Sunday, November 15, 2015

Talking Houdini with Jeff Richards

Dean Carnegie and I just recorded a live radio interview on the Canadian talk show, Jeff Richards: Paranormal. It was good fun and I think we did well. If you'd like to have a listen, click on over to The Magic Detective where Dean has a link to an online download.


  1. Great interview. I've always wondered where people get the story that Bess and Arthur Ford had a personal relationship beyond the Thurston debate and the message from Houdini's Mother. In this interview I believe someone said the information comes from Bess's sister Marie Hinson. I've never heard of it although I've listened to the 4 or 5 youtube recordings of her. Can you help me locate a source for this? Thanks!!!!

    1. Yep, I'm the one who said that professor. :)

      Marie told the story to Doug Henning and he related it on television shows back in the day. I remember one talk show in particular (Diana Shore maybe?) where he said they "got pretty high" (and then he looked embarrassed, as if he shouldn't have said that on TV). He might also tell it in his book, but I don't recall.

    2. Thanks.. I have his book. I've purchased a couple dozen books in the last 9 months all about Houdini and Arthur Ford. So to be clear it is Doug Hennings claim as quoted from Marie Hinson? I'll continue the search for the original source.. ;)

    3. Correct, the story was told by Doug as told to him by Marie. He struck up a relationship with her in the '70s -- the vast amount of the material in his book came from Marie. I doubt you will find anything from Marie direct. As far as I know, her only recorded interviews are what I posted here and on YouTube. I have the full interview and there was nothing in it about Ford.