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Houdini Items #2


 

                                Voice of Bess Houdini

On the tenth anniversary of Harry Houdini's demise, a seance was held and led by Eddy Saint. What you
will hear is the actual voice of Bess Houdini acknowledging that there will be no more seances and her
disbelief in spirit contact.

The background sound is looped so it will play over and over again so at the end of the first session, you
may want to turn your speaker off on this page.


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Houdini loved to read and had a huge book collection. He often made notes inside his books as can be
seen in this one titled "Spiritualism".


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Houdini's leg irons, and bust of Madam du Barry who was the official mistress of King Louis XV of France.
She was actually married to the King's brother. Madam du Barry was born on August 15, 1743 and was
beheaded by guillatine as a traitor on December 8, 1793. The bust stood on the Houdini's pedestal which
was in Bess and Harry's home.


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The cards, face of clock, scarf and other items in the top left frame were used in Houdini's last tour.
The souvenier booklet under the above was purchased at the Garrick Theatre the night of his last show.


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Close up photographs of items from Bess's dressing table set.


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Standing frame photograph of Bess's friend, Beatrice Mooreland. Beatrice was a friend of both Bess
and Helen Hayes. She was known for her acting in "The Scale of Justice - 1914, "Good Pals" - 1914,
and "Oliver Twist" - 1912.


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Original letter from Theo Hardeen along with a photograph of him.


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Silver handled powder brushes given to Bess by her friend


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A small bowl that Bess and Harry picked up somewhere in Europe that has a picture of George Washington,
that has a caption that says, "This is George Washington. He was his country's father", and framed tapesty
of Don Juan made in 1800 with Houdini's signature across the back.


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Houdini wrote his name on almost all of his belongings, even on the back of the above tapestry.


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Photograph of Houdini and Marie Blood, and then given to Jon by Marie.


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Original items belonging to Houdini - photo buttons and a key that was a magic trick sold in the theatre
lobbies. The doll he always liked because he thought it looked like him. The note says that Houdini never
carried a wallet but preferred using leather change pouch. He always kept his name and address tucked
inside in case he misplaced or lost it and the person finding it would know where to return it.


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Bag from the Houdini Museum in Niagra Falls, Canada, and a piece of glass and a screw from the original
water torture cell.


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Photographs with Harry Houdini's handwriting on the back.


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Original Lilly Iron Houdini handcuffs.


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Assortment of keys Houdini had at the time of his demise.


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Houdini's desk set, ink well, pen, letter opener, and letters addressed to him.


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Photograph is of John Hinson, Ruth Kavanaugh (as a teenager), and Marie Hinson. Lamps are from Bess
and Harry's bedroom.


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Houdini's original file cabinet used by him for notes and material on exposing spiritualism. Jon has five
of Houdini's file cabinets.


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Small wooden table from the Houdini home.


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Assorted Houdini keys on silver pedestal plate from the Houdini home.


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Houdini's luggage rack.


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Houdini's Tower ball and chain.


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Escape artist, Trudel, and photograph of Hardeen, Jr.


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Variety of posters.

  • Green poster behind leg irons made by a paper company in 1974 to promote products.
  • Middle one was made to promote a book on Houdini in 2006.
  • On the right is a "1 sheet" for a Houdini opera in Amsterdam and came from the Houdini Hall of
       Fame in Niagra Falls.

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    Napkin from Bess Houdini's "Rendezvous Tea House" she purchased after Houdini's demise.


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    Original Houdini magic catalogue from approximately 1893.


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    As seen in other photographs, Jon also has the rest of the Houdini bedroom decorations such as the
    original lamps and Bess's dresser items.


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    Houdini's clock, napkin from Bess's restaurant, Houdini book with Bess's signature plate.


     

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