Behold, American Coney Island’s new ‘Houdini Weenie’

click to enlarge American Coney Island's new "Houdini Weenie." - COURTESY PHOTO
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American Coney Island's new "Houdini Weenie."

The great Harry Houdini died in Detroit 95 years ago on Halloween night, shortly after his final performance ever at the Garrick Theatre.

To honor the famous illusionist, Detroit's American Coney Island is throwing a party from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, the date of Houdini's final performance. The Garrick Theatre was located right across the street from American Coney Island, at 1122 Griswold St.

On Sunday, the 104-year-old coney island will be serving a new "Houdini Weenie," a traditional coney dog served with ground beef, cheese, and french fries hidden under the chili. Proceeds from the limited-time offering go toward the Autism Alliance of Michigan.
Naturally, there will also be an illusionist on hand, as well as live music.

Houdini died at age 52 at Detroit's Grace Hospital of peritonitis, or ruptured abdomen lining, and a ruptured appendix. Witnesses believed Houdini may have suffered a fatal blow while performing earlier in Montreal, but it's also theorized that Houdini may not have realized he had appendicitis.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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