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Arthur Conan Doyle, SPIRITUALISM and Harry Houdini

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« Reply #30 on: May 24, 2007, 03:48:03 pm »

THE RIDDLE OF HOUDINI                                                                                 continued

Handcuffs might have been made of jelly, so easily did his limbs pass through
them.  He was heavily manacled at Scotland Yard, and placed behind a screen
from over which a shower of manacles began to fall, until he stepped out a free

These things he could do in an instant. 

When I was lecturing at the Carnegie Hall in New York, my wife and Houdini walked
down some side corridor after the lecture, in order to join me.  They came to a pad-
locked door and my wife was about to turn back.  To her amazement, her companion
put out his hand and picked off the locked padlock as one picks a plum from a tree.

Was that a trick, or are all these talks about sleight of hand what Houdini himself
would call "bunk" or "hokum"?

When Houdini was in Holland, he got the local basketmakers to weave a basket
round him. 

Out of his he emerged.

He was shut up later in a sealed paper bag and came out, leaving it intact.

A block of ice was frozen round his body and he burst his way out.

One who has attempted to bring his feats within the range of normal explanation
tells us that he did this by "depressing his periphery as a prelude to dynamic ex-
pansion " - whatever that may mean.

He was also buried six feet deep in California and emerged unhurt, though we are
not told by what dynamic expansion the feat was achieved.
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