Houdini & Pauli Murray Show – Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC (Admission $10 – SOLD OUT)

Event details

  • June 9, 2022
  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Warren Wilson College, Morris' Pavilion, 701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NC 28778
  • 864.244-1499

 View Map  |  Admission: 10.00 | No Reserved Seating | Tickets limited to 100 | Tickets go on sale April 18, 2022


The Magills will provide a musical interlude between performances.

Meet two amazing Americans – hear their stories – ask them how they overcame the great challenges of their lifetimes. You’ll laugh – you’ll cry – you’ll have lots of questions. And they’ll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it’s not just history – it’s personal.

  • Pauli Murray – confronting the law – armed with intelligence, a gift for words, and a fierce determination to make things right.
  • Houdini – taking the risk –  challenging death and fakery to become the world’s most famous magician and escape artist.


Pauli Murray performed by Becky Stone

She challenged “Jim Crow.” The overturning of Plessy v. Ferguson and the success of Brown v. Board of Education was in great part based on her legal tactic of challenging “separate” instead of “equal” and Pauli’s 746 page “States’ Laws on Race and Color.” 

She challenged “Jane Crow” (a term she coined.) Murray provided the argument Ruth Bader Ginsburg used to persuade the Supreme Court that the 14th Amendment  protects not only blacks but also women – and potentially other minorities – from discrimination.

A mixed-race orphan, Pauli grew up in segregated Depression Era North Carolina. UNC Graduate School rejected because of her race. Harvard Graduate School rejected her because of her sex. In spite of it all, Pauli graduated first in her class at Howard Law School. At Yale University where she earned her doctorate of law, her name now graces one of the university’s new colleges.

Pauli Murray took up the challenge to transform the law of the land.


Houdini, performed by Larry Bounds

A 21st century magician (Larry Bounds) transforms before your very eyes into the most famous Magician in history – Harry Houdini who from his birth to his death nearly a hundred years ago, led a life of mystery and controversy.

Houdini was a world renowned magician, an escape artist, an author, and an avid collector and historian. He was a pioneering filmmaker and aviator. He debunked con men and fake mediums who used magician’s tricks to cheat the public and was the frequent subject of their death threats. He trained police officers in improved restraint techniques and wrote a guide for surviving mine collapses.

Nearly a hundred years since his untimely death, Ehrich Weiss, as Houdini, remains the most famous magician in history.


The Magills

Beth Magill, wooden & silver flutes / vocals

Originally trained in classical flute, Beth became captivated by Celtic music. She is an active session musician, teaches Irish flute and tinwhistle, and has appeared on numerous recordings, performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage, served as the music director for Highland Repertory Theater’s production, A Mislaid Heaven, and currently plays with The Magills, Southwind, and various other musicians.

Jim Magill, guitar / mandolin / vocals

Jim is an award-winning songwriter and instrumentalist. He is the founding Director of the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops at Warren Wilson College, and was awarded the first Fellowship in Songwriting and Composition from the North Carolina Arts Council. With numerous album and performance credits, including performances with Emmy Lou Harris and Tom Paxton, Jim’s original songs have been featured on NPR’s The Thistle & Shamrock.

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