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WHEN HARRY MET EDNA

March 24, 2019

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In July, 1904, World renowned escape artist Harry Houdini and his brother Theo (also a great and unique magician) returned to their former home town Appleton, Wisconsin to relax, visit friends and renew old acquaintances. Edna Ferber, the future best selling novelist, was a 19 year old reporter for the Appleton Crescent. She met Harry at a drugstore on College Avenue and conducted an impromptu interview. I love this description...
"He is resting here and one can see how he needs a period of quiet when one talks to him, for he is a quick nervous chap, inclined to jump when an unexpected noise is heard and to shut his eyes until they are almost closed; when speaking under excitement."
Houdin