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.
Mediums & Psychics
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.
Icelandic trance medium (1883-1910) who produced physical phenomena of strength and variety comparable to that of DD Home. The phenomena were closely observed and detailed records were kept; no fraudulent behaviour was ever reported.
Communications through a trance medium purporting to come from the surviving spirit of a recently deceased teenager, that were highly evidential and are often cited as convincing evidence of survival of death.
Polish banker (1873-1943) who exhibited psychic abilities and for some years submitted to investigation as a materialization medium. His séances were notable for producing wax moulds of ectoplasmic forms.
British trance medium who collaborated with investigators of the Society for Psychical Research in the 1920s and 1930s, notable for innovative approaches such as proxy sittings and book tests.
The focus of poltergeist activity during his teens, Manning (b 1955) became a celebrity psychic and also collaborated in scientific experiments, before focusing on a career as a healer.
Persuasive 1980s survival case of a chess game played between Russian grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi and, via a medium, a communicator who identified himself as deceased Hungarian grandmaster Geza Maroczy.
Examines similarities between the personalities that communicate in trance mediumship and those that manifest in cases of dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder).
Describes the view of some scientists and medical professionals during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that mediumship was an abnormal, pathological condition.