Seeing as tomorrow marks the 137th anniversary of Harry Houdini’s birth I would like to take a minute or two to honour this master illusionist, escape artist and debunker of spiritual chicanery.
To read more about Harry and his life, check out these two great posts that I wrote last year on the topic.
Spirits, levitation and Sherlock Holmes
Harry Houdini: The Mythbuster of his age
Happy Birthday Harry, the world of magic and illusion wouldn’t be the same without you.
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In my last post Spirits, Levitation and Sherlock Holmes I described Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as one of the leading figures of the spiritualism movement. I also referenced Harry Houdini but only in passing as one of the great entertainers of that era.
Houdini Handcuff King and Prison Breaker
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You wouldn’t know it now but back in the heyday of the 1920’s Winnipeg, the Chicago of the North, was a hotbed of spiritual investigation.
Ectoplasam at a Hamilton seance – Note the image of Doyle suspended in the ectoplasm 2 years after his death. (Photo – June 27,1932)
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