We all know Harry Houdini. The Hungarian who immigrated to the US in the late 1800s to become the famous magician and escape artist in the early 1900s. By using his skill as an illusionist he would put his life in dangerous situations to astound us by doing the impossible. From escaping prison cells, various containers filled with water or from a straight jacket suspended high about the streets of New York City there was nothing he could not get out of.
Houdini died at the age of 52 on Halloween 1926. There has been an annual séance held on Halloween in hopes to contact the Master Illusionist. This is very ironic as in Houdini’s later years he spent a lot of time and effort to debunk paranormal frauds. Houdini would attend psychic and séance events dressed in disguise exposing crooks taking advantage of desperate people who yearned to connect with loved ones who have died. These debunking incidents were collected and later published in a book called A Magician Among the Spirits.
Houdini thought it was important to help innocent people from being preyed upon by blatant liars and servants of deception. He tried to set the example that we should not be afraid of those that deceive us but to emphatically expose the liars and frauds for who they are. We must always shine light on the darkness of life and always help each other.