By the time the séance ended, Lady Doyle had filled some fifteen sheets with automatic writing.
Before leaving the Doyle's suite, Houdini delivered a jolt of his own. In her long message Cecilia had asked him to try contacting her by automatic writing at home. He wanted to ask the Doyles about technique, and idly as if trying it out he wrote the name Powell. Doyle looked shocked. he had just learned of the death of a close friend, Ellis Powell, editor of the London Financial News. Certain that Powell's spirit was seeking to come to him through Houdini, he exclaimed: "Saul is among the prophets! You are a medium."