When Harry Houdini, the world's most celebrated stage conjurer and escape artist, died in 1926, he left behind a challenge to bring his spirit and with it the secret code that his wife, Beatrice, and he had used in their mind-reading act. The challenge was ironic, for during his lifetime, Houdini had been devoted to exposing mediums,
On Febrary 8th, 1928 Fletcher, the supposed spirit control of medium Arthur Ford, announced during a seance that a woman who tells me she is the mother of Harry Weiss, Known as Houdini wanted to pass along a message, His wife knew the word, and no one else in all the world. Ask her if the word which I tried to get back all these years was not FORGIVE.
In a later seance by Ford the Fletcher entity announced, ''A man who says he is Harry Houdini, but whose real name was Ehrich Weiss, is here and wishes to send to his wife, Beatrice Houdini, the ten-word message which he agreed to do if it were possible for him to communicate. The message read as follows: ROSABELLE ANSWER TELL PRAY ANSWER LOOK TELL ANSWER- ANSWER TELL.