By David Jaher
Background comes alive during this textured account of the contention among Harry Houdini and the so-called Witch of Lime road, whose iconic lives intersected at a time whilst technological know-how was once at the verge of embracing the paranormal.
The Nineteen Twenties are well-known because the golden age of jazz and glamour, however it used to be additionally an period of fevered craving for communion with the spirit international, after the lack of thousands and thousands within the First international warfare and the Spanish-flu epidemic. A determined look for reunion with lifeless household brought on a tidal wave of self-proclaimed psychics--and, as respected media sought tales on occult phenomena, mediums grew to become celebrities.
Against this backdrop, in 1924, the gorgeous spouse of a wonderful Boston health practitioner got here to include the raging nationwide debate over Spiritualism, a flow dedicated to communique with the lifeless. newshounds dubbed her the blonde Witch of Lime highway, yet she was once identified to her fans easily as Margery. Her such a lot vocal suggest was once none except Sherlock Holmes' writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed so completely in Margery's powers that he prompt her to go into a debatable contest, subsidized by way of clinical American and supplying a wide money prize to the 1st medium declared actual by means of its awesome five-man investigative committee. favorite for either her unparalleled allure and her surprising results, Margery used to be the simplest wish for the psychic perform to be empirically demonstrated. Her supernatural presents beguiled 4 of the judges. there has been just one left to convince...the acclaimed break out artist, Harry Houdini.
David Jaher's remarkable debut culminates within the showdown among Houdini, a continuing unmasker of charlatans, and Margery, the nation's such a lot credible spirit medium. The Witch of Lime road, the 1st ebook to seize their electrical public contention and the contest that introduced them into every one other's orbit, returns us to an oft-mythologized period to deepen our figuring out of its heritage, all whereas igniting our mind's eye and interesting with the undying query: Is there existence after loss of life?