Far from being a portrait of the bitter enemies that has come down through history (some even implicate Margery in Houdini's death), this photo shows them to be VERY friendly indeed. I mean, look at this! He's holding her hand and turning on that old Houdini charm. He wasn't even this amorous with his on-screen leading ladies. Other photos taken during this session show a grimly serious Houdini, but certainly not here.
Of course, maybe Houdini is just lulling her into a false sense of security before he brings the hammer down on her bogus act. Or maybe the Margery story is more complex than we know? Interestingly, the famous photo of Margery at her front door, which was used in her own publicity, was taken by Houdini.
A new book about Houdini and Margery by David Jaher called The Witch of Lime Street is due to be published in 2012. Maybe this book will shed new light on this increasingly curious relationship.
And now, here's another Margery treat for you.