Hurricane Harvey Relief

Posted by Jake Cordero on September 2, 2017
Like all of our fellow Texans, we watched with shock an sadness as Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast. Our neighbors are hurting. Bad. In solidarity, The Austin Séance will be donating a portion of proceeds from the upcoming Halloween series at The Vortex to Hurricane Harvey relief. This includes all on-site merchandising proceeds. We've chosen to forward contributions to the Houston Food Bank, which is among the great organizations working in Houston for the long
The Austin Séance returns to The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road, for the annual Halloween series. Albert and Jake will lead sittings beginning on Thursday, Oct. 19th, and continue through two weekends until Halloween night.  As usual, we'll be gathering in the Vortex Pony Shed, located in the courtyard. Tickets are not on sale yet, but that doesn't mean you can't reserve your space now. All you have to do is make a pledge to KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM. We've
The Austin Séance appears on Friday, Oct. 13, for a sitting at the fantastic Villa Finale in San Antonio, Texas. Located at the center of the King William National Historic District and along the world-famous River Walk, the Villa Finale is the state's first National Trust Historic Site. It's an amazing and beautiful mansion, filled with art work and antiques from throughout the world. The late Walter Nold Mathis -- the civic leader who restored the 19th Century home
[caption id="attachment_887" align="alignright" width="350"] Georgiana Houghton, Glory be to God, 1868. Credit: Victorian Spiritualist Union/Courthauld Gallery[/caption] By Sofia Granados-Dyer In 1870, the British spirit medium Georgiana Houghton (1814 - 1884) sent the artist, who she referred to as Mr. L, a series of her drawings. According to Houghton, the drawings were not her own creation per se, but guided by the spirits. After close inspection of the drawings, Mr. L responded: My dear Miss Houghton,—
[caption id="attachment_717" align="alignright" width="240"] Leonora Piper[/caption] By Jake Cordero Leonora Piper was one of the most famous spirit mediums of the 19th Century. She made believers of important scientists and thinkers, including William James, father of American psychology, and Oliver Lodge, the British physicist who contributed to the invention of the radio. But her detractors were passionate as well, and some accused her of self-delusion ... or worse. Did Leonora Piper truly speak to the
The Tragic Story of Kate and Margaret Fox By Jake Cordero Sitting in a darkened room with their eyes closed tight, sisters Kate and Margaret Fox called out to the spirits. The response was almost immediate.  Knock ... Knock ...  Knock ...  This eerie demonstration, conducted in 1848 in a small New York farmhouse, is remembered as the first American séance. From that night forward, through the early 1900s, into the Jazz Age and even to the
The Signs All Around Us By Jake Cordero Everything we know about the world, all of our reality, we know through signs. From the moment we wake up, until the moment we go to bed and even in our dreaming — this is how we experience the world. This is the “is” of our reality. It is the only reality we know. We hear the whispering in the trees. A sign, no doubt, of a soft wind.
By Jake Cordero Table turning — it is one of the earliest and most rudimentary methods for attempting contact with the other side.  Before the Ouija board, before spirit bells and electronic voice phenomenon, there was table turning. The practice was common among spiritualists in both America and Europe as far back as the mid-1850s. The method is simple. First you need a wooden table — any small one will do. We typically prefer three-legged
We're excited to be part of the official launch for Morbid Curiosity, a delightfully dark card game about death. Come join us for a séance at The Vortex on Thursday, March 16, and meet game creators Kimberley Mead and James Young. And due to demand, we've added a SECOND FREE séance sitting for the evening. Morbid Curiosity is a game of 156 trivia and conversation cards that challenge players to share what they know and think
 Winter Series at The Vortex, Feb. 3-12 Albert Lucio and Jake Cordero examine the history of the American spiritualist movement, demonstrate tools used by working mediums and then employ those tools in a modern recreation of an old-time séance. Each sitting lasts approximately one hour. The Austin Séance team returns to The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road, for a series of 11 sittings Feb. 3-12 in the intimate Pony Shed, located in the courtyard. For tickets to these Winter