Some 80 years after his death, Harry Houdini is back in the public spotlight with the publication of The Secret Life of Houdini by William Kalush and Larry Sloman, which has caused many people, including the magician's great-nephew, to reconsider rumors that Houdini may have been poisoned by Spiritualists, a group who claimed to speak to the dead through séances. Houdini went to great lengths to debunk their practices, often exposing their tricks on the stage.
Forensic pathologists announced recently that they will exhume Houdini's body to determine once and for all what happened to the escape artist. . The Smithsonian photo essay (click on link below) sheds light on the escape artist's life