Famous Los Angeles Site
The Knickerbocker Hotel
1714 North Ivar Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
Famed magician Harry Houdini had always been interested in the occult, so he and his wife made a deal that if he died
before she did, he would try to contact her after his death. So, on Halloween of 1927, (the first anniversary of his death)
Houdini's wife, Bess, conducted a seance on the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel. When Houdini failed to put in a ghostly
appearance, she continued holding annual seances at the hotel for over a decade, without success.
Ring 21 charter member, Arnold Furst was a participant in the seances.
The Knickerbocker Hotel was built was in 1925 and throughout the tumultuous decade of the 1920's, it played a key role at
the heart of Hollywood. It first opened as a luxury apartment building and became a hotel later on in its history. One of
the attractions of the place was the Renaissance Revival bar, which played host to the cream of the Hollywood crop. One frequent
guest was Rudolph Valentino, the silent screen star, who reportedly loved to dance the tango to the live music performed in
the saloon. The hotel would serve many guests, and be home to many scandals, over the years.
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