Forgotten Alchemists, Ritual Magicians, and Balloonists of London: Introducing Margaret and George Graham

The husband and wife duo of Margaret and George Graham were two of London’s most famous balloonists. Their exploits in the heights captured Britain’s imagination, but their occult fascinations remained unknown until recently. Astrology and alchemy! Balloon crashes! The secrets of the Mercurii! More balloon crashes! A mysteriously altered Key of Solomon! Did we mention balloon crashes? Author and librarian Dan Harms speaks on these fascinating figures of late Georgian-era London.

Speaker Bio:

Dan Harms is a librarian and author from upstate New York, and editor of the Llewellyn annotated edition of The Long-Lost Friend. He has also edited The Book of Oberon, Angels, Demons, and Spirits, and the Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia. His research interests include early modern grimoires, nineteenth-century ritual magic, and roleplaying games.

Curated and Hosted by Dr Amy Hale

Dr. Amy Hale is an Atlanta-based anthropologist and folklorist writing about esoteric history, art, culture, women and Cornwall in various combinations. Her biography of Ithell Colquhoun, Genius of the Fern Loved Gully, is available from Strange Attractor Press, and she is also the editor of the forthcoming collection Essays on Women in Western Esotericism: Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses from Palgrave Macmillan. Other writings can be found at her Medium site and her website

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