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Visual Effects & Magic

Here’s a nice story

The context is Houdini’s battle against spiritualism. Fake mediums were producing photos of spirits. Houdini debunked them. You can find various spirit photos online

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His pal and Spiritualist Arthur Conan Doyle decided to pull a prank on Houdini and magicians. Here’s the story:

http://silentmoviemonsters.tripod.com/TheLostWorld/LWDOYLETRICK.html

You’ll also find it in other Houdini biographies and elsewhere on the web. And here’s the movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2uuPKkL-kI

Looks like it is a film of several notable firsts:
http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-lost-world-1925/

The animator was Willis O’Brien, the man who went on to astonish the world with King Kong.