Were the Davenport Brothers truly in touch with the spiritual realm, or did they simply claim to be mediums to foster their careers as stage magicians?
The full article is available in the Summer 2017 Issue.
What began as a small church band has evolved to become one of Western New York's most unique musical ensembles.
Working across the country as an Egyptian pharaoh, Japanese geisha and Indian Oil doctor, Edward Thorn entertained thousands of people during his career as a traveling performer. Thorn reached the peak of stardom with Buffalo Bill's Wild West, but also kept tight ties to Western New York.
Raymond Hartman's magic act dazzled audiences in vaudeville theaters across WNY and the country.
In the 1920s, a fire ravaged Gowanda and left only a pile of rubble where its grand Opera House once stood. The community was devastated, but a local businessman was waiting in the wings to construct its next great movie playhouse.