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The Witch of Lime Street - Sθance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World-logo

The Witch of Lime Street - Sθance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World

David Jaher

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 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communion with the spirit world, after the loss of tens of millions in the First World War and the Spanish-flu epidemic. A desperate search for reunion with dead loved ones precipitated a tidal wave of self-proclaimed psychics-and, as reputable media sought stories on occult phenomena, mediums became celebrities. Against this backdrop, in 1924, the pretty wife of a distinguished 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 none other than Sherlock Holmes' creator 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 and offering a large cash prize to the first medium declared authentic by its impressive five-man investigative committee. Admired for both her exceptional charm and her dazzling effects, Margery was the best hope for the psychic practice to be empirically verified. Her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince...the acclaimed escape artist, Harry Houdini. 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 while igniting our imagination and engaging with the timeless question:

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 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communion with the spirit world, after the loss of tens of millions in the First World War and the Spanish-flu epidemic. A desperate search for reunion with dead loved ones precipitated a tidal wave of self-proclaimed psychics-and, as reputable media sought stories on occult phenomena, mediums became celebrities. Against this backdrop, in 1924, the pretty wife of a distinguished 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 none other than Sherlock Holmes' creator 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 and offering a large cash prize to the first medium declared authentic by its impressive five-man investigative committee. Admired for both her exceptional charm and her dazzling effects, Margery was the best hope for the psychic practice to be empirically verified. Her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince...the acclaimed escape artist, Harry Houdini. 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 while igniting our imagination and engaging with the timeless question:
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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. The 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communion with the spirit world, after the loss of tens of millions in the First World War and the Spanish-flu epidemic. A desperate search for reunion with dead loved ones precipitated a tidal wave of self-proclaimed psychics-and, as reputable media sought stories on occult phenomena, mediums became celebrities. Against this backdrop, in 1924, the pretty wife of a distinguished 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 none other than Sherlock Holmes' creator 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 and offering a large cash prize to the first medium declared authentic by its impressive five-man investigative committee. Admired for both her exceptional charm and her dazzling effects, Margery was the best hope for the psychic practice to be empirically verified. Her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince...the acclaimed escape artist, Harry Houdini. 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 while igniting our imagination and engaging with the timeless question:

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

14h 6m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:49


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:37


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:37


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:58


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:44


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:04


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:22


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:11


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:29


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:22


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:20


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:18


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

00:35


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:40


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:24


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:08


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:57


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:58


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:22


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

09:16


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:16


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:06


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:24


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:40


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:29


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:57


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:25


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:42


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:03


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:21


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:26


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:23


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:51


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:35


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:43


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:44


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:24


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:19


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:13


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:14


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:22


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:01


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:04


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:02


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

00:57


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:24


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:15


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

09:21


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:39


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:02


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:11


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:06


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:43


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:04


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:26


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:33


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:16


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:31


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:44


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:51


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:29


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:15


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:47


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:26


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:51


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:53


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:49


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:46


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

00:32


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:07


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:39


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:27


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:44


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

09:34


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:17


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:00


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:49


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:33


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:51


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:58


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:44


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:34


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:22


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:07


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:29


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

01:58


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

00:30