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Final séance : the strange friendship between Houdini and Conan Doyle

Author: Massimo Polidoro
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Details the five-year friendship during which "Houdini and Conan Doyle exchanged views about Spiritualism; conducted investigations of notable mediums of their day, such as Mina 'Margery' Crandon; and even enjoyed vacationing together at Atlantic City."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Polidoro, Massimo.
Final séance.
Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, ©2001
(DLC) 00051830
(OCoLC)45308770
Named Person: Harry Houdini; Arthur Conan Doyle; Arthur Conan Doyle; Arthur Conan Doyle; Harry Houdini; Arthur Conan Doyle; Harry Houdini
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Massimo Polidoro
OCLC Number: 988915023
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (264 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Houidini and Conan Doyle: Two Amazing Personalities 13 --
Intrepid American 13 --
Knight of the Spirits 18 --
Conan Doyle Describes Houdini 21 --
Houdini Describes Conan Doyle 22 --
"Houdini and Doyle: I Knew Them Well" 23 --
Both Right and Both Wrong? 25 --
2. A Mutual Interest 27 --
Davenports 27 --
Discussions in Spiritualism 31 --
Visiting Mediums 37 --
Eva C. Investigation 39 --
Goligher Circle 45 --
Fairy Photographs 48 --
Discussing Famous Mediums 50 --
Houdini Returns Home 53 --
Conan Doyle in Australia 54 --
Sir Arthur Shows Common Sense 56 --
Miracle Mongers and Their Methods 57 --
3. Friends in America 61 --
A Tumultuous Welcome 62 --
Spirit Photography 63 --
Case of the Crewe Circle 64 --
"Telepathy" According to the Zancigs 67 --
Doyles Visit Houdini 70 --
Spirit Molds 71 --
Ada Besinnet 74 --
An Impossible Demonstration 76 --
Society of American Magicians' Banquet 78 --
4. Rift 83 --
Fun in Atlantic City 83 --
Fateful Seance 87 --
A Surprise Good-bye 93 --
A Small Controversy 95 --
Writing to a Friend 98 --
Sparring with a Friend in Private 100 --
5. Scientific American Committee 105 --
Malcolm Bird and Sir Arthur 108 --
Conan Doyle Starts His Second Tour 111 --
Houdini and Conan Doyle in Denver 112 --
"Doyle Defies Houdini" 114 --
On the History of Spiritualism 115 --
Alexander Martin's Spirit Photographs 118 --
Valiantine Accepts the Challenge 119 --
Friendship Is Strained 121 --
Mediums and Trust 123 --
Fraudulent Mediums for the Scientific American 126 --
Nino Pecoraro: The Energetic Italian 127 --
Conan Doyle Comments 128 --
6. Margery the Medium 133 --
Life at Lime Street 133 --
Mina the Medium 134 --
Scientific American Investigates 135 --
Wizard and the Witch 138 --
Second Seance 141 --
Houdini's Wrong Step 143 --
Ruler Incident 145 --
Last Seance 148 --
Different Opinions 149 --
Margery's Suspicious-Looking Ectoplasm 154 --
Symphony Hall Expose 156 --
Last Quarrel 157 --
A New Award and a New Committee 159 --
7. A Magician Among the Spirits 163 --
Houdini's Lecture Tour 163 --
A Magician Among the Spirits 165 --
Conan Doyle's Books on Spiritualism 169 --
Argamasilla: The Man with the X-ray Eyes 171 --
Houdini's Psychic "Miracles" 172 --
Anna Eva Fay: The Mentalist Who Baffled Crookes! 175 --
Anti-Spiritualist Crusade 177 --
Medium Hunting 179 --
"Sherlock Houdini" 181 --
Margery: The Second Harvard Investigation 183 --
Crusade in Chicago 185 --
Houdini in Washington 188 --
Reese Unmasked 190 --
Buried Fakir 191 --
Houdini's Last Miracle: Submerged Under Water 192 --
Margery Fails Again 198 --
J.B. Rhine's Investigation 202 --
Tragedy! 203 --
Good-bye, Houdini 205 --
8. Final Years 207 --
Bess and Sir Arthur's Correspondence 207 --
Conan Doyle's Later Spiritualistic Exploits 216 --
Pecoraro Tries Again 217 --
Arthur Ford's Message 218 --
"The Message Is a Hoax!" 221 --
Houdini's "Psychic Powers" ... According to Conan Doyle 223 --
Conan Doyle's Final Days 226 --
Margery Case: Houdini Vindicated 229 --
End of Margery 231 --
Final Seance 234.
Responsibility: Massimo Polidoro.

Abstract:

Details the five-year friendship during which "Houdini and Conan Doyle exchanged views about Spiritualism; conducted investigations of notable mediums of their day, such as Mina 'Margery' Crandon; and even enjoyed vacationing together at Atlantic City."--Jacket.

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