I just came from The Skirball Museum and enjoyed both exhibits. Wonderful to see these performers from the past, so well presented for the public. A class act.
(The questionable drawing was in an area mostly ignored by the group I was with...it's small, 9x12 inches, and completely unneeded)
I noticed in room not part of the main exhibits, a few window cards on the wall, one of "Hardeen-Brother of Houdini" with "Princess Yvonne-Psychic Wonder"
This was for "The Houdini Show", that Yvonne's husband, Doc Irving managed.
Doc Irving, aka Irving Papkin, was from a Russian Jewish family of furriers. He married a Gentile woman, Mary Norris, (who became Princess Yvonne)but kept a Kosher kitchen at home.
They had a daughter who Doc quickly billed, "Baby Yvonne-World's Youngest Mental Marvel".
Walter B. Gibson said only Houdini had a greater instinct for promotion than Doc Irving....proven by the comfortable home and life he made for his family.
Like his friend Harry Usher, he made a LOT of money pitching astrology and dream books at the end of their mental act.
A long time presence in Atlantic City, he made money thru the years, while others faded away.
I believe the Jewish Magicians exhibit to be as good as the Houdini exhibit. Both worth seeing!