A Magician Among the Spirits by Houdini by Harry Houdini

By Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini (1874-1926), whose genuine identify was once Erik Weisz, was once the most recognized magicians and escapologists of all time. He used to be hugely sceptical of the numerous claims made touching on psychic and paranormal phenomena, which have been very hot within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. He attended 1000s of seances for the needs of his examine, and not skilled one he believed real. during this booklet, released in 1924, he defined the mediums and psychics whom he printed as fraudulent, exposing the tips which had confident many outstanding scientists and teachers.

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FACSIMILE Ot' PORTIONS OF A LETTER WRITTEN TO HOUDINI BY IRA E. DAVENPORT A MAGICIAN AMONG THE SPIRITS 29 "Well, yes, regarding Liverpool, I have very vivid recollections, and after forty-four years they are far from being 'scenes of mystified events,' they were results of peculiar combinations, of unfortunate circumstances, professional jealousy, religious prejudice, anti-American feeling, with a few other disturbing elements thrown in, including 'fenianism,' * which was engaging the public attention at that time, all worked up to a white heat culminating in one of the most spectacular displays of 'English Fair Play' that was ever presented to an appreciative English public.

The rope generally used was similar to the Silver Lake sash cord. 22 A MAGICIAN AMONG THE SPIRITS Mter the demonstrations were completed the brothers slipped their hands back into the loops from which they had drawn them, placed their feet in the original positions and were ready to be examined. When the cabinet was opened the ropes appeared as taut as when put on by the committee. In order to disprove the frequently made claim that the Davenports left their benches to produce certain manifestations they asked investigating committees to place sheets of paper under their feet and mark around them with pencil or crayon thus making it seemingly impossible to move a foot without detection.

Kane's "confession" was published in the Sunday edition of the New York World on October 21, 1888. Arrangements had been made for her to give a public demonstration and exposition of the so-called "marvellous" Spiritualistic "phenomena" that same evening at the Academy of Music in New York. Meanwhile, in order to foil the "attempts" of certain mediums to "kidnap her" she was being closely guarded at her hotel where during the day she was interviewed by newspaper men. " The * I have been warned while writing this book to be careful regarding my statement of the confession of Margaret Fox.

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