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By Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini (1874-1926), whose actual identify was once Erik Weisz, was once 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 extremely popular within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. He attended hundreds and hundreds of seances for the needs of his learn, and not skilled one he believed real. during this publication, released in 1924, he defined the mediums and psychics whom he published as fraudulent, exposing the methods which had confident many extraordinary scientists and teachers.

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As a Prestidigitator of repute and a sincere Spiritualist, I affirm that the mediumistic facts demonstrated by the two Brothers were ahsolutely true, and helong to the Spiritualistic order of things in every respect. . Messrs. Henri Rohin and Rohert Houdin, when attempting to imitate these said feats, never presented to the puhlic anything heyond an infantine and almost grotesque parody of the said phenomena, and it would he an ignorant and ohstinate person who could regard the question seriously as set forth hy these gentlemen.

14 A MAGICIAN AMONG THE SPIRITS Many who had believed in Spiritualism wrote most pathetically. One of these writing from San Francisco says: "I have been a believer in the phenomena from its first inception through you and your sister, believing it to be true since that time. t "Hundreds of thousands have believed through you and you alone. Hundreds of thousands eagerly ask you whether all the glorious light that they fancied you had given them, was but the false flicker of a common dipcandle of fraud.

The closet was improved upon by placing a big box in the center of the stage and there gradually developed the cabinet t as we know it to-day. During that eventful visit Ira emphatically denied many of the absurd tales and popular beliefs concerning the Brothers, among them being the "flour test," the "snuff "' Nor did he hesitate to tell me that he sometimes used as many as ten confederates at a seance for protection. " The original cabinet of the Davenports, made of bird's-eye maple, was pawned for thirty pounds in Cuba many years ago and is still tLere.

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