Halloween, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos – there are few cultures that have not, at one time or another, celebrated, honoured and propitiated their dead at certain moments in the year. Outside of any specific date, many of these cultures have also engaged in regular communion with the departed, alluding to a somewhat more nuanced perspective on the nature of life and death. Witches, shamans, spiritualists, occultists, mambo priestesses – the officiants of these communions went (and still go) by a variety of titles and served a wide and disparate number of functions. At times the pedigree and credibility of these practitioners has been questioned, and their intentions subject to considerable doubt. Tonight a conjuror will examine some of the claims made by those that believe and the rebuttals presented by those that don’t. Your attendance would be most welcome.