Sunday 30th October, 2011
12:00pm to 1:30pm
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!
Writer, journalist and... Investigator of mysteries - Scrittore, giornalista, Segretario nazionale del CICAP bio from Twitter
Professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Oregon, co-founder of CSICOP
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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