Explore the Spirit World at The Conjuring

October 9, 2014

People have seen things at Hotel Congress. Maybe they'll speak up during your Conjuring show in a room that mysteriously was the only one to survive the fire that destroyed the hotel's third floor in 1934. The room hasn't been open to the public since the fire.

People have seen things at Hotel Congress. Maybe they’ll speak up during your Conjuring show in a room that mysteriously was the only one to survive the fire that destroyed the hotel’s third floor in 1934. The room hasn’t been open to the public since the fire.

by Brad Poole 

Next time you go to Hotel Congress, know this – people have died there.

And if you want to tap into that, this is your month to do it. The highly entertaining and informative tour/medium show The Conjuring is happening weekly through October, during which, as you will learn on the tour, spirits and other energies from beyond this world make themselves especially, um, available.

The $12 show starts with a brief tour of hotel, which was built in 1919. Built as a harbor for wealthy visitors from back East, the hotel is restored to its 1920s glory.

The first tour stop is a room where a woman – just 12 years ago – came to an unfortunate end. Room 242 is just at the top of the staircase leading from the lobby, so if you feel a chill when you walk past … If you’re brave, ask to say in the room. I’ll let your Conjuring guide, a longtime employee of the hotel, Harold, give you the details.

Something ... happened in Room 242 at Hotel Congress. Find out what at The Conjuring, a show that includes a short tour linking the hotel to it's past with the passed.

Something … happened in Room 242 at Hotel Congress. Find out what at The Conjuring, a show that includes a short tour linking the hotel to it’s past with the passed.

Down the hall, also on the second floor, is a room where a longtime resident of the hotel also died. Not an unfortunate end, necessarily, but he definitely ended – after living there 35 years – at the hotel. You will touch objects he owned, if you dare.

From there the tour heads to the third floor of the hotel, most of which burned away in a 1934 fire after which John Dillinger’s gang was arrested. One room survived – and it’s the center of the show. Closed to the public since the fire, the room is now cleared.

The show – trippy, entertaining mix of ghost writing, card magic (which kind of blew my mind) and eerie exposure to parts of Tucson history you won’t get anywhere else. Kenneth Macabre and medium Miss Malanga thoroughly tripped out several people, including me, during a preview show.

So if you want to get in touch with your inner ghost … and the ones that have been reported at Hotel Congress, check out The Conjuring.

Shows run at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of the show. Shows are limited to 30 guests.

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