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A magician among the spirits.

Author: Harry Houdini
Publisher: New York, Arno Press, 1972 [©1924]
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The whole country got excited by Houdini's campaign against faking spiritualists. He careened through the country, offering money for spirit contacts he couldn't duplicate by admitted magical chicanery. It was a heyday not only for Houdini but for the spirit-callers and there was an equally famous protagonist who thought the spirits could indeed be contacted, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A photo at the front records a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Controversial literature
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Houdini, Harry, 1874-1926.
Magician among the spirits.
New York, Arno Press, 1972 [©1924]
(OCoLC)728063983
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Houdini
ISBN: 0405028016 9780405028014
OCLC Number: 314138
Description: xix, 294 pages illustrations 24 cm
Other Titles: Houdini : a magician among the spirits

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The whole country got excited by Houdini's campaign against faking spiritualists. He careened through the country, offering money for spirit contacts he couldn't duplicate by admitted magical chicanery. It was a heyday not only for Houdini but for the spirit-callers and there was an equally famous protagonist who thought the spirits could indeed be contacted, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A photo at the front records a meeting between Houdini and Doyle and Houdini gives Doyle his own chapter. There's an earlier chapter on Daniel Dunglas Home, the English engineer of spectacular paranormal effects. Houdini raises hell with spiritualists who were giving their (usually paying) clients a vision of heavens to come, and shares the methods used to practice "fake" and sensational spiritualism. Houdini was nothing if not unrelenting. As a taste of things to come, he ends his introduction with the words: "Up to the present time everything that I have investigated has been the result of deluded brains."

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