Here's another clipping from a collection recently sent to me by John C. Hinson. This is from the November 10, 1936 Dallas Journal and features a terrific shot of Bess holding the famous Mirror Handcuffs. This is 10 days after the Final Houdini Seance.
|Dallas Journal, November 10, 1936.|
The attractive little white-haired wife of the great magician stopped over in Dallas Tuesday to break her trip from Hollywood to New York.
Stepping over to her trunk she tenderly brought out a pair of heavy silver handcuffs which where locked.
"It has been more than ten years since Harry Houdini locked them." Mrs. Harry Houdini said.
The handcuffs, she explained had been made in England had one lock after another inside a heavy cylinder across the top. Houdini had escaped from them in the Hippodrome in London. They had been made escape proof and were made as a challenge to his ability.
The article goes on to explain how Harry promised Bess that, should he find a pathway back from the great beyond, he would either speak to her in their "secret language code" or: "I will unlock these silver handcuffs which I give you."
The article ends with mention of another test of Bessie's own making:
Mrs. Houdini said that she was going to New York to have Thanksgiving Day with her mother "who is older than I am." She declined to give her mother's name.
"No," she said. "I cannot do that because it is by that means that I have tested mediums and spiritualists. Not until this day have I told my mother's name and only she and I know it. It is a test that none of them can get by. So I don't give her name."
I think it is probably safe to reveal that Bess's mother's name was Balbina Rahner. The Mirror Cuffs are now in the collection of David Copperfield.
Thanks to John Hinson.