Houdini the Skeptic

Houdini attended many seances, and would always catch the medium performing some parlor trick, like the one pictured at left. Houdini dramatically pulls back the curtain from the seance cabinet to reveal the medium with a fake head on a stick (meant to appear to be a spirit) and a trumpet in the other hand.

In seances of the Twenties trumpets often floated around the room and made sounds. Musical instruments seemed to play while suspended in mid-air and the table would float up and down.


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