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The Haunted Salem Magic Show

Hawthorne Hotel

Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff

The exterior of the Hawthorne Hotel.

Hawthorne Hotel

18 Washington Square West

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Show: “The Haunted Salem Magic Show”

Oct. 28-31: 8 and 10 p.m.

Admission: $35

A $2 donation from each ticket goes to Scares That Care, a nonprofit that raises money to support sick children.


Will the ghost of Captain Joseph White visit the windowless library of the Hawthorne Hotel? The murder of the wealthy shipmaster on April 6, 1830, stunned Salem. White was found dead, with a blow to his head and 13 stab wounds to his chest, in his second-floor bedroom in the grand home on Essex Street, now known as the Gardner-Pingree House, which stands across from the hotel. A plank by an open window and two muddy footprints were found at the scene of the crime. The magic show will include a seance and attempts to channel key persons associated with White’s murder. Props include a jewelry box, playing cards, and other items that would have been found in the sea captain’s home. “All of the material and the actual props in the show are real pieces from the early 1800s,” said Chris Bolter, a Franklin-based magician who will perform the show with Jonas Cain of Salem. “It’s a very period-friendly show. I think people will take away a sense of disbelief. There’s a lot of spookiness.”

Kathy McCabe can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe.
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