Friday, April 14, 2017

Houdini and Doyle among 'Stories To Tell' at the Ransom Center

The story of Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is part of the current Stories To Tell exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin. Among the items on display is this spirit photograph of Houdini with Jim Collins and friends (right).

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, fiction’s most rational protagonist, was an ardent proponent of spiritualism, the belief that departed spirits communicate with the living through a medium. Harry Houdini, the world’s most convincing illusionist, was not. Learn about the story of how Houdini confronted Doyle and sought to debunk spiritualism in our current Stories to Tell exhibition. On view through July 16.

For more information visit The Harry Ransom Center website, Facebook and Twitter. Next year the Center will have a special exhibition devoted to Vaudeville that will showcase more items from their extensive Houdini collection.

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