E. Raymond Carlyle and the Magic Castle’s Houdini Séance
One of the wonderful things about a blog is that we can provide current comments right away. After receiving a note from Greg Edmonds when issue No. 185 was first mailed out, we posted his comments on the opening article missing a notable name, E. Raymond Carlyle.
We have since received a note from the Magic Castle Séance originator, Edward R. Fowler, aka E. Raymond Carlyle.
The author of the article in question, “Turning Fifty”, Dustin Stinett, has made a comment today about this issue, originally posted on the Genii Forum, which we share with you here:
In my article in issue Number 185 (September, 2013) of MAGICOL, I mistakenly imply that Sandy Spillman was the first “medium” to work in the Houdini Séance Room at the Magic Castle.
This is an error of immense proportion considering that for more than a decade, E. Raymond Carlyle (Ed Fowler) held that position. The information was there for me to find during my research, I just plain missed it.
While I do not write that Mr. Spillman was the “first medium,” by leaving Mr. Fowler’s name out of the article it is very easy for anyone to come away with that idea, and it is, of course, wrong and the fault is mine.
I also sincerely apologize to David Ben, Julie Eng, the rest of the staff, as well as the readers of MAGICOL whose trust in me and my work has been injured.
There have only been a few moments in my life where I honestly wish I could go back in time and fix something. This is one of them.
Thanks for your time,
You can learn more about E. Raymond Carlyle at his site. PLEASE be sure to visit the “ABOUT CARLYLE” link where you can learn more about him and his time as the FIRST medium in the Houdini Séance Room at the Magic Castle: