By Harry Houdini
Harry Houdini (1874-1926), whose actual identify was once Erik Weisz, used to be probably the most well-known magicians and escapologists of all time. He used to be hugely sceptical of the numerous claims made pertaining to psychic and paranormal phenomena, which have been very hot within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. He attended 1000s of séances for the needs of his examine, and not skilled one he believed real. during this ebook, released in 1924, he defined the mediums and psychics whom he printed as fraudulent, exposing the methods which had confident many amazing scientists and teachers. those incorporated spirit writing, desk rapping, spirit manifestations, and levitation. between these he published as frauds was once the recognized medium Mina Crandon, and his exposures ended in a public cut up along with his former pal Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, an organization believer. The e-book is an engaging account of superstition and gullibility.
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