Spring of 1914 was an especially busy time for both TR and Houdini, though neither was ever really not busy. “Go ahead, Houdini,” Roosevelt goaded. A less committed magician might have thought that any old spirits would do, but Houdini wasn’t the best in the business for nothing. In an almost unbelievable stroke of luck, Roosevelt had written the very question Houdini had hoped for. Considering his close companionship with Houdini, TR might have attended the event.