Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Lives of the Conjurers: Houdini and Spiritualism

Professor Solomon is back with the fourth volume in his Lives of the Conjurers series. This time the focus is on Houdini and Spiritualism. Here's the description:

Houdini’s crusade against fraudulent mediums brought him into conflict with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and the spokesman for Spiritualism. And it pitted him against a rogues-gallery of rascals. Among them were Pierre Keeler, who produced ghostly messages on slates; George Valiantine and his shenanigans in the dark; the escape artist Nino; and the Reverend Mrs. Josie K. Stewart, pastor of the Independent Church of Truth and a master of sleight-of-hand.

But his prime antagonist was Margery the Medium. “It is your wits against mine,” she told him. Was Margery a fraud? Did she despise Houdini—or admire him for his astuteness and manliness? And was Walter, her late brother, responsible for Houdini’s death

In this compelling history, the full truth about Spiritualism is at last revealed—by none other than Sherlock Holmes himself!

You can purchase Lives of the Conjurers, Houdini and Spiritualism at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK). Volume Three, which also highlights Houdini, is still available.



  1. John did you get a review copy ? Prioritizing my HH purchases can be hard :)

    1. I didn't and mine get delivered from Amazon today. But I went ahead and posted anyway. His Vol. 3 was nicely done.