Monday, December 7, 2015

The New York Review is wild about The Witch of Lime Street

The December 17, 2015 issue of The New York Review of Books contains a lengthy and enthusiastic review of David Jaher's new book, The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. Here's a taste:

"David Jaher’s stunning and brilliantly written account of the battle between the Great Houdini and the blond Witch of Lime Street illuminates a lost period in American history. Improbably, it also offers significant lessons about the formation of people’s beliefs and the sources of social divisions—scientific, political, or otherwise. Jaher helps to explain how and why the most highly educated people can diverge on fundamental matters, even when the evidence is altogether clear."

If you have a subscription of The New York Review of Books website, you can read the full review online here.

The Wall Street Journal also has a nice article about the book and Houdini's ghost-busting: The Clear-Sighted Illusionist.

You can read my own review of The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World HERE. The book is available on (U.S.) and (UK).


  1. Unless you're a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal, their complete article is firewalled.

    1. That's weird. I was able to get into it earlier. So, basically, both these articles are firewalled. That's frustrating. Maybe I need to make a new policy of not linking to subscription stories.

  2. The WSJ websites says subscribe or sign in. If you can sign in without having to subscribe, then you might be able to read the article.

  3. Enjoying this with gusto
    thank you so much for the heads up
    I had forgotten this was coming out...five pages in I am Delerious