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Beatrice and Harry Houdini, full-length portrait, seated, facing front, 1899.
Harry Houdini and the beautiful Beatrice in 1899

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Harry Houdini Gets Married
June 22, 1894

You may have heard about the legendary magician Harry Houdini, but do you know the story of Harry Houdini and the beautiful Beatrice? It was magic at its best when Harry Houdini met Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner. Harry was an unknown magician and Beatrice was singing and dancing as one of the Floral Sisters in West Brighton Beach, New York. Harry and Beatrice fell in love, and on June 22, 1894, the couple started a new act as husband and wife.

When the Houdinis married, Beatrice left the Floral Sisters and became her husband's stage assistant. With Beatrice at his side, Houdini advertised he had "escaped out of more handcuffs, manacles, and leg shackles than any other human being living." Four years later, Houdini the magician made a surprising change in his act. Do you know what it was?

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