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By Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini (1874-1926), whose genuine identify used to be Erik Weisz, was once some of the most recognized magicians and escapologists of all time. He was once hugely sceptical of the various 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 séances for the needs of his learn, and not skilled one he believed real. during this e-book, released in 1924, he defined the mediums and psychics whom he printed as fraudulent, exposing the tips which had confident many impressive scientists and lecturers. 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 resulted in a public break up along with his former buddy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a company believer. The e-book is an engaging account of superstition and gullibility.

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She made her first appearance in New York City at the National Theatre in 1860. She was married a number of times. Her first marriage was to J ahn C. " She was the first woman to do the Mazeppa in tights, playing the r61e both in America and Europe. While in London she became the literary and professional star of the hour and her hotel was the meeting place for such men as Charles Dickens, Swinburne, Alexander Dumas, Cbarles Reade, Watts Phillips, John Oxenford, The Duke of Hamilton and many others.

Mter only a few months' stay in England Home went to Italy, ostensibly for his health, and for the next four years he lived on the Continent, travelling from place to place, living in luxury, being almost continually enter.. * See Appendix F.

T At one of their seances a man tied the brothers so tightly that it was necessary for them to make a desperate struggle to effect a release. The next night the man tried a more difficult test, simply laying the ropes all over their bodies, but the Davenports worked so slowly, deftly, and with such inexhaustible patience that they saved their reputation. " This was also explained to me by Ira. A committee of three was called upon one of whom was a woman and for that reason the least suspected although in reality a confederate.

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