Harry Houdini’s Fight Against Spiritual Fraudsters

Houdini spent his latter years debunking spiritual fraudsters.

In 1913, Harry Houdini’s mother Cecilia Weiss died. She was his “angel on earth” and he was overwhelmed with grief. He spent hours at the cemetery lying on her grave, talking to the earth. He hoped there was life after death. If only there was a way to communicate with the dead.

Spiritualism peaked in the early-20th Century. This pseudo-religion postulated that departed souls…

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.