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Mr*. Harry Houdtnl. widow of the famous magician. announces that she Mil uiake oue more at tempt to establish contact with the spirit of her dead husband. stie will conduct a public seance and for that purpose will beg. borrow or rent somebody's mountain top, so aa to be near the heavens. Without entering the controversy over spiritualism. and offering only respect for the religious belief of any and all. one can be pardoned for suggesting that Mrs. Houdini's stunt smacks much of the tower of Babel. Maybe Mrs. Houdini's got something to sell and is drumming up a crowd as we note the announcement of the seance comes through her business manager. Her mountain top seance will bring her as close to heaven. where »he fondly assumes Harry is, as did the build-iing construction program recorded ! in the Bible which ended in the I confusion of tongues.

The Billboard May 9, 1936

FEUD BEATING wires from Loa Angales anent an item which appeared tn these columns in the iasue of April 4; "Just noticed clipping announcing 1 was returlng to magic. Grateful for friendly ping, but unfortunately if* causing me much embarrassment and confusion among bookers, inasmuch as fully six years ago I definitely gave up magfo for comedy, even in vaudeville and cafes. Nothing oould ever lnduoe me to take It up again professionally, alttao it will always be close to "my heart. I implore you to correct the error as conveniently as possible." Keating. who has been on the Coast In vaudeville and films, opens May « In the Rainbow Boom in Radio City, New York, on a four weeks' contract. He has an Interesting radio proposition and Mveral vaudeville dates to follow, after which he will return tr Hollywood to fulfill a picture contract.

Hev/ York Times May 9, 1936

. . . Lsas, unfortunately, Mb be said for the new show which went into the Rainbow Room this week. Fred Keating, who gave up his incomparable sl«lght~of~hand some time ago for a dubious oareer as an actor, aooompllshss little more than a dull thud as master of oaremoales, probably because he tries to do too much.with too little material.

Mr. Decker to pay his wife $5 a week additional alimony toward the support of the Deckers seventeen-year-old daughter.

Mrs. Decker told the court that her husband earned $190 a weck^ Decker uld he doubted whether his income from seances reached that figure a month. He said he was in debt and couldn't pay his wife the $15 extra alimony she asked. The woman already gets some alln^ony from a trust fund established for the purpose some time ago.

"Why don't you call on the spirits?" Referee Cobalan asked Mr. Decker. "You're lucky you are not in jail. When you have two wives you have to pay for it, you know."

The referee was referring to Mrs. Decker's assertion that her husband deserted her five years ago and remarried. He got a Mexican divorce, which was not binding, she asserted.

"Why didn't you have him indicted for bigamy?" Referee Cohalan asked the woman's attorney.

"He was indicted in New Jersey, but a jury dismissed the charge," the attorney replied.

A fantastic place, Jersey," Heici ** Cohalan observed.

News-Tribune April 28, 193d

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