Since the dawn of humankind, we have wondered if there is more to life than just the material, flesh and bone and 5 physical senses. My interest in Life After Death and all things mysterious and paranormal has spanned pretty much my entire life. I recall over the years about Houdini's interest in proving all mediums and the spiritualist movement in the 1920's was pure hogwash and could be explained through magicianship and trickery.
What I did not know is that he setup a special set of words that would spell out a code word that only he and his wife could ever possibly know, and if he ever had a chance to bring it back through mediumship from beyond the grave he would do so. This is an astounding account that I personally believe validates the survival of consciousness after physical death. It's truly a fascinating read I highly recommend it. Skeptics, debunkers and believers all welcome.
One of the most passionate exposers of mediums was Houdini, the magician. In the early twenties he threw the entire weight of his reputation as a magician behind his declaration that all mediums were fakes, and that he could duplicate any trick a medium could do.
Although he later played a significant part in providing me (Arthur Ford) with status as a medium, I never met Houdini. He died in 1926 and at that time I was much too inconspicuous to attract his attention. The influence of Houdini upon the whole Spiritualist Movement cannot be understood without some comprehension of the distinction which was Houdini's.
http://www.survivalafterdeath.info/arti ... oudini.htm