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[quote] On 2012-04-25 21:00, houdinisghost wrote: I can't for the life of me figure out where Norman Bigelow is coming from. Can you? Houdini & The Bible Copyright by Norman Bigelow April 20122 The Dream Weaver Series A while back I released papers called Houdini Challenges Christianity and it was met with some stiff resistance suggesting I was just making things up. Actually I believe Houdini’s own statements show this. He said all supernatural was fraud. So that covers any and all religions that are based on supernatural powers. He also showed a lack of respect for The Holy Bible and in the 20s that could have been deadly. It could be deadly now Houdini told mediums that he would show them how to read the Bible because it did not mean anything they say it did. He said, “Their only hiding place is behind the Bible.” Houdini said that when Aaron turned his staff into a serpent it was a trick he learned from some Egyptian priest not a miracle. Houdini talked about an Apostle escaping from jail with the help of an angel. He said that he (Houdini) escaped from hundreds of jails with no help from anyone. In his movie “The Man From Beyond’ It states that all Masters from Moses to Christ taught reincarnation. That was not a movie for kids or many adults of that day. Those lines could only cause trouble by some in religion. When Gordon Whitehead asked Houdini about Biblical miracles Houdini was more interested in what the people of that day would think of his own wonders. It would be great and perhaps revealing to have the exact word for word exchange between Whitehead and Houdini. Houdini used Bible experts to argue publicly the Bible with spiritualist. There we have a blank spot of information. Here is a Jewish magician in the twenties showing what many would consider disrespect for the Holy book You tell me when Houdini says he escaped from hundreds of jails without anyone’s help mocking an apostle what that is if not disrespect? Did he make any points with Bible literalist when he said Aaron’s staff to snake was a trick not a miracle? What kind of movie plot in the 20s says Christ taught reincarnation? That was certainly not a little kid’s serial. Think of his reply to Whitehead in the dressing room. Houdini was more interested in what people of the day would have thought about his own wonders than the miracles recorded in the Bible. The discussions of spiritualism included the Bible and Houdini said, “Their only hiding place was behind the Bible.” Houdini made more enemies than just spiritualist. His seemingly contempt for religion today would be normal but in his time it was blaspheme to many. This is just some of what we do know. A man who speaks like he did had plenty more to say and some of it may still exist today. I don’t agree with everything Houdini said but his voice (His real voice deserves to be heard) not muted by people who thought they knew best. I have said it for years and I will say it again, Houdini’s enemy list trail leads right up to the front door of main stream religion. I am ending my Houdini/Margery lecture with this, “People make a mistake when they look at Houdini’s history as going away from us into the past because it is coming to us in the present. Norman Bigelow [/quote]
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