"After the show, an elderly gentleman was backstage and came over to me to say that he absolutely adored what I did. He went on to say that he had not seen anyone with the kind of command of the audience that I have. The last time he saw that was when he saw Houdini. I thought was this guy was pitching me or something. As he was walking away, someone asked me if I knew who that was. I said no. It was Walter Gibson."
SAM members can read the online version at the SAM website. There's also a bonus "Backstage" podcast that non-members can listen to HERE.
Thanks to Bruce Kalver and Dick Brookz.
UPDATE: You can now read the entire interview at the Houdini Museum website.