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Latest, quick but telling, mention shows our seance tale has become a part of local history. Again, please note, it is under the heading of local history.

Best bets: Places to go and things to do in Northeastern Pennsylvania
Published: January 5, 2010
SCRANTON TIMES

THURSDAY
Local history: "Haunted! Mind Mysteries & The Beyond," 7 p.m., Houdini Museum, 1433 N. Main Ave.

http://thetimes-tribune.com/arts-living/......1.525307

Through promotion of the show and its story, after five years, we have become part of the local folklore. We are mentioned anytime there are articles about unusual folklore of the area. Also, The Department of Tourism of the State Pennsylvania has picked us as one of the ten most haunted places in the State.

Dick Brooks and Dorothy Dietrich.
Check out http://HoudiniOpoly.com or...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726279887/houdini-opoly-fun-exciting-legend-and-magic-hero-b/

Houdini Museum Tour & Magic Show.
Only building in the world dedicated to Houdini.
http://Houdini.org
http://HoudiniDisplays.com
http://PsychicTheater.com
Scranton, Pa (570) 342-5555
"The truth shall make you free, but first it will make you angry." -Robert Ingersoll-Atheist (on the mind of Houdini when he died.)

We are thrilled we were able to bring The Grim Game to the world! Thanks TCM.
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A well established writer of a new book about spiritualist Maggie Fox that has been picked up to become a movie used our show when she was doing research. For those of you here who have 50 posts or more can read all her comments at

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......rum=82&2

Here are a few excerpts. I have not put it all here because she discusses themes and plots and even an effective section we have taken out for scripting reason that I do not want the general public to google.

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On 2010-03-15 09:51, magicusb wrote:

I put it here because there are things the writer says I do not want google to pick up on....

No one ever complains that it is full evening event, as long as 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Amazing.....

The article, I believe, gives insight to how different people can see the same presentation, and come out with different thoughts about it...

a few partial quotes..... (everything in the other section)

"Researching Maggie Fox and Elisha Kane turned me into an expert on 19th century spiritualism and Arctic exploration...

Last fall, my husband and I and our friends, Kelley and Eric, attended a paranormal show in Scranton, PA. The Psychic Theatre, tucked into one of the main streets of Scranton, shares a building with The Harry Houdini Museum....

The paranormalists started the show by asking if anyone in the audience was a skeptic. I raised my hand, and then looked around to realize I was the only one with my hand up. Even my husband and my friends had left me hanging out to dry! Thus christened "The Skeptic Lady," I was repeatedly called up to the stage to act as a “control.”.....

The show ended with a séance in the dark. The medium was tied up; the lights went out; and then all kinds of scary stuff happened. When the lights came back on, the medium was still bound to her chair....

If you're ever in the Scranton area, this place is worth a visit -- in either one of its fascinating guises! Both shows are highly entertaining, and the performers are top notch!".....

"
The other audience members seemed to be truly believers, and the guy sitting beside me seemed to be getting a little too much enjoyment out of holding my hand ... 

One fellow had to go sit in his car during the seance b/c he was too scared. His girlfriend stayed, saying she was used to ghosts because she had 3 in her house.".....


I left a lot out but there is more on the other page I gave you above which also has a link to her site and blogs where this is discussed by some of her readers.
Regards
Check out http://HoudiniOpoly.com or...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726279887/houdini-opoly-fun-exciting-legend-and-magic-hero-b/

Houdini Museum Tour & Magic Show.
Only building in the world dedicated to Houdini.
http://Houdini.org
http://HoudiniDisplays.com
http://PsychicTheater.com
Scranton, Pa (570) 342-5555
"The truth shall make you free, but first it will make you angry." -Robert Ingersoll-Atheist (on the mind of Houdini when he died.)

We are thrilled we were able to bring The Grim Game to the world! Thanks TCM.
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Just noticed these recent reviews on yelp.com. We are now in our 6th year of our seance presentation. Probably a record for a seance presentation.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/houdini-museum-t......scranton

Dick Brookz
Check out http://HoudiniOpoly.com or...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726279887/houdini-opoly-fun-exciting-legend-and-magic-hero-b/

Houdini Museum Tour & Magic Show.
Only building in the world dedicated to Houdini.
http://Houdini.org
http://HoudiniDisplays.com
http://PsychicTheater.com
Scranton, Pa (570) 342-5555
"The truth shall make you free, but first it will make you angry." -Robert Ingersoll-Atheist (on the mind of Houdini when he died.)

We are thrilled we were able to bring The Grim Game to the world! Thanks TCM.
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In our 7th year. We believe it is currently the longest running seance event in the world. It continues to be a work in process and we change parts every year.

We have recently changed the name of the presentation from "Haunted! Mind Mysteries & THE Beyond." to "Haunted! Mysteries of THE Beyond."
Dick Brookz & Dorothy Dietrich
Check out http://HoudiniOpoly.com or...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726279887/houdini-opoly-fun-exciting-legend-and-magic-hero-b/

Houdini Museum Tour & Magic Show.
Only building in the world dedicated to Houdini.
http://Houdini.org
http://HoudiniDisplays.com
http://PsychicTheater.com
Scranton, Pa (570) 342-5555
"The truth shall make you free, but first it will make you angry." -Robert Ingersoll-Atheist (on the mind of Houdini when he died.)

We are thrilled we were able to bring The Grim Game to the world! Thanks TCM.
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Latest review on Trip Advisor

“Psychic Theater at the Houdini Museum was spellbinding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011
*****
All I can say is if you have ever wanted to experience the paranormal, if your relatives ever described an experience, or if you just wanted to experience what is shown on the ghost investigator programs, this is the attraction for you. I was surprised my wife agreed to go to the event, as she is afraid of haunted rides at amusement parks and during Halloween haunted hayrides. The experience was terrifying. I got what I went there for and more. Would I go back again? Hell NO. That should say it all. The men in the room were more terrified than the women I think. The brochure states, "Not for the faint of heart. No pacemakers." Do not disregard those warnings. Expect to be out late, the seance did not get into the meat of the matter until eleven and went on past midnight. It was a stormy night, to add to the atmosphere.

* Visited August 2011
Check out http://HoudiniOpoly.com or...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726279887/houdini-opoly-fun-exciting-legend-and-magic-hero-b/

Houdini Museum Tour & Magic Show.
Only building in the world dedicated to Houdini.
http://Houdini.org
http://HoudiniDisplays.com
http://PsychicTheater.com
Scranton, Pa (570) 342-5555
"The truth shall make you free, but first it will make you angry." -Robert Ingersoll-Atheist (on the mind of Houdini when he died.)

We are thrilled we were able to bring The Grim Game to the world! Thanks TCM.
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NEW REVIEW 2012. Check out Trip Advisor Reviews for our other shows. Mostly excellent.
TRIP ADVISOR


nurseontheloose
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities

“Paranormal show scared this believer!”
*****
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012


This was an extraordinary experience to say the least. My daughter (14) and I went to Scranton last summer for the American Idol concert and had tickets to see the Paranormal show on the night before the concert. Having absolutely no preconceived notions of the place, I can say that the building itself is enough to give you the creeps. We were ushered in through the back door (previous reviewer noted the shaky steps), and I was immediately impressed by the absolute lack of predictability in that place. There was Houdini memorabilia EVERYWHERE and the rooms were dark and ominous for sure. The main seating area was a very intimate setting in a larger room in the middle of the building. Plenty more of the Houdini stuff hanging about and seating for about 20 to 25. The group started to coalesce and it consisted of a heterogenous group of men, women, gays, straights, old and young. (My daughter the youngest for sure.) At first I was struck by how "cheesy" the presenters were (Dorothy and an older man, forget his name). I was a little embarrassed for them initially and felt a little foolish for sitting there. That rapidly changed as this gentleman proceeded to capture our attention with one "paranormal" exhibit after another. There was a history to the place which involved a murder or two and the show evolved into a seance with the gentleman "channeling" a man named Walter. I saw things with my own eyes that were nothing short of Hollywood ghosts in action. Chandelier swayed, things flew off a table in front of me, and a tamborine started playing on its own. The evening culminated into a seance in the dark where people actually were screaming and one couple left as the young lady was saying that someone was touching her! I got myself and my daughter out of there and never looked back.
It was inarguably authentic and not for the faint of heart. You will believe, if you can handle it.
Check out http://HoudiniOpoly.com or...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726279887/houdini-opoly-fun-exciting-legend-and-magic-hero-b/

Houdini Museum Tour & Magic Show.
Only building in the world dedicated to Houdini.
http://Houdini.org
http://HoudiniDisplays.com
http://PsychicTheater.com
Scranton, Pa (570) 342-5555
"The truth shall make you free, but first it will make you angry." -Robert Ingersoll-Atheist (on the mind of Houdini when he died.)

We are thrilled we were able to bring The Grim Game to the world! Thanks TCM.
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Just thought we would put up a recent Tripadvisor review, and an older one we missed. Soon to be in our 10th year

"Definitely Worth it!!"
***** Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile
They put on a terrific show for us using the power of telepathy and all kinds of cool unexplained tricks. The seance was very cool and very active….very scary and fun! Plus they give you free pizza during intermission. Great people, great entertainment!
Visited October 2014


"GREAT PSYCHIC HAUNTED SHOW @ THE HOUDINI MUSEUM - SCRANTON, PA"
***** Reviewed July 19, 2009
My husband and I had great time at the Haunted Psychic Show at the Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA. The show starts at 8 pm and ends around midnight. Makes a great Saturday night date! You can expect to be wowed....cool history, spooky haunted house where a murder and 2 other deaths occurred. ESP, bending keys and pennies with the mind, and a in-the-dark seance. Dorothy and Dick Brooks were fabulous! GO!! You'll enjoy it for sure!
Check out http://HoudiniOpoly.com or...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726279887/houdini-opoly-fun-exciting-legend-and-magic-hero-b/

Houdini Museum Tour & Magic Show.
Only building in the world dedicated to Houdini.
http://Houdini.org
http://HoudiniDisplays.com
http://PsychicTheater.com
Scranton, Pa (570) 342-5555
"The truth shall make you free, but first it will make you angry." -Robert Ingersoll-Atheist (on the mind of Houdini when he died.)

We are thrilled we were able to bring The Grim Game to the world! Thanks TCM.
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In our tenth year.

See also Best ghost ever
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=14
Check out http://HoudiniOpoly.com or...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726279887/houdini-opoly-fun-exciting-legend-and-magic-hero-b/

Houdini Museum Tour & Magic Show.
Only building in the world dedicated to Houdini.
http://Houdini.org
http://HoudiniDisplays.com
http://PsychicTheater.com
Scranton, Pa (570) 342-5555
"The truth shall make you free, but first it will make you angry." -Robert Ingersoll-Atheist (on the mind of Houdini when he died.)

We are thrilled we were able to bring The Grim Game to the world! Thanks TCM.
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Absolutely inspiring stuff! Congrats to both of you!
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Im Deployed but return in the summer. Stationed in NJ might have to take my wife out to see this and make a weekend of it.
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Found another past Tripadvisor Review
kimmy53176
Scranton, pa

Reviewed October 29
Entertaining Evening!!
My husband and I had a great time at Haunted! an event held weekly at the Houdini Museum. Dick Brookz and Dorothy Dietrich put a lot of effort and enthusiasm into the evening. From the beginning,both are very pleasant and welcoming. The show is full of magic, mystery and suspense that are sure to keep you interested. The event lasted for approximately 4.5 hours with a brief intermission. Snacks were served including pizza, drinks and cookies. Overall, we were impressed and could not believe that this has been in our backyard and never knew it! We would certainly recommend it!

Link to Tripadvisor reviews. Type in Haunted or seance in search box as there are nearly 200 reviews for our various events
https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRevi......mmy53176

"https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60969-d116487-r35119462-Houdini_Museum-Scranton_Pennsylvania.html#kimmy53176"
Check out http://HoudiniOpoly.com or...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726279887/houdini-opoly-fun-exciting-legend-and-magic-hero-b/

Houdini Museum Tour & Magic Show.
Only building in the world dedicated to Houdini.
http://Houdini.org
http://HoudiniDisplays.com
http://PsychicTheater.com
Scranton, Pa (570) 342-5555
"The truth shall make you free, but first it will make you angry." -Robert Ingersoll-Atheist (on the mind of Houdini when he died.)

We are thrilled we were able to bring The Grim Game to the world! Thanks TCM.
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