Bess Houdini and her husband's "shrine"
v 1 I m' p I 1 :40f) i H i ' J Ben Houdini stands beside her husband's "shrine" a few days before her last attempt to reach him la the spirit world la October 1931. Harry Hoadlnl had asked that bis wife attempt to reach him for 10 years after his death; if she had no communication from him she would make no further attempts. The handcuffs at the lower right side of the shrine had been closed since his death. "If these should snap open during the seance," she said, "then' I shall know Harry's spirit has been near." The caffs sever opened. Houdini died of peritonitis on Oct. 81, 1921.