Thursday, January 23, 2020

Happy birthday Magigal Bess

Today is Bess Houdini's 144th birthday. She was born on January 23, 1876 in Brooklyn, NY. To celebrate, here's a shot of Bess and Gerrie Larsen with a Magigals cake. What exactly they are celebrating I'm not sure, so let's just think of this as Bessie's birthday cake!

This unpublished image comes from the collection of our friend John Hinson, the great-nephew of Harry and Bess. Thanks John!



  1. We do birthday parties at the Houdini Museum, we would love to display that picture. WOW! Great picture.

  2. I reckon that's a little Milt or Bill Larsen at Gerrie's elbow.

    1. Oh, I never thought about that! Looks too old to be Milt (based on that Castle pic). But Bill was the older brother, right? Maybe I should ask Erika. She was excited to see this pic. She had never seen it before.



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