Superstitions and belief in the supernatural world reigned at a high point during the Victorian era.
Sir Athur Conan Doyle, the creator of the super-rational, Sherlock Holmes in literature, himself believed strongly in the existence of an “other” world, spiritualism and fairies.
At the opposite end of the controversy, was renowned magician and escape artist Harry Houdini (who by the way, was born and died on Halloween). Houdini spent a good deal of his life, exposing charlatans who professed to be mediums – in touch with the spirit world.
Houdini vowed to his wife that if there was indeed a life after death, and a way to escape the spirit world and cross over into the living, he would communicate a specific message to her so that she would know it was really true.
As the story goes, after 10 years of conducting séances at his grave on Halloween, Harry’s wife, Bess, never received the message.
To hear more about superstition and spirituality in the Victorian Era, visit Fairlawn Mansion on September – Friday the 13th, for our Superstitions Tour after dark! Bring your own flashlight and see for yourself if the ghosts really do come out after dark! Tour information and prices.
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