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Houdini 1936 Final Official Seance

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Published on Oct 30, 2010

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This is an audio recording of the official final Houdini seance, which took place on Saturday, October 31, 1936, 8:30 p.m., on the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood, California.

Some of the key participants at the seance were Houdini's wife Beatrice (Bess), Dr. Edward Saint, Charles Fricke, two newspapermen, a past president of the California Spiritualist Organization, Hereward Carrington, Caryl Fleming, and William Larsen Sr.

For those not familiar with this seance, here's the scoop. Before Houdini's death, Harry and Bess made a pact that the first to die would try to contact the survivor. If contact wasn't made within 10 years, the pact would be broken. Houdini promised Bess that if he died first, he would deliver a message in code and open a pair of locked silver handcuffs, among other things. As it turned out, Houdini did die first, on October 31, 1926. This recording captures Bess's final attempt to contact Harry.

And for the record, the original recording of this was about 19 1/2 minutes. It included more introductory commentary by Edward Saint, complete with a rendition of Pomp and Circumstance, which Houdini used to have playing in the background as he walked onstage and greeted his audiences. In any event, I couldn't post the longer version because YouTube will not accept videos longer than 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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