My Secret Power – By Houdini

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My Secret Power – By Houdini

My Secret Power – By Houdini I have read Mr. Gow’s article about myself, and am naturally interested in his point of view, having made a study both of conjuring and what is known as spiritualism. He tells me he knows very little about conjuring in itself, and he is consequently unwilling to attribute any wonders he sees to spiritualistic powers merely because he cannot understand them in any other way, in which he is quite wise. Now I think I may claim, without boasting, to know pretty well all the...

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MODERN MAGICIANS – SELBIT October 1900

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MODERN MAGICIANS – SELBIT October 1900

It is with great pleasure that we avail ourselves of this opportunity of introducing to members of the magical fraternity and public generally, Selbit. The gentleman whose portrait appears below. Although but 21 years of age, he has made a study of magic in all its branches, and has for several years, been before the public as an entertainer of no ordinary merit, as is evidenced by the many flattering press notices and testimonials of which he is the possessor. We have had the pleasure of witnessing at close...

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Jasper Maskelyne, I Want To Be Converted To Spiritualism

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Jasper Maskelyne, I Want To Be Converted To Spiritualism

I want to be converted to spiritualism. The big “But” that stops me. By Jasper Maskelyne, the world-famous magician. I believe in God, but my faith does not enter into spiritualism – as yet. The fact is that spiritualism has not come my way. But I am not out to fight the spiritualists. I am out for the truth, and am honestly open to conviction. More, if the spirit world exists, I want to be convinced of it. Three generations of my family have now invited the spiritualists to come and substantiate their claims in...

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Me by Houdini

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Me by Houdini

Do I know FRAGMENTS? Course I do.  Sure I’m a reg’lar fellah. But I’m not “English” No, nor Scandinavian either. I’m just an honest-to-goodness American, born way up in Appleton, Wisconsin of rich but honest parents. “Perhaps it is because I’ve worked here for such a long time that lots of folks take me for English. Anyhow, I don’t mind, for I feel just as much at home here as over home. “I was always the queer sheep of our family. Always dreaming. Always thinking. My mother never understood me. Neither did...

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Houdini, The Mystery Man

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Houdini, The Mystery Man

Houdini- The Mystery-Man By David Gow Editor of “Light” “Some people say, Mr Houdini,” I remarked, “that some of your feats are so impossible of explanation along ordinary lines that you are really a medium and are assisted by spirits.” The great magician, with whom I was spending an hour by his invitation, smiled at my remark, particularly when I added that even in his escape from the tank of water, which I have witnessed before I came, I could see no evidence of anything but a remarkably clever feat of...

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Maskelyne and Cooke – House Of Mysteries

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Maskelyne and Cooke – House Of Mysteries

House Of Mysteries Jubilee Of London’s Oldest Entertainment Conjuring Tricks Which Puzzled The World. News of the World Special –  April 1st 1923 Fifty years ago today two young men from Cheltenham, John Nevil Maskelyne and George Cooke, presented for the first time to a West-end audience an entertainment they have been giving for several years in the province and at the Crystal Palace with Considerable success. The scene of the venture was the now vanished St James’s Hall in Piccadilly, and the...

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