Chicken Paprikash is the dish that his mother and then wife Bess used to make for Erik Weisz a.k.a. the magician Harry Houdini. It reflected both his Jewish and Hungarian upbringing. The following old recipe is from his niece Ms. Marie Blood. Click here to see it!
6. Doug Henning
Doug Henning might be a distant memory from Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. But don’t forget, he was the first magician to re-create, on live T.V., Harry Houdini’s water torture escape! In an attempt to make magic appeal more to mainstream America, he studied dance and theater as well as magic. Later on he sold some of his tricks to famous magicians such as David Copperfield. A devoted vegetarian, Boca burgers with plenty of relish were a particular favorite of his. Bocas are trademarked by the Kraft corporation and are meatless hamburgers. Henning loved them so much that he had Boca Burgers served at his funeral! Click here to see a variation on the classic vegetarian hamburger recipe.
Local butcher Sam Marvin makes sure to slice the femur bones of his cows lengthwise for Siegfried and Roy’s tigers! Not just for carnivorous cats anymore, your local butcher can perform this tasty cut for you as well. Now delicious roasted marrow bones are available in both expensive restaurants and at your home. Click here for the recipe from Honest Cooking.
So sometimes you know a true foodie when they admit they don’t know what to order, but they know where to order it. Penn Jillette (and possibly the silent Raymond Teller) go to Lotus of Siam. This Asian restaurant is humbly located in a Nevada strip mall. Considered by many to be the finest Thai restaurant in the U.S.A., Penn (and maybe Teller with less talking and more pointing) recommend having the restaurant tell you what to have. If you’re a bit more adventurous, there is a tutorial on how to order from this restaurant here. Or for one of their more famous dishes, check out this recipe for Tom Kha Gai (Coconut Soup) by clicking here!
3. David Blaine
So trust a famous magician who’s also an endurance artist to fall in love with another master in the art of food. David Blaine is a Brooklyn native, and his hometown pizzeria Di Fara’s is as old school as it gets. The owner doesn’t use a specific formula, he just makes by hand every delicious pie. This recipe from Men’s Journal is the closest you’re going to get on on how to make Brooklyn-style pizza at home!
2. Criss Angel
This Greek American from Long Island has become an international sensation both for his talent and innovative style (bringing more of a darker, gothic element back into magic). Sabana chicken with Spanish rice is Criss Angel’s go to dish when not performing. The restaurant Tacos and Tequila in the Luxor hotel is his favorite spot, but click here for a recipe to make it at home. And if you’d like a fun side dish, click here for their Mexican corn with chili recipe!
This famous wizard was born of a mortal woman who had sex with an incubus a.k.a. he was Welsh. Back then the rich nobles would have a meal of pheasant or swan cooked with ginger, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, and saffron. This medieval recipe from the B.B.C. uses chicken but otherwise is the same