Inside the attraction, there was an enormous mirror maze, then a succession of 150 French plate convex and concave mirrors that distorted the visitor’s reflection in hundreds of grotesque and ridiculous manners, always creating infectious laughter.. A mysterious collection of cabinets, contained surprises, tricks and jokes.
The funhouse included outrageous art work and scenery, volcanic fires, a crowd-watched collapsing chair trick, a dark winding tunnel, Cave of the Winds (blasts of compressed air spouted up from the floor, Hall of Laughter, Mystic Bottomless Well, Spring of Mirth, a 3-story circular slide called Helter Skelter and ended in- Dead Man's Alley, a circular slide.
You had a choice of exiting through a door or down a two story slide to the outside.
On Nov. 14, 1904, Temple of Mirth manager Ferdinand Akoun was shot in the head and seriously wounded by Alfred Laws, a watchman employed by the Mysterious Asia attraction. The shooting occurred on the street, packed with sightseers. A crowd chased Laws to The Pike entrance, where he was arrested by a police officer.