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Cover of Sphinx (March 1911)
BornClementine De Vere
December 20, 1883
Brussels, Belgium
DiedMarch 31, 1973 (age 89)

Ionia (1883 - 1973), daughter of magicians Charles De Vere and Okita, began performing in 1910 as "Ionia, the Goddess of Mystery" and "The Enchantress".


She married an American circus performer named Herman Wirtheim when she was only 15, but divorced him in 1917.

It was rumored that while touring in Russia during it's Revolution in 1917 she had to hide out for three months and lost all her stuff. However, based on current information it appears that Ionia was not even in Moscow at the time of the Revolution.

She married Prince Vladimir Eristavi-Tchitcherine in 1919 in Paris but divorced him too in 1928. She kept the title of "Princess" and lived in Paris the rest of her life. She was buried in Paris beside her mother and father.[1]