The Witch of Lime Street

The Witch of Lime Street

Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World

Book - 2015
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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
0307451062
Characteristics: 436 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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dnlle
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.

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hailzz
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.

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poirot700
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.

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vv9
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.

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whistlefide
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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