The roots of National Magic Week date back over 80 years. In the summer of 1927, less than one year after the death of Harry Houdini, a “Houdini Day” was established. In 1938, Les Sholty, a Chicago member of the Society of American Magicians, sought official sanction for a “Houdini Day.” A friend of the Houdini’s requested and obtained permission from Mrs. Houdini to proclaim October 31st as National Magic Day in honor of Harry Houdini. A plan was formulated to celebrate this day by having free magic performances for shut-ins and the handicapped, who would otherwise not be able to go out and enjoy a show. The first radio broadcast about National Magic Day occurred on July 20, 1938 on Radio station KQW. Mrs. Houdini participated in that broadcast.