Evidence that you were born yesterday, John.
To stir up excitement for his American opening, Harry devised a novel press stunt. The New York papers said that Houdini would compete with his pupil, Jacques Boudini (some spelled it Bondini) in an under ocean escape contest. Each was wagering five hundred dollars on the outcome.
At three P.M. on September 20,1905, a small group of men assembled at Battery Park in downtown Manhattan. On the one hand there was Houdini, attended by his brother Hardeen. In the other corner was someone named "Jacques Boudini," allegedly Houdini's "pupil," a pale, nervous-looking young man whom Houdini had "discovered" doing a handcuff escape act in Brooklyn. He had his "manager" with him, Patrick J. Monahan.
$500, John? On the level?
Boudini was Houdini's "pupil." Now the only question is: who was he really?