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|The Wichita Daily Eagle, May 27, 1923.|
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Whenever the Houdinis were in the Bay Area they made their headquarters at the Aladdin Studio, a restaurant operated by the Mooser girls.And often Hattie would substitute for Bess in Houdini's stage performances.But most of the memories are of the man himself, and not the feats he performed.Miss Hattie recalls one damp night when Houdini ushered her quickly into a cab and directed the driver to the waterfront:"Not many people knew it but Houdini helped the Coast Guard round up a ring of rum runners. They often asked him to assist in an investigation because he was such a good swimmer and he trained himself to withstand cold. He would swim out to a suspected rum runner's boat, look around, and report back to the authorities."
Miss Hattie recalled joining Houdini in leading a pack of newspaper man through the Winchester Mystery House one dark night. She said:"There were no lights in the house and we carried flashlights. Houdini was interested in the house because of his psychic research."
Miss Hattie also remembered the time she was able to get Houdini into the Tower of Jewels at the 1915 Worlds Fair."We went to dinner afterwards and he asked when my sister and I would observe our birthdays," Miss Hattie said. "I asked him why and he reached into his pocket and pulled out a handful of jewels. You know nobody took their eyes off him when he was in the tower and I have no idea how he got them."The jewels, of course, were glass.
Miss Minnie recalled that they employed college students at their restaurant and had a difficult time keeping any silverware."One day Houdini came in with a mysterious looking package," Miss Minnie said. "He called us aside and opened it. It was filled with cheap knives and forks from the five and dime. 'If you are going to let them get away with the silverware, make certain it's only the cheap stuff,' he said."
Miss Hattie also recalled a day when she sat in a darkened movie theater with Houdini to watch his first movie.In it he played a superman who had been frozen in ice for 300 years."It was awful, just awful," she said. "And I asked him how he had ever been talked into investing in such a terrible film."He shook his head sadly. He had poured most of his savings from his career in the theater into the film and lost every cent of it."
"He was a brilliant man," Hattie said. "But he was very serious. He never played and he never relaxed. He had unbelievable strength and he could control every muscle in his body. He could put his foot on the floor and break the strings in his shoe without anyone knowing that he had moved his foot."
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|The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept. 21, 1925.|
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Bess: How'd it go today?Harry: Just great. I opened eight-thousand, six hundred and forty-two locks.Bess: Well at least we're not dodging tomatoes and you get paid every Saturday night.
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|Dayton Daily News, May 18, 1924.|
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"When people come over, I always say that if there’s something you want to see or to touch, just ask. You’re not going to hurt anything. Part of why I have all of this stuff is because I also love showing it off."
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Who is good with early 20th century manuscript German? This is the last written words of the magician Wiljalba Frikell, found in his suit jacket and given to Harry Houdini by Madame Frikell and now in the Houdini papers @ransomcenter. I’ve never seen it translated though. pic.twitter.com/38ObOqHgxY— Eric Colleary (@ecolleary) April 13, 2022
Wiljalba Frikell was a famous magician before Houdini's time. It was Frikell, not Robert-Houdin, who first rejected wizard robes in favor of wearing evening dress. The young Houdini went to great lengths to visit the magician at his home in Kotchenbroda, Germany in 1903. But when Harry arrived, he found Frikell laying dead in his parlor, having suffered a heart attack just hours before.
|Houdini at the Frikell home. (The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin)|
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
|The Pittsburgh Press, March 8, 1922.|
When he was four, little Ehrich emigrated with his family from Hungary to the USA. Although they had reached a world of great opportunity, the family lived in poverty and Ehrich had no choice but to go to work from a young age. When he was just nine, Ehrich worked as a trapeze artist, and this experience led him into a life of entertainment.
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Monday, April 11, 2022
|The Pittsburgh Press, Sept. 13, 1925|
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Memorandum of conference with Houdini at his room in the Majestic Theater.(1) Houdini stated that he could, and would be delighted to repeat the "Margery" phenomena for a group of gentlemen to be selected by Dr. McComas of Princeton.(2) He urged that the apparatus used be the same as that used by "Margery" and to this Dr. McComas and Dr. Brown agreed.(3) Houdini suggested that the same committee wire "Margery" into the cabinet that later wires him, and to this Dr. Brown and Dr. McComas agreed.
You might think she does certain things in a certain way and describe it to me, whereas it will be entirely different before my eyes. [...] The lady is subtle and changes her methods like any dexterous sleight-of-hand performer or any medium I have examined. [...] It must be borne in mind that secret paraphernalia may have to be contrived to perform some of the tests. If so, I will explain these tests until I have time to get the same made.
What are you doing here? I thought I was going to have a night off and watch Houdini get tied up… He was afraid to come. He wouldn't have liked to be tied up in that cabinet; I would have talked to him.
In view of the many rumors, some not so complimentary to me, have heard that you are perfectly willing for me to attend a number of séances during my stay here in Boston. Am inquiring whether this is the truth as I hear a great many things that may be distorted. If you would permit me to come to the séances, I would be very glad to do so, after any of my performances this week.
In as much as the only value which could possibly be attached to your presence at Lime Street would be because it would afford some amusement to watch your attempts to duplicate these phenomena, and since this you very wisely decline to do, there seems no other compelling reason for your coming again to Lime Street.
Please don't use the usual tactic of waiting until I leave and then grant me permission to come to a seance. I am sending this to you special delivery, registered, and will be at the theater all day waiting your reply.
The next day Houdini left for Worcester and the great Margery rematch never occurred.
Thanks again to the magical Jessica Jane Peterson for helping unlock this story.
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|New York Tribune, April 2, 1922.|
|New York Herald, April 3, 1922.|
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