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In 1926, Houdini Spent 4 Days Shaming Congress for Being in Thrall to Fortune-Tellers

Harry Houdini with Senator Capper on 26 February 1926, during hearings on the fortune telling bill, with mediums seated in the background. Capper was among the senators implicated as a client of astrologer Madame Maria. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-DIG-npcc-27498) Harry Houdini, testifying before a subcommittee of the United States Congress in 1926, brandished a sealed telegram and demanded that someone in the audience tell him the contents of the message inside.
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