This has become a passion and a time-suck all in one.
We started by reading The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox. That lead to Talking to the Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism , another take on the Fox Sisters.
We went back to read Houdini’s A Magician Among the Spirits and finally understood some of the passion we previously misinterpreted to be a strident, arrogant tone.
Read in context with the Spiritualism movement, Houdni’s A Magician Among the Spirits is the perfect, logical balance to the incredible claims of spiritualists.
All of this led to our reading Maggie Fox’s The Death Blow to Spiritualism.
While she later recanted her recantation, it is a sombering experience to hear the side of the woman (along with her younger sister, Katie, and older sister, Leah) started Spiritualism and all that it produced.
Now, we find ourselves with an irrational crush on Maggie Fox and an even greater sense of awe of Harry Houdini.
More about this investigation later but for now, check out the downloadable PDF of A Magician Among the Spirits, by Houdini.
The text is in the public domain and we have spent hours and days setting up links and cross-references throughout the book.
We make no claim to any ownership on any of it — even the coding we did. Feel free to use it, distribute it, study it, and enjoy.
You can also download the Inside Magic version of The Death Blow to Spiritualism by Margaret Fox Kane.
Please let us know what you think of the new library.