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James Randi, illusionist, on:
Houdini’s affair

James Randi When the definitive biography of Houdini came out, by my good friend Ken, I was rather blown away to find out that Houdini had an affair. And particularly with Jack [London] 's wife. I don't think he came up against Jack London lightly. But I was surprised at it, because essentially Houdini gave the public image of being a Puritan. And I think he was. Certainly with his family, he was very Puritanical. But for him to have an affair going on like that, surprised me to no end. And I thought I knew Houdini pretty well.

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