Dale appears mysteriously in all your family photos in order to send this special message from the Deep Night. Recorded before an enthusiastic crowd at the Slipper Room in New York City, this live episode explores the fascinating world of American Spiritualism and its various rituals with a lineup of illustrious and learned guests. The evening begins with Dale describing his personal vision of the Deep Night, then Dale welcomes researcher and photographer Shannon Taggart for an overview of spirit photography and seances. Like a spoon bent with your mind, the conversation tightens around itself as Dale also invites comedian Alex English, writer Maggie Serota, and comedy superstar Hadiyah Robinson to the padded chairs. Through the lens of ghostly visitors and impending death, the discussion veers off in many unexpected directions to include such subjects as sleep paralysis, the Philly Phanatic, floating Ouija boards, New Edition, and the hidden history of Detroit. Ethereal and appropriate music throughout the evening provided by Cornelius Loy on the theremin.
To support the publication of Shannon Taggart’s book, SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm visit https://unbound.com/books/seance-spiritualist . To tune into Hadiyah Robinson’s Black A$$ podcast, find it on itunes or via her site http://www.hadiyahrobinson.com/podcast.html. Alex English can be found performing stand up all over NYC. Read more from Maggie Serota on twitter or via Death and Taxes Magazine. Cornelius Loy will be performing, along with many other fine theremin players as part of the Theremin Society’s Sunday Theremin Soiree, April 9 at the Slipper Room. Tickets and information for that show are available here: http://www.slipperroom.com/event/1447819-guest-event-ny-theremin-new-york/.
The next Deep Night live show is May 10th at the Slipper Room with another fantastic lineup of guests! Stay attuned!
Oh, and if you enjoyed this episode, might we also suggest taking a listen to Dale’s conversation with Colin Dickey, author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.
Photo in original post by John Huntington.