|David Stott Building|
Like another dominant entertainer of his era, Buffalo Bill Cody, it's difficult to separate the legend from the facts with Houdini's life from the legend. And so it is with his death.
Houdini's last performance was on October 24 at the long-ago demolished Garrrick Theatre at 1122 Griswold Street in downtown Detroit, just south of where the David Stott Building now stands. Suffering from appendicitis that may have been caused by a punch to the stomach by a Montreal college student who responded to the magician's longstanding challenge that he could endure a gut punch, Houdini struggled through his show with a high fever.
At first Houdini was optimistic that he would pull through, but on October 31 he uttered his last words, "I'm tired of fighting."
There is no historical marker at the site of the old Garrick--not for the theater and not for it being the site of Houdini's last performance.
I mean, wake up, Detroit, you have a tourist attraction right under your nose.