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Arthur Conan Doyle, SPIRITUALISM and Harry Houdini

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« on: May 18, 2007, 06:50:50 am »

THE RIDDLE OF HOUDINI                                                                              continued

I admit that I underrated the corruption in the States.

What first brought it home to me was that my friend Mrs. Crandon told me
that she had received price lists from some firm which manufactures fraud-
lent instruments for performing tricks.

If such a firm can make a living, there must be some villainy about and a
more judicious Houdini might well find a useful field of activity.  It is these
hyenas who retard our progress.  I have myself had a hand in exposing more
than one of them.

There was a particular Hall in Boston which Houdini used for his tirades against
the spirits.

Some weeks after his campaign a curious and disagreeable phenomenon broke
out there.  Showers of gravel or of small pebbles fell continually among the au-
ience, and several people suffered minor injuries.  A police watch was kept up
for some time, and eventually it was shown that a staid employee, whose record
was an excellent one, was in the habit, without rhyme or reason, of stealing up
to the gallery and throwing these missiles down into the stalls.

When tried for the offense, he could only say that a senseless but overpower-
ing impulse caused him to do it. 

Many psychic students would be prepared to consider that the incident would
bear the interpretation of a poltergeist on the one side, and an obsession on the

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