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Houdini Items #1


 

                                                           Harry Houdini's Voice


 

                             


 

Jon has the privilege and honor of having so many personal pieces belonging to both Bess and Harry Houdini.
Many of the pieces were either purchased or given to him as gifts from Marie Blood and/or Ruth Kavanaugh.


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Houdini and Hardeen's original travel case used to transport small magical affects. On the left are letters
addressed and received by Houdini, multiple pictures, and the original Houdini top hat and silk tube. Originally
Houdini's trunk and Hardeen later added his name to it.


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Hardeen, Jr.'s (Douglas Geoffrey) Theatre costume trunk, and poster of Hardeen, Jr.


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Original Houdini travel trunk, top hat, multiple pictures and posters, letters to Houdini, envelope opener,
Houdini's original file cabinet, original plate with many Houdini's keys.


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Bess and Houdini's original carving set. Middle photograph shows Bess and Marie carving a turkey with it
at Thanksgiving.


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Multiple items of Houdini collection. On the right under the glass dome is a spool of decorative thread
used for some of the costumes in the Houdini show.


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Houdini's original dresser, one piece of the entire bedroom set that Jon owns, photo of Bess, original lamps,
dresser items of Bess, bust of Houdini, small silver plated creamer Bess took from the Statler Hotel when
she left Detroit after Houdini's demise.


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Original Hardeen's tunk used for his milk can, case, radio given to Bess as a gift, multiple photos and
posters, original chair from one of the studies of the Houdini home(dolls were given to Jon by Ruth Hinson).


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Original Houdini straight jacket (worn by Melissa), Bess's dresser chair, various photos.


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Original book shelf once owned by magician Suzie Wandas (Jon's collection on top), lots of original Houdini
items (will be shown in different photos) and books, as well as some of Jon's Houdini books.


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Original chain of Houdini, but has a different lock on it then in the photo.


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Ceremonial necklace of Houdini which is laying in front of Bess on the table at the house on Payson Avenue
in N.Y.


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Bess's dresser set with perfume bottle, brushes, mirror and other containers. Both doilies handmade
by Bess.


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Three pairs of Houdini's original handcuffs.


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Magician Suzy Wandas original book shelf with various posters and items which will be shown in separate
photos.


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Bess had this leather photo case made with Houdini's picture, as a small shrine to him after his demise.
One of the items in the bookshelf.


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Original tea cup, saucer, and silver strainer belonging to Bess and Harry Houdini.


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Original Houdini French Letter cuffs and Marlin Bottleneck and the travelling box container he used to
carry his special handcuffs for challenging so-called "Handcuff Kings". Across the top of the photograph
in Houdini's handwriting you can see the word "handcuffs", which unfortunately does not show up in this
photograph due to its age.


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Commerative plate of Houdini.


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Original Houdini baby shoe. You can see him wearing it in the tin type photo taken at that time.


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Original programs from the Palace Music Hall and the Majestic Theatre.


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Houdini's original book called "The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin and Handcuff Secrets". This is Houdini's
personal copy of the book in which he has made notes throughout trying to change it from an attack on
Robert-Houdin into a history on magic.


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Collection of Houdini's original picks.


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Original alligator pouch that Houdini carried his cards in as he travelled. You can see Houdini's signature
on the leather.


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Toy bear that was given to children by Houdini's after they participated in his act.


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Photograph of Houdini revealing how some mediums use their feet to make noises.


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Reproduction of original Houdini handcuffs - seance cuff, French letter cuff, and the mirror handcuff -
keys, and original leather coin pouch Houdini used.


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Houdini coins, postcard, and playing cards.


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Majestic radio given to Bess by Helen Hayes. Helen's name is on the back of the radio.


 

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