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
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.
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.
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.