• Lost Houdini Spiritualism scrapbook discovered in California

    by  • July 18, 2013 • Fun • 2 Comments

    Houdini ScrapbookToday I’m thrilled to share news of a truly incredible find. A hitherto unknown Houdini scrapbook — which has possibly gone unseen for 83 years — was recently discovered by an antique dealer in Southern California.

    This amazing book, which Houdini compiled and labeled as “IMPORTANT SCRAP BOOK – MISCELLANEOUS CLIPPINGS,” is jam-packed with newspaper clippings about Spiritualism and Houdini’s own spirit busting activities. Many of the clippings have annotations in Houdini’s own hand. The majority of the material is from 1925 with a few clippings from early 1926.

    Of course, 1925 was the height of Houdini’s anti-spiritualism crusade, and it was also the year of his exposure of Margery the Medium. Therefore this scrapbook is filled with clippings chronicling Houdini’s most famous investigation. It also contains several clippings related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Read the full article and check out the amazing photos @ Wild About Harry.


    Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.


    2 Responses to Lost Houdini Spiritualism scrapbook discovered in California

    1. July 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you, Michael, for sharing this. It’s an exciting find!

    2. July 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Following up on this story, the scrapbook is coming up for auction on August 23rd 2014 in Chicago, as part of a Houdini-themed auction: http://www.potterauctions.com.

      Here’s a direct link to the description and photos of the scrapbook:


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