I went looking for a clip of an interview of Groucho Marx where he talks about his famous visit to a medium for a seance. It is one of the funniest anecdotes in the history of skeptical accounts, one I remember fondly as a budding skeptic back in 1996.
Alas, there does not seem to be a clip anywhere on the interweb to be had. However, I ran into this New York Times opinion article written by famous comedian and talk show host Dick Cavett, penned back in 2007.
The article revealed itself to me in my search for the video of Groucho’s first hand account. Cavett does a nice job of re-telling the story, correctly framed and delivered professionally as part of a larger, though less-than-fully skeptical, opinion piece about ghosts, spirits, and the people who believe in such things.
Regardless, I thought it was worth sharing for those who appreciate the talents of both Cavett and Marx. I am a firm believer in the following equation:
Humor + Skepticism = Effective Message
So how can you go wrong with Dick Cavett talking about Groucho Marx?