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During the 1920's, when vaudeville was waning, magicians sought to supplement their income with another type of magic performance. These performances captured the public's interest due to the popularity of Spiritualism at the time. Communication with the dead was becoming fashionable. The magicians who created these "Spook Shows" used their existing illusions, plus new methods. to conjure up "spirits" or "spooks" during these live performances. The shows were immensely popular, and were often held at movie theaters before or after the movie, the most popular time being "midnight" performances.