Michigan · Newspaper clippings

Cursed mirror refuses to be moved

From the Chicago Tribune
Published February 21, 1936

A dying man placed a mirror on a steel table while prophesying no one would be able to pick it up. Over the next 24 hours, many tried to remove it, with a nurse finally completing the task using an ice pick.

Several theories to the supposedly cursed mirror were offered, including a vacuum created between the smooth surfaces of the steel table and mirror, a chemical bond sealing the two items after sweat from the dying man’s hand reacted to the quicksilver of the mirror, or simply the power of suggestion.

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