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Houdini writes about the famous mediums in his time. Names like Palladino and Ann O'Delia Diss Debar should ring a bell. He also elaborates on his exchanges with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who was a firm believer in spirits and paranormal phenomena.
1st edition, 1924, Harper & Row, New York; reprint 1972, Arno Press, New York; 296 pages.
word count: 94976 which is equivalent to 379 standard pages of text
- I. The Founders of Modern Spiritualism
- II. The Davenport Brothers
- III. Daniel Dunglas Home
- IV. Palladino
- V. Ann O'Delia Diss Debar
- VI. Dr. Slade and His Spirit Slates
- VII. Slate Writing and Other Methods
- VIII. Spirit Photography
- IX. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- X. Why Ectoplasm?
- XI. By-Products of Spiritualism
- XII. Investigations - Wise and Otherwise
- XIII. How Mediums Obtain Information
- XIV. What You Must Believe to Be a Spiritualist
- XV. Magicians as Detectors of Fraud
- XVI. Conclusion