American women who as children were at the centre of poltergeist-type disturbances in 1848 and became progenitors of the Spiritualist movement. Their later claim to have faked their 'rapping' phenomena remains controversial.
Mediums & Psychics
Irish trance medium (1893-1970) who worked with researchers to investigate her psychic abilities and founded the Parapsychology Foundation to support academic parapsychology.
Brazilian medium (1949-2018) well-known in Brazil and Europe for paintings made in trance at high speed and attributed to deceased artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso.
Israeli-born celebrity psychic known for metal-bending and telepathic feats.
Texts communicated through a medium, seemingly by deceased former monks of Glastonbury Abbey in the southwest of England in an attempt to help an archaeologist with excavations.
Investigation of a Florida housewife who exhibits psychic effects, notably the spontaneous, involuntary and seemingly inexplicable appearance on her skin and clothes of flakes of golden-like brass foil.
Icelandic trance medium (1914-1977) who was investigated in the 1970s by Erlendur Haraldsson, and who produced notable examples of 'drop-in' communications and xenoglossy.
Report of a controversial investigation by the newly founded Society for Psychical Research, which concluded that claims of seance-type phenomena relating to leaders of Theosophy, principally Helena Blavatasky, were false.
Daniel Dunglas Home (1833-1886) was perhaps the best-known spirit medium of the nineteenth century, associated with a wide range of psychokinetic phenomena, of which some were observed in controlled conditions.