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The Witch of Lime Street

Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World
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Crown , New York City, New York, USA
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Open LibraryOL25925897M
ISBN 13978 0 307 45106 4

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher is a Crown publication. I stumbled across this book while browsing through my Overdrive Library offerings and was immediately drawn to it because I’ve looked for a book like this one that delved into the Spiritualist craze which was so popular beginning around and throughout much of the ’s/5.

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David Jaher's extraordinary debut culminates in the showdown between Houdini, a relentless unmasker of charlatans, and Margery, the nation's most credible spirit medium. The Witch of Lime Street, the first book to capture their electric public rivalry and the competition that brought them into each other's orbit, returns us to an oft-mythologized era to deepen our understanding of its history, all.

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The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher (Crown Publishers) NEARLY YEARS AGO, America was gripped by occult fever.

The vast death toll from the Great War had sparked a mainstream spiritualism craze. The Witch of Lime Street, the first book to capture their electric public rivalry and the competition that brought them into each other’s orbit, returns us to an oft-mythologized era to deepen our understanding of its history, all while igniting our imagination and engaging with.

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The Witch of Lime Street Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World (Book): Jaher, David: 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.

The s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was. Back in December,The New York Observer reported that Crown had acquired a non-fiction book about Houdini by David Jaher for an advance in the “high six figures.” Titled The Witch of Lime Street, the book would tell the full story of Houdini’s campaign to expose medium Mina "Margery" Crandon, and would be released "in early " But as comes to a close, there is no.

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The Witch of Lime Street Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World (Book): Jaher, David: In 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.

The Witch of Lime Street Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World (Book): Jaher, David: "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," the wife of a Boston surgeon came to embody.

The Witch of Lime Street, the first book to capture their electric public rivalry and the competition that brought them into each other’s orbit, returns us to an oft-mythologized era to deepen our understanding of its history, all while igniting our imagination and engaging with the timeless question.

The Witch of Lime Street is a well-researched history of the links between vaudeville, magic and mediumship told with verve and humor. Fans of Glen David Gold’s novel Carter Beats the Devil will find much to enjoy here.

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.

It’s been quite a while since a book captured my attention as much as this one did. Part history, biography, ghost story, and mystery, The Witch of Lime Street is an elusive riddle of a story, blurring the lines that separate fact from fiction and truth from trickery.

Like the so-called witch herself, it is enchanting, enigmatic, puzzling, elegant, and seductive, beckoning us into a dark and. 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 s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an.

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. It was recently announced that David Jaher’s debut book, The Witch of Lime Street published Octoberhas been picked up for film adaptation by STX Entertainment, with “Mama” director Andres Muschietti at the helm.

Following the break of this exciting news, we caught up with David to talk about the adaptation, casting, and more. The Witch of Lime Street is a venture into the Victorian era when those who could claim to speak with the dead were a dime a dozen, and almost-nondenominational belief in the afterlife exploded alongside technological innovation.

In the thick of all this walked magic titan Harry Houdini, who made it his personal mission to find an authentic medium.

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The book is very well researched; Jaher has marshalled a large amount of information into a well-paced engrossing read, presenting a complex story with elegance and humanity. One comes away from The Witch of Lime Street with a firm understanding of why Margery’s mediumship retains its fascination to.

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World Jaher brings Harry Houdini’s crusade against spiritualism back into popular knowledge in his gripping first book. The book focuses on the eponymous “Witch of Lime Street,” a woman named Mina Crandon.

Unlike most psychics of the day, Mina was a member of the Boston Brahmin social elite, and pretty, vivacious, and charming. Multiple scientific researchers would declare her work genuine. Houdini’s quest to unmask her as a fraud would become an obsession. When The Witch of Lime Street was first announced back inthere was some skepticism among Houdini buffs (myself included).

The press reported a "high six figures" advance for a book by an author no one in the Houdini world had ever heard of. Indeed, David Jaher (spelled Jehar in the original reports) had never written a book before, and while he was said to be a screenwriter, he.

My name is David Jaher and my debut book, The Witch of Lime Street, has recently released. It is nonfiction and tells the story of one of the most controversial prize contests of the Jazz Age; in which psychic candidates were invited to manifest their supernormal phenomena before a committee of some of the top scientists and psychic experts in the country.

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Earlier on Smart Bitches I reviewed Houdini and Doyle, a new TV series in which Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle team up to solve series was pretty meh, but you can get a great Houdini and Doyle fix from the non-fiction book, The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World.

Pro: It has a glow in the dark cover.David Jaher’s stunning and brilliantly written account of the battle between the Great Houdini and the blond Witch of Lime Street illuminates a lost period in American history. Improbably, it also offers significant lessons about the formation of people’s beliefs and the sources of social divisions—scientific, political, or otherwise.Jaher's new book, "The Witch of Lime Street," chronicles Houdini and Conan Doyle's unlikely friendship, and their dramatic showdown over the spirit world.