This shot is from a large collection of press photos currently on eBay. It shows Houdini and Bess seated across a seance table. I've seen other pics from this same session in which Houdini demonstrates methods used by fraudulent spiritualists, but never this particular one. Bess is writing on a note pad and Houdini is looking intently contemplative. Perhaps Bess is "automatic writing" her husband's thoughts?
With high tech instrumentation here at WAH HQ, I've actually been able to read the pad. It says: "Don't think about Charmain. Don't think about Charmain"...
Normally my policy here is to not write about eBay auctions until after they are over. But with a starting price of $688.88, this isn't exactly a bargain to let fly under the radar for some lucky buyer.
Other photos in the lot are of Herbert Hoover, Rock Hudson, Howard Hughes, Mae Clarke, Lena Horn, Ozzie & Harriet, Jesse Jackson, Arnold Palmer, and more. But it's the photo of Houdini (and Bess) they used to showcase the auction.