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Houdini making hand molds.
Houdini making hand molds that "fingerprint a spirit"

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Houdini Exposes Fraud
The next kind of fraud that Houdini worked to expose was a little more complicated. At that time, people held séances (spiritual meetings to communicate with the dead) where spiritual hands of dead people would appear and leave fingerprints. This kind of fraud was known as "fingerprinting a spirit." What happened was the person committing the fraud would make a mold of a dead person's hand. Then, during a séance with the dead person's relatives, fingerprints from the hand would mysteriously appear. Why do you think it was important to Houdini to expose this kind of behavior?
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