Spooky. Covering Houdini, Charles Fort and GhostHunting - all related back to Software Testing.

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We are in the Uncertainty Business.

We find and investigate anomalous Phenomena

Anomalous - “deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.”

We are part of a long tradition of Anomalous Phenomena seekers.

Charles Fort

You can find the books of Charles Fort online at Mr X’s Resologist.net

http://www.resologist.net/

Quotes from Charles Fort’s “The Book of The Damned”

“A PROCESSION of the damned. By the damned, I mean the excluded. We shall have a procession of data that Science has excluded.”


“Our especial interest is in modern science as a manifestation of this one ideal or purpose or process: That it has falsely excluded, because there are no positive standards to judge by: that it has excluded things that, by its own pseudostandards, have as much right to come in as have the chosen.”


“The data of the damned. I have gone into the outer darkness of scientific and philosophical transactions and proceedings, ultra-respectable, but covered with the dust of disregard. I have descended into journalism. I have come back with the quasi-souls of lost data. They will march. “

“I think that things raised from this earth’s surface to that region have been held there until shaken down by storms– The Super-Sargasso Sea. “

Ghost Hunting

http://www.assap.ac.uk/

The Ghost-Busters Century 1900 illustration was used with permission from the artist

https://drfaustusau.deviantart.com/

A fantastic artist who has created Dr Seuss style versions of Cthulhu, Doom, HP Lovecraft

Checkout their Twitter feed

https://twitter.com/DrFaustusAU

And their Deviant Art profile - https://drfaustusau.deviantart.com/

Houdini

  • Houdini - houdini seance, conan doyle,
  • skills to learn from:
    • practice
    • brother used to tie him up so he could escape
    • ice cold baths, holding his breath
    • communication - Houdini dropped his new york speech patterns and learned to communicate in a manner befitting an international showman
    • “Don’t allow yourself to go stale on your act.” from The Right Way to do wrong
    • physically fit, trained himself to have more dexterity with his toes

Sequence in The Master Mystery where he is tied up, hanging from a wall, knocks out his captor, takes off his shoes and socks, picks the pocket of hist unconcsious guard which his feet, picks up a set of keys with his feet, uses his toes to unlock a door, then walks up the door while hanging to give himself leverage to untie the rope holding him with his teeth. This is all pre- jackie chan stuff.

https://youtu.be/7m6f5hU4GRo?t=6m28s

Later expose of spiritualists “A Magician among the spirits”

https://archive.org/details/AMagicianAmongTheSpiritsByHarryHoudini

  • Houdini Seance

    • every halloween for 10 years after his Death, Houdini’s wife Beth held a seance
    • audio of the last Houdini seance you can find online on Archive.org
    • this was then continued by Walter B. Gibson - professional author and magician, author of magic books and pulp novels - particularly known for writing The Shadow
  • Houdini Museum continues the tradition today and if you go off to, you can join in the seance

http://houdini.org/seance-harry-houdini-attractions-pocono-poconos-scranton.html

Books Shown or Mentioned