Soon it will be Halloween and what a better way to enjoy it by reading "Houdini's Own Story" on his crusade in debunking fake spiritualistic's. This Popular Science Monthly was published on November 1925, Volume 107, Number 5, and features Houdini's story titled “How I Unmask the Spirit Fakers”. His story is found on 8 pages with 14 columns. What a great story as Houdini gives his first hand report along with photos of his adventures with spiritualistic fakers revealing their secrets and tricks, and explaining how he exposed them as they prayed on the weak while charging them big fees.
The monthly has 176 pages packed with numerous inventions and scientific breakthroughs for 1925. In addition to Houdini's story you'll find tons of great vintage ads.
Born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary with the birth name, Ehrich Weisz, Houdini came to America around 1876. Sometime in 1883 he and his brother began to pursue an interest in magic. His stage name became Harry Houdini after the famous French magician Robert Houdin and over the next 43 years he became the worlds most famous magician and escape artist. Houdini loved his mom so much that after she passed away he reached out to spiritualists to try to contact his mother through a number of seances. However, Houdini found that the mediums he used turned out to be frauds just out to line their pockets with his money. For the rest of his life he put all his efforts in telling the public and revealing the fakes and frauds. On numerous visits to seances he would go in disguise and jump up and remove his disguise and reveal how the spiritualist lied and bilked the poor person out of their money. He later chronicled his time investigating the occult in his book titled, “A Magician Among The Spirits”. He offered $10,000 to anyone who could prove he was wrong.
After Houdini passed away on October 24th, 1926, his wife Bess would hold a seance to try to speak to her husband every October 31st. Then in 1936 Bess held her final seance over the radio which was broadcast all over the world. The very end of the seance was quite frightening and maybe Harry Houdini was trying to tell his wife something.
**Condition of the Magazine: The front and back covers are in fair condition, somewhat clean and bright. The inside pages are in good condition, somewhat clean and bright. *Covers: There are tears and chipping along the edges, there is tape holding the front and back covers together, small pieces are missing from the corners, and the covers are not attached to the inside pages. *Inside Pages: There are some light stains along the outer edges, and there are tiny pieces missing from the bottom right corners of the first 22 inside pages. Most of the inside pages are in nice condition. The pages that have Houdini’s story on are in very good condition.
I wish the covers were in better condition, but owning this magazine with Houdini's story on fake spirits will be magical if you collect Harry Houdini memorabilia. Then you might want to go on the hunt for the December 1925 issue of Popular Science Monthly which carries the second part of Houdini's search for fake spiritualists.
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