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Kogel continued to do magic shows for guests -- often levitating naked women or sawing them in half -- but his sleight-of-hand was not what it once was.
"He tried to make a rabbit disappear one time, but he couldn't do it anymore," Hilda Kraemer said. In his will, he named his longtime companion, Keala Dourrieu, the executor of the Gottlieb Kogel Trust, giving her managerial control of Indian Hills.
In doing so, they face a more symbolic challenge: saving nudism in Louisiana.
Shortly after Dourrieu's death, she banned smoking in the Indian Room, a clubhouse that acts as the park's social hub.
The decision outraged a number of residents, who boycotted the room in protest.
"It divided the park," said a former resident, who did not want his name used in connection with Indian Hills.
"Indian Hills has never operated in the black," Kraemer said. And right now, we're not." Indian Hills was founded in 1971 by a lifelong nudist named Gottlieb Kogel.
Raised in Central City, he performed for 40 years as "Kogel the Magician" and bought the land with money he earned through local real estate investments, according to those who knew him.