Many Disney Parks lovers have certain attractions that they are particularly in love with, and one of the most popular is The Haunted Mansion. In fact, it is so popular that many people collect items associated with it and swap tales and back stories about it.
Although there are tons of new items (Disney has always been great at merchandising) I like items from the first couple of years best. Here is one of thise items:
This book of magic tricks was sold at Disneyland when the Haunted Mansion first opened. It has quite a few tricks that are loosly based on the attraction (ok...very loosly based), but the fun is in the illustrations and art work. Also, this little book reveals a real secret about the HM!
For many years, fans have considered "Master Gracey" to be the master of the house. This comes from a tombstone in the family plot dedicated to imagineer Yale Gracey. The "Master" part throws people because it is generally forgotten that "master" used to refer to a boy, not an actual "master."
So, who was the real "master" of the Mansion? The book tells us! Take a look at this!
Yup, Phineas J. Pock was supposed to be the real master of The Haunted Mansion. He is actually mentioned in other early records as well, but he was, sadly, forgotten.
So now, when you hear people going on and on about "Master Gracey" you can rest assured that the real shadowy figure in the background goes by the name of Pock...Phineas Pock.
Keep searching for treasure!