Saturday, February 11, 2023

The living Bessie

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Bess Houdini on February 11, 1943, aboard a train outside Needles, California. I thought a nice way to mark the day would be to bring her back to life in the best way possible. Below is Bess in the 1938 film Religious Racketeers aka Mystic Circle Murder. If you've not seen this footage, you are in for a treat. This is currently the only sync sound footage of any member of the Houdini family. Enjoy.

Here's to Bessie!


  1. What a treat !!! Thank you JC!

  2. Wow! Truly amazing!

  3. It really is amazing to see and hear Bess talking. It brings the static photos we're familiar with to life.

  4. How wonderful to see Bess Houdini and to hear her voice! This truly is from beyond the grave.