The following posters, advertising Houdini's performances and various tricks, have been collected by magicians, friends, and fans of Houdini. Each colorful ad displays a different stage of his career, from the early days of performing in the circus to his spiritualism exposés.
In 1901, Houdini ran headlong into the formidable German police, and only narrowly averted a disaster. Accused of perpetrating fraud on the German public with his act, Houdini responded by suing his accusers. In the slander trial which followed, he staged one of the great escapes of his career.
Houdini was drawn into the great debate over Spiritualism. Houdini’s longest and most publicized confrontation with a spirit medium began in 1924, when he took on a woman named Mina Crandon, known publicly as "Margery."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is universally associated with Sherlock Holmes. People are surprised, then, to find out that the real Conan Doyle had a fervent belief in Spiritualism that dominated the final dozen years of his life.