Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Davenport Brothers and Their Spirit Cabinet
Once again, Carnegie: Magic Detective comes through with a brilliant post on the Davenport Brothers and their spirit cabinet, the trick that inspired Thurston, Houdini, Charles Morritt, David Devant, Carter the Great, and many other magicians of the golden age.
Early adopters of Spiritualism, the brothers presented their illusion as actual paranormal phenomena rather than stage magic. This tactic inspired others to debunk the act by recreating it onstage and explaining the techniques used to create the phenomena.
CLICK HERE to read Carnegie's history of the Davenport Brothers and Their Spirit Cabinet.