When I say witch’s ball I am not referring to Professor McGonagall’s keg party with Spud’s MacKenzie doing butter beer shots at Hogwarts. I am talking about a real life marble sphere in Michigan that mysteriously turns on its pedestal. In the back corner of the Memphis Cemetery, South of Memphis Michigan, is an enormous black marble spere that sits atop a granite pedestal. It marks the grave sites of the Miller family. The monument was placed in the cemetery after Eli Miller passed away in 1903. After the sphere mysteriously rotated it was given the moniker of Witch’s Ball by the locals.
Looking at the photo you notice a circle of rough marble on the 2800 pound sphere. That would have been the base when it was carved, and it was placed facing down. Over the years it has moved upward and no one has been able to explain it. Some say it’s from the freeze-thaw cycles but it highly unlikely. And it’s too heavy for someone to push it around by hand. It remains a mystery as to how it rotated.
Some believe the ball has mystical powers and if you look into it, along with your reflection you will see apparitions and other spirits reflecting back at you. Others have said they have heard strange noises coming from the woods behind the cemetery. When I visited I did not see anything unusual. It was a beautiful cemetery with a plethora of ornate old headstones.
If you visit it please be respectful and follow the cemetery rules.
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