David Jaher is author of The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World.
Here he describes an episode in American history in which Scientific American magazine held a contest that pitted the great escape artist, Harry Houdini, against the provocative Spiritualist medium and Boston socialite, Margery Crandon. These two individuals were among the most famous in the western world during the 1920s. A number of psychical researchers were involved in the investigation of Mrs. Crandon’s mediumship. This case, in part, inspired J. B. Rhine to develop scientific parapsychology in a new direction.
(Recorded on March 19, 2019)
Published on March 22, 2019