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Houdini and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln.
Houdini and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln

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Houdini Exposes Fraud
Houdini built his career on creating tricks and illusions--freeing himself from chains and making an elephant disappear. He was also interested in exposing fraud and showing how people could be tricked into believing something was real when it wasn't. He was especially critical of the production of "spirit photographs" in which the ghost of a well-known figure appeared to be present with someone. To demonstrate his point, Houdini had himself photographed with the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. Of course it wasn't really Lincoln--it was trick photography. What other kinds of things do you think he tried to expose?
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