|The Awakening suffers from having one of the more non-eye-grabbing movie covers. I can’t tell you how many times we ticked right by this one as we moved through Netflix and never gave it a second glance. However, it deals with the Victorian era, Spiritualism, actual ghosts, and features some actors I enjoy in my films so I was glad we finally gave the description a glance. It starts out with a wonderfully dark and gothic seance and changes gears in the sound of curtains being pulled away to let the light back in. Be warned there may be spoilers beyond the bump.|
PrairieGhosts.com has a nice little article on the Fox Sisters. Not familiar with them? They were a thing for a bit in the Victorian era Spiritualist movement. They were quite notable for their click-clacking conversations with the dead. Then things got real, as in they were found to be frauds. THE FOX SISTERS: The Rise & Fall of Spiritualism’s Founders covers the life and times of the infamous Fox sisters. For anyone who has been wanting to dip their foot into the ghostly pool of that strange era of shooting ectoplasm from the nose and creepy ghost photography, this is a good place to start.
A PENNY DREADFUL: The first entry in Etta Diem’s Encyclopedia of Harmful Sensations. As recorded from second hand accounts from Phineas Luft and Gertrude Vermooth
In the late 1900’s at the height of the Spiritualist movement, Huxley Auspex took his place among the movement’s elite by creating and ushering into the world the Auspicmoriscope. The fantastic claims of this invention were simple: The user looked into the eyepiece and turned the handle and the spirit realm became visible within the instrument’s view finder.
The instrument caused a stir among even the most hardened in the community and Auspex became a quick celebrity, embraced by the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He followed this rise to celebrity by creating a variety of variations on his original device, each offering claims more brilliant and fabled than the next. The final version of the auspicmoriscope was a heavy contraption that came complete with a strange scrying board and typewriter like letter box that was meant to allow the user to type in messages or relay the names of those they wished to contact. Auspex claimed the additions to the device allowed for better locating and displaying of those the viewer desired to see.