Houdini Séance plus a discussion of Magic in Skepticism

A session at CSICON

Sunday 30th October, 2011

12:00pm to 1:30pm (CST)

As nemesis to phoney spiritualist mediums, magician and escape artist Harry Houdini (1874–1926) has understandably been a no-show at séances in which mediums have attempted to contact his spirit. These have traditionally been held on Halloween, the day of his death. Since 1996, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry has taken a different tack: having a pro-Houdini host, Joe Nickell, conduct a séance that is, at the same time, a tribute to the great paranormal investigator’s spirit. This year in “haunted” New Orleans, Nickell brings together fellow Houdini admirers—James Randi, Ray Hyman, Massimo Polidoro, and D.J. Grothe (magicians all)—for a conference finale: the dimly lit séance doubles as a round-table forum in which each person gives his take on Houdini. When the lights come up, the participants answer questions—expected to be numerous if the great magician actually appears!

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Massimo Polidoro

Writer, journalist and... Investigator of mysteries - Scrittore, giornalista, Segretario nazionale del CICAP bio from Twitter

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Ray Hyman

Professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Oregon, co-founder of CSICOP

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Joe Nickell, Ph.D.

Official Twitter acct of Joe Nickell, Ph.D. Former magician, private eye, uni teacher; author & world's only full-time professional paranormal investigator. bio from Twitter

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Time 12:00pm1:30pm CST

Date Sun 30th October 2011

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Books by speaker

  • Secrets of the Psychics
  • Final Seance
  • The UFO Invasion

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