• Film, Video
    Magical Momentos
    • Contributor: Dimunation, Mark
  • Film, Video
    [Houdini and Mrs. Benninghofen, Chicago] Mrs. Benninghofen was a reformed spirit medium who had used a trumpet in her work. In these photographs she is seen demonstrating techniques of psychic deception to Houdini. The skill of spirit mediums was fully appreciated by Houdini who included the following statement in "A magician among the spirits": "The author does not wish his readers to suppose that the mechanical sleight-of-hand tricks carried ...
    • Date: 1926
  • Film, Video
    [Houdini makes spirit hands] In this sequence of photographs Houdini demonstrated how spirit hands that appeared at seances were made by less ethereal beings. In "A magician among the spirits" Houdini described the mediumistic fraud known as "finger-printing a spirit." A mold of a dead person's hand would be carefully prepared and, during a seance with the believed relatives, fingerprints of the deceased would appear on a lampblacked ...
    • Date: 1923
  • Film, Video
    [Newsclips from various newsreels. Catalog Record Only Copyright: reg unknown. Edge code dates given in M/B/RS nitrate data base (NTS) as 1923 and 1924. The burial of Maj. General Biddle took place on Saturday, 3/24/23 per Marine Corps Historical Center; cannot determine number of International news for this newsclip; David S. Rose retired from public life in 1910 and then ran for mayor for the last time in 1924 per Biographical ...
    • Date: 1923
  • Film, Video
    Death defying acts / Catalog Record Only Mary McGarvie is a beautiful con artist who, with the help of her young daughter, fools audiences into believing she is psychic. The legendary magician Harry Houdini comes to town with a skeptic's challenge. He is going to give $10,000 to anyone who can correctly 'channel' his mother's dying words. Mary accepts the challenge. Houdini enters into a passionate affair with the charming clairvoyant ...
    • Date: 2008