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Tags: 31st October, Ghost, Halloween, October 2011, Twitter, Witch
Mysterious and eerie? A roundup of our Halloween entries in case you’ve missed any of these spooktacular tales…
How is the Ghost?
A letter from the Standford Estate enquiring about the Preston Manor ghost
Beware the Wolfman!
Lycanthropy in mythology
Transcript of twitter Q&A with Paula Wrightson (Ghosts and Preston Manor)
Have you been in contact with the spirits? What would you want to ask a ghost?
A Ghost in the House?
Does this photograph show the ghost of young Anthony Shirley?
Object of the Month – Toms’ Witch Stones
For this month’s object we take a look at an amulet known as a lucky stone or witch stone.
Personality of the Month – Henry Solomon (1794-1844)
One of Brighton’s most dramatic ghost stories
Read and enjoy. If you dare…
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Tags: 31st October, Brighton Hippodrome, Escapologist, Harry Houdini, Hippodrome, Magician, October 2011, Waterloo
The famous magician and escapologist, Harry Houdini (real name Erik Weisz) was born on 24th March, 1874. He died 31st October, 1926. To mark the occasion of his death we have an article from the Brighton & Hove Society describing Houdini’s performances at the Brighton Hippodrome for a week in July 1909.
Houdini Scores Again
The Brighton Hippodrome could hardly have held another person last night, so full was it crammed with people anxious to see Houdini meet his latest challenge. The challenge was from a Brighton firm of harness-makers to escape from a jacket made by them for the confining of the murderously insane. When strapped up in this jacket, enveloping him from shoulders to feet, his arms held round him, Houdini looked as helpless as a trussed fowl. He had a desperately hard struggle for a quarter of an hour, especially to get off a band rounds his knees: but his extraordinary capacity for contracting himself so that he could get his legs under his strapped arms, and his strength of hand, were more than the makers bargained for, and at last he was free. The audience cheered him to the echo.
Before starting he observed that he felt somewhat nervous. The challenge had been signed at Waterloo Street; and he wondered if this would be his Waterloo.
Houdini Scores Again