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On at least two occasions a demonstration of the London Open Light Séance took place in Sandusky. On October 18, 1903, Dr. Amos Wayne appeared at the Neilson Opera House. His demonstration included spirit slate writing, a table rising, and a display of the hands of faces of spirits. (At least that is what his advertisement claimed.)
C. M. Sawyer and his “company of wonderful mediums” visited Sandusky’s Grand Opera House on the evening of October 13, 1907. Dr. Sawyer is reported to have conduced séances in England, Austria, and France.
From 1906 throughout the 1920’s, Harry Houdini and others debunked several acts involving mediums as being fraudulent.