Today we continue our special Labor Day Weekend audio interview with Bess Houdini's sister, Marie Hinson (Rahner), recorded by Stanley Palm around 1980. These clips come courtesy of Jon Oliver and are shared here with the blessings of John C. Hinson, the great nephew of Harry and Bess Houdini.
In this except, Marie remembers traveling with Houdinis to Newport, Rhode Island, on August 21, 1912 to give a private show at the estate of the Belmonts (now called Belcourt of Newport). Our friend Dean Carnegie recently posted a nice account of this party on his blog The Magic Detective. But here is what it was like to have been there in person, right down to the magnificent strawberries.
As I said yesterday, hearing first hand recollections from someone who knew Houdini and Bess in life is the most incredible experiences any Houdini buff can have. So let's listen to Marie tell us all about her experience in Newport with her famous brother-in-law and her seemingly always mischievous sister. Enjoy.
|Courtesy of Dean Carnegie.
Tomorrow: Marie shares what might be the most intimate recollection of Bess Houdini ever to be made public.