Spiritualism, which involves allegedly making contact with those who have departed, began in the 1850s and is still attempted, whether through mediums or a Ouija board, to this day. One rather crude means of communicating popularised in the Victorian era was through rappings or knockings, with one tap for ‘yes’ and two for ‘no’ in answer to questions sent to the ‘other side’. This carved hand, from the early 20th century, was made for magicians to ‘recreate’ or expose the method of spiritualists – rather than pretending to be able to speak to the dead themselves. Many magicians, including Harry Houdini and, more recently, James Randi, devoted themselves to exposing charlatan spiritualists. Thayer, based in Los Angeles, were considered the Rolls-Royce of magic prop makers.
Thayer Spirit Hand
Youngsters conjure up top prizes
A 13-year-old boy who lives in Spain and an 11-year-old girl from West Yorkshire were the big winners at this year’s annual Young Magicians Club Junior Day awards held...
Young Magician of the Year 2023
Having considered the five entries received for the Competition this year the Committee have decided that it is not possible to proceed to a Final. The event on April...