Spirit Theater

A Victorian Séance

The world of the Paranormal has always held a strange fascination for me as far back as I can remember. There was always, it seems, a question—at least in the back of my mind—Do Ghosts really exist? Are they real or just a figment of my imagination? I can remember, as a young teenager, attending one of those Midnight Live Spook Shows at our local Movie Theater. The show, although somewhat hokey in its presentation still left quite an impression. Ever since that night I’ve had a strong interest in theater and drama.

Just what is, you may ask yourself, “Spirit Theater?” Well, the production is a “One Man Show” of sorts where I present to an audience what “might” have happened at a Victorian Séance.

The Séance portion of the show is based on research I have done on the history of the Séance and Mediums. So, as the title implies, I‘m not a real medium but I play one on stage. My extensive background in Magic has led me to study all the forms of the Magical Arts and The Séance & Spiritualism are considered to fall within that realm.

The Great Magician & Escape Artist of the day, Harry Houdini, was involved heavily in the Spiritualist movement through his friendship with Novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He worked feverishly to expose the fraudulence that evolved from the practice of “communicating with the Dead”.

Do you believe in Ghosts? There are many folks who do. There are many more who would like to believe, they’re simply waiting for the spirits to show themselves so they can justify it in their own minds. Then there are those who cringe at the mere thought that there could really be something out there, something unseen, something, as yet, unknown. There are, on the other hand, those that declare it to be “against their Religion” to even sit through a Theatrical Recreation of a Séance.

The purpose of this performance is not to sway you one way or the other in your belief or disbelief of Spiritualism or The Séance but merely to shed some light on it for what it was and, in fact, still is. There were many who were involved solely for the purpose of separating the grieving party from their money rather than to provide any kind of legitimate service. There were many gifted people, on the other hand, who really thought that they were, in fact, able to communicate with those spirits on the “other side of the veil”. The real question here, I guess is … “Do You Believe In Ghosts?”

After witnessing my “Spirit Theater,” you may not be so sure…