and did not sell, only selling second time round.
So what’s the interest, well there is many but the main one is about the great Houdini and David states clearly that “I am the sure I am the only person who knows the exact secret” relating to Houdini’s cell escapes. This is an exceptional statement as it is not only a rare letter but the fact he is so confident that he wants to now prove it.
This request was passed on form the spokes person for Paul Daniels called (Joyce Waldeck) to the BBC Producer (John Fisher) and to my knowledge this escape request was sadly never part of Paul's TV shows. Had it been it would have been sensational. On the top of the letter it states they were writing back to David stating they were passing the letter on as per other letter states.
The letters have been appropriate masked to avoid the exposure of private and related escapology information that would not be suitable to expose. Again more information comes to light that the letter headed paper states