De­bunk­ing Margery the Medium

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In the wake of WWI many peo­ple be­gan search­ing for ways to con­tact the de­ceased. Sev­eral medi­ums ex­ploited their des­per­a­tion, and one of the most fa­mous was Mina Cran­don, known to fans as Margery. As part of the Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gat­ing spir­i­tu­al­ism,

Houdini at­tended one of Cran­don’s séances and pre­pared by ty­ing a ban­dage un­der his right knee. The con­stric­tion made his skin ten­der, en­abling him to feel when Cran­don, who was sit­ting next to him, shifted and flexed her feet to ring a bell and move a ta­ble in the dark, ex­pos­ing her as a fraud.

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