It Could Be Amazing

I like stories about ordinary people who've done something out of the ordinary. My favourite year in history is 1912.

Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) on holiday with his family and Harry Houdini (centre) in 1922 in Atlantic City.
 The two became good friends after Houdini met Doyle while doing a performance tour in Europe. While the magician did not believe in Spiritualism, he had a strong interest in the subject and said many times that he did desperately want to believe, as he truly wished to speak to his beloved deceased mother. During the holiday in 1922, Doyle’s wife, lady Jean offered to perform a séance for Houdini, Lady Jean entered a trance during the séance and her hand started moving, scribbling words across paper:
 "Oh my darling, thank God, thank God, at last I’m through. I’ve tried, oh so often — now I am happy…" After the séance, Houdini wrote a small note on the bottom of the paper, saying, “Message written by Lady Doyle claiming the spirit of my dear Mother had control of her hand — my sainted mother could not write English and spoke broken English.”
 Houdini said he believed the Doyle’s did not deceive him intentionally, but were victims to their own gullibility. After this, the men’s friendship did not last much longer.

Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) on holiday with his family and Harry Houdini (centre) in 1922 in Atlantic City.


The two became good friends after Houdini met Doyle while doing a performance tour in Europe. While the magician did not believe in Spiritualism, he had a strong interest in the subject and said many times that he did desperately want to believe, as he truly wished to speak to his beloved deceased mother.

During the holiday in 1922, Doyle’s wife, lady Jean offered to perform a séance for Houdini, Lady Jean entered a trance during the séance and her hand started moving, scribbling words across paper:

 "Oh my darling, thank God, thank God, at last I’m through. I’ve tried, oh so often — now I am happy…"

After the séance, Houdini wrote a small note on the bottom of the paper, saying, “Message written by Lady Doyle claiming the spirit of my dear Mother had control of her hand — my sainted mother could not write English and spoke broken English.”


Houdini said he believed the Doyle’s did not deceive him intentionally, but were victims to their own gullibility.

After this, the men’s friendship did not last much longer.

(Source: neatorama.com)

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