The Paris Opera House, circa 1900

The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists....
 
--Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, published 1911
 

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Do you desire to meet the Phantom of the Opera?
 
If you enter the Opera House at the front, you will see the Grand Staircase. Ignore it --to find the Phantom, you must go down, down, down to the Fifth Cellar and look for an underground lake. Once you locate it, do NOT try to cross without the Phantom's invitation -- the lake is booby-trapped. Instead, ring the bell and talk into the speaking tube on your side of the water. The Phantom will bring his boat over if he desires to see you. If he does not agree to meet you, turn around and leave RIGHT AWAY. Oh, and stay away from Box 5 in the auditorium --it is reserved for the Phantom.
 
If you still desire to visit the Opera Ghost, as he is sometimes called, click on one of the above links to enter the site. By the way, once he decides to trust you, he is a delightful conversationalist. If he does not warm up to you, however, keep your hand at eye-level, as if you were firing a pistol -- it may save your life. Good luck!