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« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2007, 08:54:06 pm »

Houdini was shocked and traveled to Boston to witness a séance for himself. What happened next remains shrouded in mystery -- although it is clear that Crandon did not trust Houdini and the magician himself had stated that he was determined to expose the medium as a fraud. During the sessions, Houdini claimed to have seen Margery performing a number of tricks like making noises with her feet and lifting objects which were said to have moved on their own. In spite of this, he did not expose her publicly and asked that more stringent tests be performed. It was rumored that Margery had somehow outwitted Houdini -- and rumors also flew that perhaps her powers were genuine after all.

The following month, Houdini placed the medium in a wooden box with a hole in the top for her head and holes on each side so that her hands could be held during her entire séance. According to reports from the session, Margery’s spirit control, Walter, took such a dislike to Houdini that the top of the box was allegedly ripped off by an invisible force.

The séance continued the next evening and Margery was placed back in the box. Shortly after she went into her trance and her spirit guide came through, the committee asked that she ring the bell which had been placed in the box with her. Immediately, Walter (the spirit guide) exclaimed that Houdini had done something to the bell so that it would not ring. An examination of the bell revealed that a piece of rubber had been wedged against the clapper so that it would not ring! However, there was no proof that Houdini has tampered with it.

A short time later, Walter also said that Houdini had placed a ruler inside of the box so that he could later accuse Margery of cheating. The ruler too was found and later, Houdini’s assistant would say that he had been instructed to place it there in case Houdini could not find another way to prove she was a fraud. It certainly appeared that Houdini had been caught cheating and he was widely discredited for it, leading many to doubt the integrity of some of his earlier investigations. In this case, the committee scheduled further tests of Mrs. Crandon but they were later cancelled. The decision on Margery’s abilities was split and because of this, the money was never awarded. Houdini further outraged the Crandon's and their supporters when he published a small book called Houdini Exposes the Tricks Used by the Boston Medium Margery. He was as adamant about the fact that Margery was doing nothing more than offering clever tricks as her supporters were that what she was doing was genuine.

In 1925, J. Malcolm Bird published a book which supported Crandon and as research officer of the American Society for Psychical Research, he was able to sway many other ASPR members to her side. They became her greatest supporters and devoted hundreds of pages in the ASPR journal to her séances.

It was during this period that Margery began to develop a highly unusual manifestation that made her even more widely known in Spiritualist circles. On the table in front of her during a séance would be placed two dishes, one containing hot water and the other cold. In the first dish was a piece of dental wax. When the wax was softened, it was claimed that Walter (spirit guide again) would make an impression of his thumb on it -- then the thumbprint was put into cold water to harden. While it could not be proved that the prints were actually those of Margery's dead brother, it was proven that they did not belong to anyone present at the séance.

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« Reply #31 on: March 04, 2007, 08:55:46 pm »

 

Thumbprints allegedly left by "Walter" turned out to be a match for Margery's dentist.
 

Believers were enthralled by this new manifestation. It was almost as if the spirit was leaving a calling card, even better. This, along with the whole question of Margery's mediumship, caused a major upheaval in Spiritualist circles. Unfortunately though, the suspicion of fraud never left her and many became disillusioned when thumbprints supposedly impressed in wax by Crandon’s ghostly brother Walter, were shown to be exact matches for the thumbprints of Crandon’s dentist, Dr. Kerwin. Police experts testified that there could be no mistake in this. The ruse was discovered when E.E. Dudley, a former officer of the ASPR, began collecting thumbprints from every individual ever known to have attended one of Margery's séances. Thanks to this, "Walter" was demoted to the status of a disembodied voice only.

Many researchers today believe that some elements of the paranormal were present in Crandon’s séances, but just what was genuine and what was not remain unknown. Crandon and her husband were known for baiting investigators and trying to fool them if possible. The ASPR sustained the greatest amount of damage in the case, as the Crandon’s never seemed to care who believed them and who did not. Just what secrets did Mina Crandon hold? We’ll never know, because she took them to her grave in November of 1941.

(C) Copyright 2003 by Troy Taylor. All Rights Reserved.

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« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2007, 06:36:50 am »



What wonderful additions, Morrison.  Thank so much!!!

Love and Peace,
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« Reply #33 on: March 05, 2007, 10:33:28 pm »

Yeah, great work. This is much better than the Houdini thread started at the other place.
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« Reply #34 on: March 11, 2007, 10:57:27 pm »




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« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2007, 03:13:18 pm »

Thanks, Bianca, and you can see that our interest in Harry is timely as well.  It seems he will be exhumed and we will finally find out the cause of his death.
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« Reply #36 on: April 12, 2007, 08:49:46 am »




Have there been any results published, yet, on the autopsy?
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« Reply #37 on: July 11, 2007, 01:22:54 pm »

THIS LETTER WAS SENT TO THE HOUDINI MUSEUM IN SCRANTON BY THE HOUDINI FAMILY ON HIS WIFE'S SIDE. COPYRIGHT HOUDINI MUSEUM 2007
FAMILY STATEMENT
Re: Houdini Exhumation
Regarding the proposed plan to exhume the body of Harry Houdini, relatives of Beatrice (Bess) Houdini are totally against it.
Based on information made available to us over the years, we feel there is no need to exhume his body. It is our firm belief that Bess Houdini would never approve of this. The family believes this is likely being done to promote sales of a recent book on Harry Houdini suggesting he may have been murdered.
The Houdini family wants to honor the name of Houdini and not use it for sensationalism that does not honor him.
Several members of Bess Houdini's family are members of the Society of American Magicians (SAM) and have tried to promote him through the art of magic that Houdini loved. Bess's relatives were honored guests at the US Post Office
official stamp issuance held at the Society of American Magician convention held in New York City on July 3, 2002. Marie Hinson Blood (Houdini’§Ås niece) and David Copperfield were two of the honored speakers. Our family presence at this event was represented by 14 family members. We do not know why relatives of Hardeen (Houdini's brother) did not participate in this event honoring Houdini.
The Houdini family established a youth magic scholarship fund through SAM when Marie Hinson Blood passed away in November 2004. This was to honor Houdini, the uncle she loved so much. Marie spent the last 20 years of her life
speaking at magic conventions, schools and community events of her childhood memories of living with her aunt and uncle, the famous Houdini's. In 2000 we established Houdini Family’ DBA to preserve the memories of Houdini and promote the art of magic.
Jeffrey Blood,
Grand Nephew of Houdini
Houdini Family

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« Reply #38 on: July 11, 2007, 01:37:54 pm »








                               




Oh, Sandra, thank you so much!

Just this morning I was thinking what had happened to the announced exhumation.  I am so

glad that the family refused to grant the 'go ahead'.  It seems to me that a thorough in-

vestigation would have been done at the time of Houdini's death, even if today's methods are

so much more advanced.

Even if it is my personal conviction that the spirit leaves the body at death, disturbing remains is

quite distasteful to me.  It is a matter of honouring the departed.  Unless, of course, there is a

sound reason for doing so.

Thank you again, Sandra!

Love and Peace,
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« Reply #39 on: July 11, 2007, 09:57:44 pm »

Bianca,

You're welcome.  I won't deny that part of me is a little disappointed that we probably won't find out for sure what killed him. On the other hand, sensational claims have been made in books about other historical figures, who then had their bodies exhumed, only to prove that nothing unusual happened to them.

I think that it is time that Harry be allowed to rest in peace.  He must be happy, wherever he is, else he would have come back.
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« Reply #40 on: July 12, 2007, 01:32:14 am »

This type of question can be resolved through the use of remote viewing.
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« Reply #41 on: October 31, 2007, 04:59:59 pm »





HELLO, ALL HOUDINI FANS!!!


Today is the day the "Great One" crossed over the Veil.

Tonight THE Veil will be at the thinnest that it is during the rest of the year.

Naturally the "Houdini Club" will meet, as every year, in Niagara Falls and hold the usual
seance......

Maybe tonight will be the right time.....


HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYBODY!!!

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« Reply #42 on: November 01, 2007, 08:21:53 pm »

Well, I guess he didn't show......



But I found this:

                                              

Official Harry Houdini Seance on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31 At Henry Ford Museum's Anderson Center Theater
 


          Seance Marks the 75th Anniversary of Escapologist's Death





    DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- This year marks the 75th
anniversary of the death of magician Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween 1926
at Detroit's Grace Hospital from complications of a ruptured appendix.  This
Halloween at 8 p.m., the Official Houdini Seance will take place at Henry Ford
Museum.

    "Ever since Houdini's death, seances have been held to attempt to contact
him," said seance organizer Sid Radner.  "Our seance carries on this
tradition.  If it were possible to return, Houdini believed he could find a
way."

    The setting for the seance will be the Anderson Center Theater inside
Henry Ford Museum.  Attendees will see a documentary on Houdini and then the
"circle" will form and the seance will begin.  Attendees are in for a rare
experience, as the annual seance is rarely opened to the public.

    An impressive group of Houdini experts will assemble in an "inner circle"
to provide knowledge, support and energy in the attempt of contacting this
famous magician.  The inner circle includes Radner, a protege of Houdini's
brother, Hardeen; Marie Blood, Houdini's niece; Jim Auer, president of the
Houdini Club of Wisconsin; Dr. Morris Young, Houdini author and expert; and
representatives of the American Museum of Magic and the Houdini Historical
Center.

    The Reverend Ray Fraser, a spirit medium will conduct the actual seance
assisted by his daughter Wendy Fraser-Bailey.

    "If Houdini were able to make contact, this is the group who would know,"
says Radner.

    In addition to their collective knowledge, the group will bring mementos
and items Houdini used during his lifetime.  Among these, Radner will present
the "seance handcuffs" which are particularly significant.

    "Houdini told his brother that if he were ever able to return in a
material way, he would open these cuffs.  The pair is unique in the world and
has a mechanism that is extremely complicated.  If (the cuffs open), I'd be
convinced of his presence," said Radner.

    The program is sponsored by radio station Q95-5 -- Detroit's Hit Music
Leader.  Tickets are $9.55 and are available at the door.  Proceeds from the
ticket sales will go to the Clear Channel Relief Fund benefiting the families
of firefighters and police officers of New York City.




 SOURCE Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village


http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-24-2001/0001600279&EDATE=
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