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By Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini (1874-1926), whose genuine identify used to be Erik Weisz, used to be essentially the most recognized magicians and escapologists of all time. He was once hugely sceptical of the numerous claims made pertaining to psychic and paranormal phenomena, that have been highly regarded within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. He attended 1000s of séances for the needs of his research, and not skilled one he believed actual. during this e-book, released in 1924, he defined the mediums and psychics whom he printed as fraudulent, exposing the methods which had confident many extraordinary scientists and teachers. those integrated spirit writing, desk rapping, spirit manifestations, and levitation. between these he published as frauds used to be the recognized medium Mina Crandon, and his exposures ended in a public cut up together with his former pal Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, an organization believer. The ebook is an engaging account of superstition and gullibility.

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As to the delusion of sound. Sound waves are deflected just as light waves are reflected by the intervention of a proper medium and under certain conditions 26 A MAGICIAN AMONG THE SPIRITS Ira Davenport positively disclaimed Spiritualistic power in his talk with me, saying repeatedly that he and his brother never claimed to be mediums or pretended their work to be Spiritualistic. He admitted, however, that his parents died believing that the boys had superhuman power. In this connection he told me of a family by the name of Kidder in which the boys faked Spiritualistic mediumship.

He is living at present in Melbourne, Australia, having settled there with his family in 1877, shortly after the death of my brother, which occurred luly 1, 1877. He is not at all contented, notwithstanding his pleasant surroundings and ample fortune; after a man has become a regular 'Globe Trotter,' I don't think it possible for him to settle down and lead a quiet monotonous life. . I wish here to say that our first tour through Europe consumed four years, leaving this country, August 26, 1864, returning September 29, 1868.

Frequently overcome by drink, forced on by privation and misery, death came to her, on March 8, 1895, less than seven years after she had stood in a crowded theatre and deliberately shown the method of making the raps which had brought her fame for four decades. " Fortunately for the general puhlic Spiritualism received a severe jolt in the confession of Margaret Fox Kane; there was an end to the Fox "swindle" and an untold amount of hlood-money and grief saved to poor misguided souls so easily fooled by a simple physical trick.

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