In short - he was no Houdini https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini#Debunking_spirit...
>"It is time which will prove our cause," he wrote. "Time will also prove to those who have misrepresented us that they are playing with fire. They are not judging the Unseen. The Unseen is judging them."
> “One thing that keeps me buoyant about this, because otherwise, I’d be depressed,” he said. “I know I’m gonna win this one. I have the ability to push this over the finish line. I know I do. The truth will prevail.”
I guess they didn’t want to use ‘however improbable’ in connection to god?
“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
> In a 1985 interview on Yorkshire Television's Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers, Elsie said that she and Frances were too embarrassed to admit the truth after fooling Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes: "Two village kids and a brilliant man like Conan Doyle – well, we could only keep quiet." In the same interview Frances said: "I never even thought of it as being a fraud – it was just Elsie and I having a bit of fun and I can't understand to this day why they were taken in – they wanted to be taken in."
I appreciate the appearance of that oft-omitted qualifier, 'according to current theories'. Also, this reminds me of one of those ideas that came in a package with giant robots...
"In the words of Schwarzwald, who is closest to the truth: Imagination and memory are but one thing, which for diverse considerations hath diverse names."
If they made a movie that just reenacted Tibbles and Wynter's illusions and other ingenious acts from the period, it'd be even more fantastical and thrilling than those in The Prestige and The Illusionist.
"Wynter’s veil had concealed not only her face but a wireless radio."
Isn't that pretty advanced for 1919? A wireless radio that fed her information through an earpiece?
There has always been a very lucrativ market for an engineer+magician that could provide hidden communication devices at the fringe of technology.
One of the best and oldest device I found used a telegraph (!) hidden in a turban and shoes with copper sole on a copper threaded carpet.
Radio was invented in the second half of the 19th century, so pretty mature by then. I guess a sufficiently miniaturized earpiece does sound impressive for the time, but it seems likely the radio itself would be too bulky and was likely hidden somewhere in her clothes.
Easier in the times before the fcc let's put it this way
Then 302s a https request to http? It wasn't browser cache as I tried in a private session too