|Harry and Bess Houdini pictured during the first year of their marriage.|
Although we may think of him as a solo act, for almost the entirety of his career, the great illusionist was assisted by his wife, Bess (Wilhelmena Beatrice Rahner), a Brooklyn girl of German descent.
|Harry Houdini, 1899|
They were married within weeks of their initial meeting. The tiny and nimble Bess (at five feet tall) remained his performing partner until his death on October 31, 1926.
For ten years after her husband's Halloween passing, Bess held a seance at his grave. After that time she gave up, remarking, "Ten years is long enough to wait for any man."
She passed away in 1943 while on a train from L.A. to New York.
Top photo from Library of Congress/Right photo from AP