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Emma Hardinge Britten
Emma Hardinge Britten
Emma Hardinge Britten
(2 May 1823 – 2 October 1899) was an English advocate for the early Modern Spiritualist Movement. Much of her life and work was recorded and published in her speeches and writing on the spiritual movement, and an incomplete autobiography was edited by her sister. She is remembered as a writer, orator, and practitioner of the movement. Her books, Modern American Spiritualism
Spiritualism
(1870) and Nineteenth Century Miracles (1884), are detailed accounts of the history of early modern spiritualism movement in America.Contents1 Career 2 Publications 3 Further reading 4 ReferencesCareer[edit] Hardinge was born in London, England in 1823 under the name Emma Floyd; her father Ebenezer was a schoolteacher, and died in 1834
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William H. Mumler
William H. Mumler
William H. Mumler
(1832–1884) was an American spirit photographer who worked in New York and Boston.[1] His first spirit photograph was a self-portrait which developed to apparently show his deceased cousin. Mumler then left his job as a jeweller, instead opting to work as a full-time photographer, taking advantage of the large number of people who had lost relatives in the American Civil War. Perhaps his two most famous works are the photograph of Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Todd Lincoln
with the ghost of her husband Abraham Lincoln, and his photo of Master Herrod, a medium, with three spirit guides. After being accused of various activities, he was taken to court for fraud, with noted showman P. T. Barnum
P. T. Barnum
testifying against him. Though found not guilty, his career was over, and he died in poverty. Today, Mumler's photos are known to be fakes
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Doris Collins
Doris Collins (1918-2003) was a British spiritualist and psychic medium.[1]Contents1 Biography 2 Skepticism 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] Collins was born on 10 February 1918 in Essex, England
Essex, England
and was the youngest of a family of nine children. From a young age Collins claimed to be able to see spirits a psychic ability she said to have throughout her life.[2] She attended a Spiritualist church
Spiritualist church
and in 1958 became the president of Woodford National Spiritualist Church in Essex
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Derek Acorah
Derek Acorah
Derek Acorah
(born Derek Francis Johnson on 27 January 1950) describes himself as a spiritual medium.[1] He is best known for his television work on Most Haunted, broadcast on Living TV (2002–2010). He has received a lot of criticism casting doubts over his legitimacy as a medium.[2][3][4]Contents1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Parody 4 Bibliography 5 References 6 External linksCareer[edit] Acorah's first appearance was on the satellite TV channel Granada Breeze in 1996. During his five years with the channel, he began with Livetime before later appearing weekly on Psychic Livetime. He also appeared on Predictions which started out as a showcase for various studio guests but later became a vehicle for Acorah alone and renamed Predictions with Derek Acorah.[5][6] In July 2001, Acorah joined a new British television programme called Haunting Truths. It was subsequently sold to Living and renamed Most Haunted
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Rosemary Altea
Rosemary Altea (born Rosemary Edwards) is a British author who describes herself as a medium and healer. She has appeared on various programs, including Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and featured in the series premier of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! alongside mentalist Mark Edward. She has written six books and claims to have a "healing foundation".Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Criticism 4 Books 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Altea was born Rosemary Edwards [1] in Leicester, England to Lilian and William Edwards, and has two brothers and three sisters.[2] Rosemary claims to have had psychic visions from a young age, causing parents to threaten to commit her to a mental asylum.[1] Her formal education ended at the age of 16 when she left school and then got married when she was 19
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Charles Bailey (medium)
Charles Bailey (1870–1947) was an Australian apport medium who was exposed as a fraud.[1]Contents1 Career 2 References 3 Further reading 4 External linksCareer[edit] Bailey was born in Melbourne. He worked as a bootmaker and became a famous apport medium. He claimed with the help of his spirit guide "Abdul" that he could apport live items such as fish, crabs, turtles, coins, stones and antiques in the séance room.[2] In 1910, Bailey was exposed as a fraud in Grenoble, France
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Ada Besinnet
Ada Maud Besinnet Roche (1890–1936) also known as Ada Bessinet was an American spiritualist medium.[1][2] Career[edit] Besinnet was known for materializing 'phantom' faces, producing voices and 'psychic' lights in her séances. Psychical researchers were convinced that all her phenomena were fraudulent but some suggested she may have been in a dissociated state.[2] Researchers found the phantom faces suspicious, commenting that they had a strong resemblance to her own face.[3] Besinnet refused to sit with the magician Harry Houdini.[4] She had been exposed as a fraud by an undercover magician Fulton Oursler. During the séance he heard the medium leaving her chair, moved his shoe over the seat and discovered she was not there. Oursler in his exposure wrote that Besinnet had easily performed the phenomenon herself by getting up and moving around the room making noises. He had studied ventriloquism and stated all the voices were her own
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Eddy Brothers
The Eddy Brothers
Eddy Brothers
were William and Horatio Eddy, two American mediums best known in the 1870s, who claimed psychic powers.Contents1 Biography 2 Tricks 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit]A sketch revealing the séance trick that Horatio (left) would use.The brothers were sons of Zephaniah Eddy and his wife Julia Maccombs, natives of Vermont. It was claimed that their family could be traced back to the Salem witch trials, and that they had a long history of psychic ability. Growing up on a small farm near Chittenden, Vermont, both brothers claimed to have exhibited strong psychic abilities from an early age. Both the sons took up mediumship and held séances, they claimed to perform ectoplasm materializations and communicate with spirit guides
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Bangs Sisters
The Bangs Sisters, Mary "May" E. Bangs (1862-1917) and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Snow Bangs (1859-1920), were two fraudulent spiritualist mediums from Chicago, who made a career out of painting the dead or " Spirit
Spirit
Portraits".[1][2][3]Contents1 Career 2 Fraud 3 References 4 Further readingCareer[edit]1905 Newspaper Ad: "The Bangs Sisters"Elizabeth was born in 1859 to Edward D. Bangs (1827-1899) and Meroe L. Stevens Bangs (1832-1917) while they were living in Atchison, Kansas, and Mary was born there in 1862. Edward was a tinsmith and stove repairman, originally from Massachusetts
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Stephen E. Braude
Stephen E. Braude (born April 17, 1945) is an American philosopher and parapsychologist. He is a past president of the Parapsychological Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration, and a professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.Contents1 Career1.1 Parapsychology2 Writings2.1 Books 2.2 Articles3 Notes 4 External linksCareer[edit] Braude received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1971.[1] After working as a lecturer in the philosophy department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he found a permanent home at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, working successively as an assistant, associate, and full professor. He served as the Chair of the Philosophy
Philosophy
department between 1998 and 2005
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Rosemary Brown (spiritualist)
Rosemary Isabel Brown (27 July 1916 – 16 November 2001) was an English composer, pianist and spirit medium who claimed that dead composers dictated new musical works to her. She created a small media sensation in the 1970s by presenting works purportedly dictated to her by Claude Debussy, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Igor Stravinsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann
and Sergei Rachmaninoff.Contents1 Life 2 Critical reception 3 Publications 4 ReferencesLife[edit]Franz Liszt, one of the deceased musicians Brown claimed to have communicated withRosemary Isabel Dickeson was born in London in 1916. She claimed to have been only seven years old when she was first introduced to the world of dead musicians
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Sylvia Browne
Sylvia Celeste Browne (née Shoemaker; October 19, 1936 – November 20, 2013)[1] was an American author who claimed to be a medium with psychic abilities. She appeared regularly on television and radio, including on The Montel Williams Show and Larry King
Larry King
Live TV shows and hosted an hour-long Internet radio
Internet radio
show on Hay House Radio. Browne was frequently discredited, and faced criticism for making pronouncements that were later proven false, including those related to missing persons such as Shawn Hornbeck and Amanda Berry; Jon Ronson in The Guardian
The Guardian
dubbed her "America's most controversial psychic". Browne was also a convicted criminal, having faced fraud and theft charges in 1992
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Eva Carrière
Eva Carrière
Eva Carrière
(born Marthe Béraud 1886 in France, died sometime after 1922), also known as Eva C, was a prominent spiritualist and psychic medium in the early 20th century.Contents1 Biography 2 Investigations 3 Gallery 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External linksBiography[edit] Béraud was born 1886 in France, the daughter of a French officer.[1][2] She became engaged to Maurice Noël, a soldier who died in the Congo from tropical disease in 1904 before the marriage could take place. Béraud lived with General Elie Noël and his wife at Villa Carmen in Algiers. She claimed she developed her mediumship ability after the death of her fiancé.[3] In 1905, she held a series of séances at Villa Carmen and sitters were invited
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Florence Cook
Florence Cook
Florence Cook
(ca 1856 – 22 April 1904) was a medium who claimed to materialise a spirit, "Katie King". The question of whether the spirit was real or a fraud was a notable public controversy of the mid-1870s. Her abilities were endorsed by Sir William Crookes
William Crookes
but many observers were sceptical of Crookes's investigations, both at the time and subsequently.Contents1 Biography 2 Notes 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] Cook was a teenage girl who started to claim mediumistic abilities in 1870 and in 1871–2 she developed her abilities under the established mediums Frank Herne and Charles Williams. Herne was associated with the spirit "John King", and Florence became associated with "Katie King", stated to be John King's daughter
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Table-turning
Table-turning
Table-turning
(also known as table-tapping, table-tipping or table-tilting) is a type of séance in which participants sit around a table, place their hands on it, and wait for rotations. The table was purportedly made to serve as a means of communicating with the spirits; the alphabet would be slowly called over and the table would tilt at the appropriate letter, thus spelling out words and sentences. The process is similar to that of a Ouija
Ouija
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Mina Crandon
Mina "Margery" Crandon (1888–November 1, 1941) was a well known psychical medium who claimed that she channeled her dead brother, Walter Stinson. Investigators who studied Crandon concluded that she had no genuine paranormal ability, and others detected in her outright deception.[1][2] She was the wife of a wealthy Boston
Boston
surgeon and socialite, Dr. Le Roi Goddard Crandon.Contents1 Biography 2 Scientific American2.1 Ruler
Ruler
incident3 Investigations 4 Fraud 5 Secret accomplice 6 Gallery 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External linksBiography[edit] Crandon grew up on a farm in Princeton, Ontario, Canada, but moved to Boston
Boston
as a young woman. While working as a secretary of a local church in Boston, she met and married Earl Rand, a grocer. They had one son.[3] She later met Dr
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