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Oudini was the stage name of an escape artist, obviously a Houdini imitator, during the early 1900s in the Boston area. He wrote a book called The Great Mysteries in 1909 in which he exposed some escapes and included many photos and press clippings of his performances. On the reverse side of the title page with the copyright date are the names "by Frank J. Rowan and E. T. Stewart".

Some thought that Robert Doidge might have been "Oudini" because he had at one time so many copies available to sell.

John Henry Grossman wrote in his MUM "Ask the Doctor" column that Walter B. Gibson informed him that Doidge told him that it was Frank J. Rowan, who lived near Haverhill, Massachusetts (where many of the press clippings from the book came from).[1]


  • Secrets of The Great Mysteries (1909)


  1. MUM March 1978