The Davenports play Huddersfield

Nik Taylor (Performer)

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c. 1855 the Davenport bothers, William and Ira, following closely in the wake of the famous spiritualist mediums the Fox Sisters, began offering Spiritualist séances in New York. Unlike the Fox sisters who relied on ‘rappings’ to seemingly facilitate spirit contact, the Davenports toured with a large wooden cabinet in which they would be tied, the cabinet would be closed, and various spirit manifestations would occur. They would often conclude the evening with a private ‘dark séance’. In 1865 the Davenports brought their cabinet to Europe. Controversies, arguments and riots followed them throughout.

On Tuesday February 21st at eight o’clock, the Davenports played Huddersfield’s Philosophical Hall.

This is the story of that night
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2022
EventCultures of Place - Queensgate Indoor Market, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jun 20224 Jul 2022


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