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Obscura Society IL: Experiencing The Seance

Chicago's Spiritualist heritage dates back to 1849. To what lengths would people go to contact the dead? And what would it look like if they had?

Thomas Bradford believed in ghosts. In 1921, he killed himself as an experiment in crossing over. We're going to help.

In a seance, a group of people concentrate on contacting the dead through the assistance of a medium. And while there's no evidence whatsoever that any of them were successful, the tradition continues today. 

In our version, award-winning entertainers Jonny Zavant and Thom Britton set the stage for an eerie evening of playing with the dead in a space catered to their attendance.

The show combines an historical look at the meaning and tradition of seances with a practical demonstration of what you would have witnessed at a seance over 100 years ago.

The only difference is, this show is fun, engaging, and hilarious.

Please keep in mind that we don't expect to contact the dead or believe that such things are possible, but if the dead should drop by for a visit, we'll be ready for them.

A promotional video is available at http://www.seanceshows.com

Details:

$20/$28 with pretour
Show is 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

If you can, sign up for the pretour option where you'll be guided through some of the museum's creepier exhibits to get you in the mood for a bit of posthumous communication.

All ages welcome. Living or dead. (Dead get in free!)

Questions? jeff@atlasobscura.com


June 18, 2015

5:45PM for pretour
7:00PM for show

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610