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LANGUAGE: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini were close friends, despite their disagreements over spiritualism. To the escape artist and master magician, spiritualism was a fake, but Doyle and his wife were convinced that the dead could communicate with the living.

One night, when Houdini was a guest at the writer's home, Mrs. Doyle suddenly stopped the conversation and indicated that someone was trying to contact her from the beyond. After some moments of concentration, she said to Houdini:"It's a message from your mother."

She filled a page with writing, then handed it to him. He read the words with disbelief.

"How could this be?" he asked. "This message is in flawless English. My mother scarcely spoke the language."

Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, had a ready explanation for that.

"She has been tutored on the other side," he said.