A word copy of the Houdini Family Letter sent to the Houdini Museum can be found by clicking here

A text version can be found by clicking here

HOUDINI LIVES! The latest Houdini headline is that several people want to exhume his body to settle once and for all the exact cause of his death. They are making a big thing that there was never an autopsy. This would be natural since Houdini was Jewish. Just heard from the closest living relatives of Houdini on his wife's side. Ruth, neice of Houdini's wife, Bess; and Jeff Blood, Houdini's grand nephew. They are totally against this project of having Houdini exhumed. They are closer to Houdini than the others. Ruth, feels Bess would have been horrified by of the thought of exhuming Houdini. Several magicians who are influential in the Society of American Magicians have also come out against it. The SAM, as it is known, has paid for the upkeep of the grave, and has acted as its protector since Houdini's death. Watch CBS Morning News show for our own Dorothy Dietrich being interviewed. We do know this... before he died there were many threats against his life by swindlers, crooks and phony spiritualists. He wrote friends before he died that he did not expect to live long because of the threats he was getting from them. When he announced he was going to attempt the Jinxed bullet catch, the then Dean of Magicians wrote him... Do not do it, you have too many enemies in the underworld who will seek to do a job on you. That same year he died he went to Washington DC to try to have a law passed making it a felony to claim to talk to the dead. He was even attacked backstage in Montreal by a fanatic student who had first asked him if he believed in the miracles of the Bible. He even had in his program of his traveling show that year a $10,000.00 challenge if they could produce any spiritualist manifestations that he could not prove was a fake or duplicate. He went from town to town exposing them with a vengence. Houdini had threats from many spiritualists including Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes series, and from Margery, well known spiritualist of the Houdini era. We tell much of this story in our Psychic Theater Production of "Haunted! Mind Mysteries and THE Beyond!" that has been running in our theater for the past 2 years. The Houdini Museum has seen to it to have a Houdini expert on call 24 hours a day during these difficult days.

A word copy of the Houdini Family Letter sent to the Houdini Museum can be found by clicking here

A text version can be found by clicking here

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