Ah! I caved and purchased Polly Guo’s Houdini & Holmes! I love it and I’m so glad it was still available (the print versions sold out years ago, shame!)

This has got to be my favourite page. Sir Arthur’s face makes me laugh and the ‘thumb trick’ incident (that pretty much everyone knows how to do nowadays), really happened.

‘Houdini must have been astonished when Conan Doyle wrote to him claiming to have photographs of fairies.

“I have something (far more) precious: two photos, one of a goblin, the other of four fairies in a Yorkshire wood. A fake! You will say. No, sir, I think not… the fairies are about eight inches high. In one there is a single goblin dancing. In the other four beautiful, luminous creatures. Yes, it is a revelation.”

Conan Doyle also began to believe Houdini possessed magical powers.

Once Houdini showed him the child’s trick of apparently removing the first joint of the thumb.

Conan Doyle’s reaction was remarkable. He wrote: “Just a line to say how much we enjoyed our short visit yesterday.

“I think what interested me most was the ‘trick’ you showed us in the cab. You certainly have the most wonderful powers, whether inborn or acquired.” (The Sunday Express, Sept 2011)

If you want to read the whole thing, you can find it for digital download here!

The funny thing about Arthur Conan Doyle and him (famously) falling for that stuff with the two little girls and their obvious hoax cardboard cut-out fairies. Sherlock Holmes would have seen through that shit in a minute.  Of course he would have.

When you write a fictional character that’s actually smarter than yourself. 

Houdini & Doyle Premieres May 2 on FOX!
The new mystery adventure drama series HOUDINI & DOYLE, starring Michael Weston (“House,” “Six Feet Under”), Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) and Rebecca Liddiard (“Man Seeking Woman”), will premiere on Monday, May 2 (9/8c).

Houdini & Doyle, a fictionalized story based on the real friendship between magician Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle, premieres tonight in the US.

The series features production design by Arwel Wyn Jones, of BBC Sherlock fame.

If anyone wants to live chat with others watchalong-style as this series airs, The Giant Chat of Sumatra is at your disposal.