Harry Houdini conducts an epic battle against the spiritualists whose practices he found to be false and misleading. As the 20th century progresses and modernity overtakes industrial age antiquity, Houdini must come to terms with his new place in a fast-changing world.
Did You Know?
When Houdini dismisses Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's credulousness by saying he "once authenticated a doctored photograph of fairies in a garden," he refers to the Cottingley Fairies. Two English girls faked a series of fairy photos in 1917 which Doyle wrote about in 1920 as evidence of metaphysical phenomena. See more
In London, when Houdini makes the elephant vanish, he violates a cardinal rule of magical performance: never announce ahead of time what you intend to do (it tips the audience what to watch for. keeping quiet adds suspense to the effect, and it helps you cover yourself if something goes wrong.) See more
References The Eternal Sappho