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Houdini's Last Séance

  • The Red Vic 1665 Haight St San Francisco, CA, 94117 United States (map)

We invite you to a very special meeting of The Secret Society of Intrepid Alchemists, wherein you will witness the Greatest Experiment in contacting the Spirit World: Houdini’s Last Séance!

The Red Victorian and The Alchemy welcome you into a world of Old Hollywood opulence and decadence. The immersive theatre experience takes the form of a meeting of a secret society a century ago, where members presented their avant garde research in science, art, and the spirit world... at a time when these were not considered distinct fields. Imagine yourself and the other guests as one of the bohemian types who would be members of such a society: mystics and mediums, scientists and starlets, explorers, gurus, and charlatans...

This particular meeting of the society hosts a creative reimagining of an actual event in 1936, when Bess Houdini (the magician's beloved widow) and a group of luminaries fulfilled the last seance of their pact. Prior to his mysterious death on Hallowe'en in 1926, the couple had agreed that, regardless of who first left the realm of the living, the survivor would attempt an annual séance to contact the other beyond the veil. For ten years on the anniversary of his death, Bess Houdini faithfully performed this rite. Indeed, there exists a recording of the final minutes of that ceremony, which we have reconstructed... yet, was that truly the end of the story?!?

So dress up, interact, and witness this unique experiment. Whomever you choose to be will be announced by the Butler upon your entrance, where you will interact with the other distinguished guests until the séance begins.

In collaboration with Atlas Obscura, this event is created by The Alchemy, a non-profit arts organization based in Los Angeles. The Alchemy creates transformation through art and experience (

Get tickets at eventbrite ($55)

Earlier Event: March 12
Later Event: March 19
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