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October 8th, 2007
Matthew J. Cassiere presents "Epitaph: An Intimate Séance Experience" at the Fleisher Art Memorial

This October, the historic and allegedly haunted Sanctuary of the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial will play host to an experiment in the supernatural, when noted necromancer Matthew J. Cassiere (better known as “Matt The Knife”) will lead brave souls through Epitaph: An Intimate Séance Experience. On the evenings of October 26th and 27th, Mr. Cassiere will part the Veil of Death as he guides you through an encounter with the Other Side. Limited to no more than 8 persons per session, this is sure to be an experience you will never forget. Come and speak to the dead, explore the ethereal plane, and learn what lies Beyond…if you dare!

The ancient Celts believed that at this time of year the division between this world and the next is quite thin, making supernatural encounters not only possible but unavoidable. As the nights become longer, one might expect to encounter ghosts and evil spirits, and it is for this reason that we light protective jack-o-lanterns on Hallow’een. Who knows what haints and wraiths will be revealed when brought forth by Mr. Cassiere to speak with those assembled?

In order to allow as many people as possible to have this unique otherworldly experience, Matthew Cassiere will offer sessions at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 PM each evening. Seating for each session of Epitaph is limited to no more than eight persons, so advance reservations are highly recommended. Admission is $38 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Matthew J. Cassiere is an entertainer of the highest order: magician, sideshow performer, escape artist, lecturer, and consultant. A holder of eleven Guinness World Records™, Matt has performed around the globe, appeared on numerous television shows (including programs for the Discovery Channel, CNN, BBC, China’s CCTV, The History Channel, and Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!), and has been reviewed by The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among many others. Cassiere also holds membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Society of American Magicians, Canadian Association of Magicians, Escape Masters, Sword Swallowers Association International, and the National Association for Campus Activities.

Founded as the Graphic Sketch Club in 1898, The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial is best known as the country’s oldest and largest free and low-tuition visual arts program for adults and children. The Memorial has been administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art since the death of Samuel S. Fleisher in 1945.

Fleisher’s programs are supported in part by the Samuel Fleisher Trust; grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Independence Foundation, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program and Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Philadelphia Foundation; and gifts from hundreds of students and other interested individuals.

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