I want to make special note of the honor I had of wearing Bess Houdini’s royal crown broach last night for the Magic Castle Awards. I knew I would be wearing it and planned my whole outfit around it. It was loaned to me by Kristy Pitchford for luck and worked like a charm. I felt lucky all night. 🥰👑🎉
Bess's royal crown brooch was owned for many years by the Larsen family (it was a gift from Bess to Gerrie Larsen). It was purchased in auction by David Copperfield in 2017. He then sold it to Randy and Kristy Pitchford, who are related to Cardini.
It's wonderful to see the Pitchfords sharing the brooch in this way. Bess helped Gerrie Larsen found the Magigals, the first magic organization exclusively for women, so she would be thrilled to see her brooch adorning talented and successful female magicians like Lindsay.
Thanks to Athena Stamos for the tip.