055 Houdini Seances with Jacob Mayfield

Harry Houdini, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, in chains

Has Houdini Ever Been Contacted with a Séance?

Has Houdini ever been contacted with a séance?  Pat and Rebecca are celebrating October with a month of spooky episodes on seances and talking to the dead. Houdini seances have been an annual event on Halloween since his death in 1926. Special Guest Jacob Mayfield, mind reader, mentalist, and psychic entertainer from Chicago, will be recreating this spectacular event this year and he’s here to talk about the history of Harry Houdini and his séance. Pat and Rebecca then debate whether Houdini has ever appeared. What do you think?

Questions Explored in this Episode

Who is Harry Houdini? How did he become a magician? What happened to Houdini? What were his most famous tricks? Who is Bess? What made Houdini a skeptic? Why did he and Bess make a pack to contact each other in the afterlife? What is the Houdini séance? What are some of the most famous Houdini séances? Has a Houdini séance ever worked?

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History of Houdini and Houdini Seances

Pat and Rebecca interview Mentalist Jacob Mayfield about Harry Houdini’s history and the history of his seances.

The Debate

Rebecca and Pat debate several instances where people claim to have heard from Houdini as part of the seances.

Poll Results

Find out what listeners said for the Interview with a Medium episode – Are seances real? Still need to listen to our previous episode? Check it out here.

Ghostly Podcast Book Club
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Sources for this Week’s Episode

American Hauntings Ink: https://www.americanhauntingsink.com/houdini
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediumship
Detroit Free Press: https://www.freep.com/story/life/2016/11/01/harry-houdini-seance-magic/93103636/
ABC News: https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/WolfFiles/story?id=92253&page=1

Jacob Mayfield
Jacob Mayfield

Special Thanks to our guest Jacob Mayfield
Instagram: @MayfieldMagic
Facebook: fb.me/MayfieldMagic
Website: www.MayfieldMagic.com
Youtube Channel: bit.ly/MayfieldYouTube
Halloween Youtube Series: bit.ly/MayfieldHalloweenYT

Book Recommendations from Jacob Mayfield
Spirit Boards
• Ouija: The Most Dangerous Game by Stoker Hunt
• Spirit Boards for Beginners: This History & Mystery of Talking on the Other Side by Alexandra Chauran
Houdini/Magic History
• The Illustrated History of Magic by Milbourne Christopher
• Conjuring by James Randi
Random Books You or Your Listeners May Like:
• Halloween by Silver Ranvewolf (All about folk traditions around Halloween. Spooky, but approachable, and lots of DIY)
• Paranormality: Why We See What Isn’t There by Professor Richard Wiseman (Fun book that goes over science and paranormal investigation that is entertaining and informative in equal measure)
• Wonder Shows: Performing Science, Magic, and Religion in America (Great source of unique content that is on the fringe of what you do. Possible episode ideas or a fun book club)

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann