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The witch of Lime Street : séance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world

Author: David Jaher
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In 1924 the wife of a Boston surgeon came to embody the raging national debate over Spiritualism, a movement devoted to communication with the dead. Reporters dubbed her the blonde Witch of Lime Street, but she was known to her followers simply as Margery. Her most vocal advocate was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed so thoroughly in Margery's powers that he urged her to enter a controversial contest, sponsored  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Margery; Harry Houdini; Arthur Conan Doyle; Arthur Conan Doyle; Harry Houdini; Margery
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Jaher
ISBN: 9780307451064 0307451062
OCLC Number: 909025615
Description: 436 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The dead boys --
The river of doubt --
The new wilderness --
The saxophone and spirit trumpet --
The great spirit hunt --
The Witch of Lime Street --
Spirits of the dead --
How Death deals its cards --
The shadow of a dream.
Responsibility: David Jaher.

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In 1924 the wife of a Boston surgeon came to embody the raging national debate over Spiritualism, a movement devoted to communication with the dead. Reporters dubbed her the blonde Witch of Lime Street, but she was known to her followers simply as Margery. Her most vocal advocate was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed so thoroughly in Margery's powers that he urged her to enter a controversial contest, sponsored by Scientific American. Her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince ... the acclaimed escape artist, Harry Houdini. Jaher captures their electric public rivalry and the competition that brought them into each other's orbit.

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