Escape from Afterlife: A History of the Harry Houdini Halloween Séance

This Halloween, magicians, spiritualists, and fans will attempt to contact Harry Houdini from beyond the grave, a ninety-year-old tradition born out of a widow’s promise to her dead husband at a time when spiritualism enjoyed rampant popularity and even scientific support.

Houdini, aside from being the most famous magician and escape artist in United States history, also crusaded against false mystics and seers who fleeced mourners desperate to contact dead loved ones. However, Houdini’s skepticism also carried with it a deep desire that one day someone would prove him wrong.

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