Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, was good friends with Harry Houdini, the famous escape artist and magician.

Sir Arthur believed that Houdini had true supernatural powers and didn't know it. Houdini kept insisting that it was just tricks -- sleight of hand, legerdemain, and prestidigitation. No matter how hard the magician tried to insist that it was all fake, Sir Arthur could not be moved.

One time they were in a car riding back from the theater to the hotel where they were staying. On the way, Houdini did a small magic effect for Sir Arthur and Lady Doyle.

For years afterwards, Sir Arthur claimed that this particular magic was so bizarre, so preternatural, so above and beyond what is physically possible that it proved Houdini had true supernatural powers. He wrote about it in his diary that night -- but did not indicate what it was that Houdini had done.

For many years, magicians wondered what it was that Houdini did that so adamantly convinced Sir Arthur that he had supernatural powers.

Finally within just the last few years, they found Harry Houdini's diary for the same night -- and lo and behold he described that very magic effect that had so impressed the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

So here is your challenge:

Who among you can tell me what it was that the famous magician did that so impressed the creator of Sherlock Holmes?

By: Sir Alan Andersen

So here is how Houdini was able to amaze and astounded Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and convince him that he had true supernatural powers.


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