15 fascinating facts about Houdini
10. Intrigued by spiritualism, Houdini included clairvoyant elements in his act and became fascinated by the idea of communicating with the dead after his beloved mother died. But his interest turned into indignation at mediums preying on the public and he made it his mission to discredit them, including Lady Jean Doyle, wife of his friend and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In an article Houdini wrote, "In the twenty-five years of my investigation and the hundreds of séances which I have attended, I have never seen or heard anything that could convince me that there is a possibility of communications with the loved ones who have gone beyond."