The Great Houdini as an author

Coincidentally, the great magician, Harry Houdini, wrote a book that was published in 1924, the year that the mystery I am currently writing takes place. And it pertains directly to my topic: Spiritualism.

41WET3XBKHL._SX305_BO1,204,203,200_Houdini spent most of his adult like debunking Spiritualism, a quasi-religious movement that is based on communication with the dead through mediums. It is, of course, shot through with fakes, then and now. Houdini’s thirty-five-year mission was to “out” the fakes whenever he could. One of the ways he did this was by writing a book, A MAGICIAN AMONG THE SPIRITS.

To my delight, Houdini also describes many of the tricks that he discovered mediums using. I’ve incorporated some of those in my novel, which concerns a young woman who works as a shill for a Spiritualist medium. 

MV5BYTIxY2M2YjgtNjQzOS00ZTI3LWFhYTMtNDAxMDU1MjZkN2NlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTU3NTAwNDI@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_Again, coincidentally, there is a new series coming up this week on Fox about Houdini and his friend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; the title is “Houdini & Doyle.” They solve mysteries together in England–Houdini being the pragmatist and Doyle being the ardent believer in Spiritualism, which he was. (Poor man, he was totally duped; he also believed the faked photographs of fairies were real.) The premise is accurate–they really were friends but were in complete disagreement about the authenticity of mediums. I can’t wait to see it! 

(And be sure to note what the REAL Houdini and Doyle looked like . . . )

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  1. Love this. Sharing on my Facebook Author’s Page. Your blog is always fun! Thanks, Joe

    • You’re welcome!

      • The town I grew up held Harry as a local “Land Mark and Hero” of sorts. It was where he had his film shop and he is supposed to have worked on his larger scale illusions. We all knew about Harry’s interest in Spiritualism and Seance busting. And one of the big dares was to try and break in (the space was empty at the time) on Halloween night, stay until dawn and hold a seance. As far as I know – no one ever did. Or lived to tell about it – Bwahahahahaha! Big mysterious music. The link below tells some of the story.

        http://www.wildabouthoudini.com/2014/05/houdinis-film-lab-then-and-now.html


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