The New Houdinys were Dagmar and Oskar Enzfelden of Vienna. The married couple's act had a twist in that it was Miss Houdiny (the Genii article uses "Miss") who performed the escapes while her husband assisted. Their fast-paced 12 minute act consisted of an escape from wooden stocks, chains, a safe escape, and a suspended straitjacket. "Speed. Sex. Sensation," is how Larsen would later describe it. I like how Miss Houdinys ankles are crossed in the suspension. Very lady-like.
|"Miss Houdiny" in action
Larsen was eager to have The New Houdinys perform at the 1976 It's Magic, but I'm not sure whether that happened. The couple seem to have performed primarily in England and Europe. In later years the act was renamed The Original Houdinys.
Dagmar and Oskar had the honor of having their poster hang in the halls of The Magic Castle for many years. They were still going strong in 1989, but beyond that date, I don't know how long the "Houdinys" continued to amaze. Maybe they are still out there today?
Thanks to Bill Goodwin and the William W. Larsen, Sr. Memorial Library at The Magic Castle for providing me this back issue.