The Witch of Lime Street

The Witch of Lime Street

Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World

Book - 2015
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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
"History comes alive in this textured account of the rivalry between Harry Houdini and the so-called Witch of Lime Street, whose iconic lives intersected at a time when science was on the verge of embracing the paranormal,"
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307451064
Characteristics: 436 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jul 01, 2017

The Witch of Lime Street was a fascinating read. Jaher aptly brings to life the era of Spiritualism and Houdini's determination to expose the frauds and tricksters. Although slow at the beginning, the characters and mystery soon had me engrossed.

Oct 31, 2016

When I checked out this book I really didn't know what I was in for. And after reading it I can now say that overall this book gives great insight on the 1920's. Little did I know how important the spiritual world was in the 1920's. A very interesting story that I knew pretty much very little of. At some points the book was boring, others interesting, and at some moments just hard to go on. However as a fanatic of phenomenon and the spirit world - this book definitely fulfilled those interests. Ouija boards and seances were reportedly very popular during this time. As a result many so called psychics came to be claiming they can contact the dead. Which pretty much sums up Houdini's attempts to prove that Margery or in other words "the Witch of Lime Street" to be a hoax. Overall you are given great insight on the 1920's and peoples struggles of grieving over loved ones lost in the Spanish flu epidemic and the first world war which caused them to regularly get information on such things. Between tackling the truths of the spiritual world and the scientific.

May 04, 2016

A great true story. I love to read anything about Houdini. This story makes him look like both a master magican and a fallible human being at the same time.

Feb 23, 2016

Interesting from a Houdini perspective. He was very involved in disproving those who claimed to communicate with the dead. The descriptions of seances and the goings-on that were conjured made me want to see pictures from the day. I wish that more had been provided.

An interesting history, but it sunk into redundancy.

Oct 31, 2015

curiosity about Conan Doyle led me to this book; so far it reads like a novel, makes it easy to keep reading


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