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Author Houdini, Harry, 1874-1926.

Title A magician among the spirits / by Houdini.

Imprint [S.l.] : Fredonia Books, 2002.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  133.9 H813m 2002    ---  Available
Description xix, 294 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents Founders of modern spiritualism -- Davenport brothers -- Daniel Dunglas Home -- Palladino -- Ann O'Delia Diss Debar -- Dr. Slade and his spirit slates -- Slate writing and other methods -- Spirit photography -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- Why ectoplasm? -- By-products of spiritualism -- Investigations, wise and otherwise -- How mediums obtain information -- What you must believe to be a spiritualist -- Magicians as detectors of fraud -- Appendix: Statement of Margaret Fox; Irving's speech; Lord Adare's story; Luther R. Marsh and the Huylers; Police record of Ann O'Delia Diss Debar; Judge Edmonds; Doyle and the "Denver Express"; Exposure of Mrs. Stewart.
Summary 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." -Back cover.
Note "Reprinted from the 1972 ed."--T.p. verso.
Subject Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930 -- Friends and associates.
ISBN 1589638956

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