Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BONUS: Marie Hinson remembers the generosity of Houdini

Today we have a special BONUS clip from the amazing audio interview with Bess Houdini's sister, Marie Hinson (Rahner), recorded by Stanley Palm around 1980. These excerpts come courtesy of Jon Oliver and are shared here with the blessings of John C. Hinson, the great nephew of Harry and Bess Houdini.

Here Marie remembers the generosity of her famous brother-in-law, Houdini, on stage and off. She talks about bringing her daughter Marie (Blood) to Houdini's show to do the shimmy; Houdini fondness for the shirts she made; his habit of doing magic at the dinner table; and how Houdini paid for her wedding to John Hinson on June 28, 1911.

The audio concludes with the untold story of Beatrice, the daughter of Bess's sister, Stella, who suffered from polio. This is not something that has ever appeared in any Houdini book and is a true testament to just how generous Houdini could be with his extended family. But I'll let Marie tell you all about it herself. Enjoy.



Speaking of generosity, a very big THANK YOU to Jon Oliver and Stanley Palm for making this possible. Also thanks to John C. Hinson and the Hinson family for allowing me to share these extraordinary memories from an extraordinary lady.

Click here to revisit all four clips

13 comments:

  1. A great bonus! Thanks again, John, for taking the time to prepare and post these clips. Wonderful.

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    1. You see I finally figured out how to add more than one picture. :)

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    2. Yeah, looks good! And lovely bridal pics of Marie.

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  2. BTW, who do we think was the sister-in-law that threw rice in her face? Dark Sadie?

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  3. What and outstanding job, all the pictures came in handy for this project. nice to share the family with everyone.

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    1. And there's a lot more Hinson family treasures to come. :)

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  4. Awesome video! Wow, thanks so much for putting this up!

    Question: Any idea who the other 3 people in the wedding picture were?

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    1. On the back it identifies them as "Tom and Anna Kraus and Marion." Who they were exactly I don't know.

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  5. Thank You John C, John H, and Jon O for sharing this special treat with us. Truly amazing!

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  6. Thanks a lot for sharing this with us!

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  7. I'm coming in late to this and all the good comments have been taken. But thanks for posting these clips - they are brilliant. =)

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    1. Better late than never! Glad you enjoyed these, melbo. :)

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