Thursday, March 27, 2014

John Hinson shares Hidden Treasures

Our good friend and frequent contributor, John C. Hinson, the great-nephew of Harry and Bess Houdini, appeared yesterday on the WCCA TV 13 public access show Hidden Treasures hosted by Bill Safer. John brought along and shared several rare Houdini artifacts handed down from his grandparents. You can watch the full episode (#17) at the WCCA TV website. Just click the link below and enjoy:

15 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing your treasures.

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  2. That was fun to watch even though most of John's answers were familiar and his treasures have been on display here. Did Houdini ever allow his mouth to be sewn shut for an escape? Couldn't be...

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  3. I read on the Magic Café that the “Mouth sewn up” reference was given by Houdini himself to his imitators. It was one of the conditions he made to everyone who was prepared to challenge one of his escapes. Houdini knew very well that nobody would be prepared to have their mouth sewn up, so he knew he wouldn't be challenged!

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  4. Thanks Joe. I remember reading something to that effect in a challenge by Houdini to his imitators.

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  5. Thanks to John Cox for his continual unearthing of all things Houdini. Keep up the great job! I would also like to give a special thank you to John Hinson for sharing a portion of his Houdini collection with us on Hidden Treasures. I’m pleasantly surprised and always amazed to see something new and exciting related to Houdini. Thanks again to BOTH Johns.

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  6. I also enjoyed that 30 minute show. Many thanks to you both.

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  7. John Hinson great nephew of Bess and Harry HoudiniApril 4, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    It was taken on Houdini birthday. And i was nerves

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    1. This was done on Houdini's birthday? That's great. And you did a great job. Didn't seem nervous at all. I think the host was nervous to meet you!

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  8. Hello Mr. Hinson,

    Thank you for your very informative and exciting interview.
    It’s great that someone like yourself is able to share your collection and information.
    What a great autographed photo!!!!!
    Just the tip of the iceberg…Wowzers!
    My life partner and I have watched this interview on more than one occasion.
    Keep up the excellent work!!!

    All of our best,

    Boogie and Gates

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  9. Much Love to JohnC.Hinson for all your Love and sincre Heart felt feelings you have for your Great Uncle Harry Houdini, and Great aunt Bess, this made my Heart very happy to feel how much Love you have for your Löved ones,thank you, John Cox fo sharring ths on your web site, please keep the flam burnning, HH

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  10. Dear John Hinson,

    my name is Ursula Mecklenburg from Germany. My grandmother Maria Hinsenhofen was the sister of your grandfather. My parents died for some time. I found some letters and photos from your grandparents, your father und his sisters and Harry and Bess Houdini. I have no adress or e-mail-contact from you, therefore I contact you on this way. I would be very glad to here from you (my grandcousin).

    My e-mail adresses are: umecklenburg@web.de and
    umecklenburg@t-online.de

    Very best regards from your grandcousin and her husband
    Ursula and Andreas Mecklenburg

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    1. Thank you for the comment, Ursula. I'll make sure John see's this. I'm sure we would all love to see those photos!

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  11. Dear John Cox,
    thank you very much for your comment and your mail. I hope so much to hear something from my grandcousin John Hinson and his family.

    Dear John Hinson,
    I forgot a information: The name from my grandparents is Wilhelm and Maria Kuhlhoff (born Hinsenhofen). I would be glad to hear from you,
    Very best regards
    Ursula and Andreas Mecklenburg

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