- You're right, Bess. Men will kill for this knowledge. Your life will be in great danger. Perhaps it would be best if you... simply forget.
Appearing in "The Beginning..."
- The Shadow (flashback and main story)
- Harry Houdini (flashback: 1925)
- The Society of United Magicians
- Bess Houdini
- New York City
- Los Angeles, California
- The Knickerbocker Hotel
Synopsis for "The Beginning..."
1936: From beyond the grave, Houdini has contacted his wife, revealing the ultimate secret from his past; his association with a young Lamont Cranston.
An esoteric society of murderous magicians have kidnapped her and are hellbent on learning what her husband confided to her.
The Shadow infiltrates their sanctum, easily evading their twisted traps and rescuing the magician's widow.
- No special notes.
- Among the Los Angeles city-scape is a neon sign "Baldwin Pianos." Alec Baldwin portrayed The Shadow in The Shadow (1994 Movie).
- In the library of The Society of United Magicians is Walter B. Gibson's book House of Ghosts and a bound edition of "Malleus Maleficarum." A poster of Mandrake the Magician can also be seen. The Mummy's Hand is on display in a glass case.
- The Knickerbocker Hotel: Bess Houdini, continued to hold seances at the hotel in hopes of communicating with her late husband. The last "official" Houdini seance was held on Halloween night of 1936, the year this story takes place.
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