Sunday, October 23, 2016

This Is What Real Presidents Look Like!


Of course, I'm speaking of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States and Harry Houdini, President of the Society of American Magicians from 1917 to 1927 though he died in 1926 during his last term. I believe Houdini was the longest serving President of the S.A.M. as well.

The photo was created by Houdini as an example of Spirit Photography. He wanted to show how easily such a process was faked. There are numerous versions of this photo, and I found a very interesting one that is stored at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. You can see the photo and a handwritten letter of Houdini's here: http://alplm.tumblr.com/post/40018587432/houdini 

That is as 'political' as I will get. Sorry, I don't discuss politics as a rule.


1 comment:

  1. Wow! Thank you Dean for this link. I didn't know that HH had done more than just this well known photo. That 1924 letter by HH seems to be to a descendent of Lincoln.

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