Early biography based on ‘the Recollections and Documents’ of Harry Houdini’s wife -Beatrice (1876-1943).
Bess’ is possibly best-known for the seance’s she held after Houdini’s passing on Halloween, 1926. Harry was famously obsessed with exposing psychics and mediums as frauds – something he loved to argue about with Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Click here : Houdini and Conan Doyle – The Story of a Strange Friendship by Bernard Ernst (Society of American Magicians)
Harry set up a secret code with which he would contact Bess from the afterlife, but it seems he was right about seances being hocus-pocus and after a decade of trying Bess declared “ten years is long enough to wait for any man.” The seance duty was passed to Walter Gibson, and the tradition continues to this day- but still no word from H.Houdini.
Condition : Good + see photos – foxing on some pages ….but it was Published by Heinemann, 1928
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