By Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini (1874-1926), whose genuine identify was once Erik Weisz, used to be some of the most recognized magicians and escapologists of all time. He used to be hugely sceptical of the various claims made bearing on psychic and paranormal phenomena, that have been highly regarded within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. He attended enormous quantities of seances for the needs of his research, and not skilled one he believed actual. during this publication, released in 1924, he defined the mediums and psychics whom he published as fraudulent, exposing the tips which had confident many amazing scientists and teachers.

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Is not a dark chamber essential in the process of photography? And what would we reply to him who would say, 'I believe photography to be a humbug-do it all in the light, and we will believe otherwise'? It is true that we know why darkness is necessary to the production of the sun-pictures; and if scientific men will subject these phenomena to analysis, we shall find out why darkness is essential to such manifestations. " Richard Francis Burton, eminent English traveller, writer, and translator of The Arabian Nights, wrote to Dr.

The * I have been warned while writing this book to be careful regarding my statement of the confession of Margaret Fox. I am also fully aware of the fact that Dr. Funk writes in his book, "The Wiuow's Mite": "Margaret Fox, not long before her death, confessed that she and her sister had duped the public. This unfortunate woman had sunk so low that for five dollars she would have denied her own mother and sworn to anything. " Mr. W. S. Davis, himself a practicing medium, who knew Margaret Fox Kane personally, wrote me: "One would think that Margaret Fox got drunk, and in that condition, was induced to confess that she was a fraud, but when she became sober she renounced her confession.

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. W. n es('ape-artist, 8 rope specialist who invented & number of rope tricks that are still well worth presenting.

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