Harry Houdini, the world’s most famous magician, came to Boston in 1924 to expose as a charlatan a popular medium named “Margery.” He succeeded, but in the process he got drawn into a public battle that involved allegations of fraud, infidelity, academic malpractice and the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Houdini was no stranger to Boston. In 1908, he jumped off the Harvard Bridge with his hands handcuffed behind his back and chained to a collar around his neck. Then in 1911 he escaped from the belly of a dead, 1,600-pound sea turtle on the stage of B.F. Keith’s theater.[…]

Harry Houdini Exposes Boston’s Witch of Lime Street — New England Historical Society