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Spirits, Spoon Benders and Suffragettes: An Introduction to Spiritualism
Morbid Anatomy Museum
Brooklyn, NY
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Spirits, Spoon Benders and Suffragettes: An Introduction to Spiritualism
Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 7pm
Admission:  $10 ( Admission Includes Utensil for Bending )
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY

Spiritualism is a religion based on communicating with spirits of the dead. Spiritualism not only gave a voice to the departed, but also to the dispossessed and disenfranchised. Hugely popular in the 19th century, Spiritualism radically impacted social reform, scientific inquiry and popular culture before fading into obscurity. At its height, it is estimated that 11 million Americans were gathering together in dark rooms, trying to make contact with the other side.

Join us for an evening of Spiritualist-themed histories and live demonstrations. Magician Acep Hale will take us on a madcap journey through this rambunctious movement, and highlight some of its most memorable figures. Shannon Taggart will provide an introduction to the practice of mediumship, and present a visual tour of the unusual town of Lily Dale, New York, The Worlds Largest Spiritualist Community. And Lily Dale mediums Lauren Thibodeau and Susan Barnes will conduct a spoon bending exercise and a psychic art experiment with the audience.

Susan B. Barnes, Ph.D, CSNU, is a former professor who has taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology, among other institutions. Author of eight textbooks in the fields of visual communications and internet/social media, she is a certificate holder from the Spiritualist National Union. Dr. Barnes teaches internationally and resides in Lily Dale, NY, where she also operates an art gallery.

Lauren Thibodeau, MBA, LPC, Ph.D, has been a registered medium at Lily Dale Assembly since 1996.  A licensed professional counselor, she teaches internationally and was a distance learning faculty member at Atlantic University for 10 years. She is the author of two books on intuition. Her work has been featured in a variety of media, including the television program Psychic Investigators.

Acep Hale is a street performing magician, musician, traveler, writer, actor, and rogue gentleman scholar. Driven by the 19th century belief in propaganda by deed he performs daily on street corners everywhere to prove that magic still lives around every bend, you dont need a nine to five to stay alive, and hope springs eternal between the cracks of every sidewalk.

Image: Lily Dale, NY, 1894. Suffragette Marion Skidmore holds a flag indicating that two states have given women the right to vote, with Susan B. Anthony seated to her left.


Morbid Anatomy Museum (View)
424 A Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States




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