Great Galloping Ghosts! Mechanical Horse-Riding at Steeplechase Park…

This film records one of the most exciting and dangerous thrill rides of the early 1900s. The famous "Steeplechase Horses" were the signature, premiere attraction at Coney Island's Steeplechase Park, which had been established by amusement park impresario George Tilyou during the 1890s. » 10/28/14 7:19pm Tuesday 7:19pm

Was this ill-fated Victorian festival the first SF-themed "event"?

Worldcon, Comicon, the Steampunk World's Fair ... modern fans of SF genres are spoiled for choice of get-togethers. But the "Coming Race Bazaar" of 1891 may have been the first ever cosplay/vending/entertainment gathering specifically inspired by a science fiction story ... » 9/09/14 4:03pm 9/09/14 4:03pm

Fact-checking the History Channel's "Houdini" mini-series

So, was Harry Houdini really a pre-WW1 spy for the US and Great Britain? Was Bess Houdini really a (gasp) marijuana fiend? Did Houdini really disappear a 10,000 pound elephant in the middle of a circus arena? The good people at WildAboutHoudini.com have saved me a lot of time and typing by producing this detailed… » 9/03/14 7:00pm 9/03/14 7:00pm