Question: One time Houdini posed as a medium and said a boy who was always riding a bicycle would break his leg. The boy did and Houdini stopped posing as a medium.Sri Chinmoy: Houdini had created fear, and fear caused the accident. Somebody in India once told a mother that her son would be devoured by a tiger. The child said that he did not know what a tiger looked like and asked his mother to show him. The mother drew a picture of a tiger and placed it on the wall. We know this was not a real tiger, so her son would not be killed by it. But the child looked at the tiger and was frightened to death, because he had heard that the tiger could kill. If you create fear, it can do anything.
Sri Chinmoy, Transformation of the ego, Agni Press, 1977