By Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini (1874-1926), whose genuine identify was once Erik Weisz, used to be probably the most well-known magicians and escapologists of all time. He used to be hugely sceptical of the numerous claims made pertaining to psychic and paranormal phenomena, which have been highly regarded 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 e-book, released in 1924, he defined the mediums and psychics whom he published as fraudulent, exposing the methods which had confident many awesome scientists and teachers.

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In a letter which Ira wrote from Maysville, dated January 19, 1909, which I received while in Europe, he says: "You must not fail to do me the honor of a visit when you return to America, although two years is quite a long time, and in the mean time, please let me hear from you whenever the 'Spirit' moves. " * "MyoId-time travelling companion, William M. Fay, "This refers to our contemplated tour of the world. When I first became acquainted with Ira Davenport in 1909 I found that he was very anxious to reenter the entertainment field and we set about planning a tour of the world together.

He was the forerunner of the mediums whose forte is fleecing hy presuming upon the credulity of the suhject. A new and fertile field was opened and from that time to the present day there have heen numerous cases-of mediums falling into the clutches of the law as a direct result of using his methods, hut Home had characteristics which went far in many cases to keep him out of trouble. Outwardly a lovable character with a magnetic personality and a great fondness for children; suave, captivating to the last degree, a good dresser fond of displaying jewelry; an appearance of illĀ· health which aroused sympathy and with an assumption of piety and devotion to established forms of religious worship, he made his way easily and found favor with many who would have spurn~d him under other condiĀ· tjons and this too, strange as it may seem, in spite of persistent rlNmors of immorality in his private life.

He did not report if any were believers, but it is inferred from his writing that none were. As in other cases, the utmost precaution was taken to render conditions most acceptable to the investigators, nevertheless, the usual manifestations took place and Mr. Boucicault wrote lengthy reports as to details, and as a conclusion to his report he wrote: "At the termination of the seance a general conversation took place on the subject of what we had heard and witnessed. Lord Bury suggested that the general opinion seemed to be that we should assure the Brothers Davenport and Mr.

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