The Bentinel Logo Home | FAQ | Links | Book (New!) | Archive
Bending the truth to fit the facts!
-- Clean, family-friendly news satire and parody --




Book (New!)


RSS feed for The Bentinel

Let us send you an email when a new story is published! Enter your email address above and press Alert Me!
privacy policy

Did you know?
'A.K.A. Houdini' Exhibit Reveals The Late Magician's Secret
(email to a friend)

APPLETON, Wisconsin - Mike Peterson has always been fascinated with magic. So when he became a curator of the Outagamie Museum, he began lobbying the board to allow him to open a Houdini exhibit. "More than just show what I already knew of the man, I wanted to be able to do the in-depth research to discover the elusive 'how' of what he did. I wanted to know the secrets myself, and I wanted to be able to share them with others," recalled Peterson, "But even I was unprepared for the answers I got. I assure you, I researched it thoroughly and there can be no doubt. Houdini used real magic to perform his stunts."

"Houdini used real magic to perform his stunts."
-- Mike Peterson, curator
Peterson's unconventional view has surprised his fellow curators. "I think we've grown up and become pretty comfortable with the idea that all 'magic', from the arrogant Copperfield to the androgynous Henning, was somehow a trick," explained curator of exhibits Kim Louagie, "So the very idea that Houdini was somehow truly magical in the fairytale sense is a bit foreign. And in view of the hidden panels in the trunks, cut out spaces for hidden keys, and other such modifications Houdini made to his equipment, frankly, I just don't buy it."

"It's true, though, I tell you! It's totally true!" insisted Peterson, "The hidden keys and sliding panels are just there to throw us off the mark! I've tried to make the tricks work using these items and it's just impossible." Peterson demonstrated going into the trunk, then being unable to release himself. "You see?"

"I would submit that knowing how a trick works, and being able to work the trick are not necessarily linked," said magician Ronald "Rondini" Lindberg, "While the magicians' code strictly forbids my revealing the means by which the trunk escape works, I believe I can comfortably intimate that there is no actual metaphysical, unearthly magical skills needed to accomplish it."

In a compromise between Peterson and the museum, the A.K.A. Houdini exhibit will not contain references to Peterson's theories about Houdini, but it will also not specifically preclude them. "I'm sure when the visitors see the materials for themselves, they'll come to the right conclusions on their own," said Peterson confidently.
(email to a friend)


Looking for the best web site in the whole world? Look no further than! Loonwatch Islamophobia Ilisha, a site exposing the lies about Islam and Muslims. Do you think you have a Russian Girlfriend? Think again! Are you looking for a family portrait or wedding photographer in Dallas, Texas? Images by Andi is here for you! Looking for gently-used, cheap, tax-free cigarettes? They're available here. In the market for Weber Grills? This site has 'em. Are you addicted to sugar? Then you could use Self-Help for Sugar Addiction. Like movies? Check out these Movie Trailers. Down on your luck? Perhaps you'll need some Prescription Drugs Online. If that doesn't help, maybe you'll just stay home and Download movies. With the money you save on popcorn, you can play at this online casino . If you're driven into Drug Abuse, this site has the answer. Like jokes? Visit The Joke Teller Web Site! Like games or programs? Go to Josef's site!

Copyright 2003-2004, The Bentinel (, All Rights Reserved