By Tom Interval
Although many sources cite January 22 as Bess Houdini’s birthday, John Cox of Wild About Harry has uncovered evidence that Houdini himself celebrated Bess’s birthday today—January 23. At least, that was the case in 1921. The evidence? Compliments of John C. Hinson: A copy of Houdini’s book, Miracle Mongers and Their Methods, inscribed by Houdini to his “Sweetheart Wife” on January 23, 1921 “on your birthday.” John (Cox) also sites California death records indicating January 23 as the day of birth. While most Houdini fans realize Houdini’s claims and recollections of birth dates are not always the most reliable, the two pieces of evidence John provides are pretty convincing. Even so, the skeptic in me still needs to be convinced by an official birth certificate obtained from the New York City Department of Records. Does anyone out there already have a copy? If so, please drop me a line. And if you happen to be in a giving mood, I’d love to see a scan of it! In the mean time, Happy Birthday, Bess!