One evening's observation on the Margery mediumship


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Abstract

The authors describe their experiences of participating in a seance. The observations described are characterized as (1) conditions which permitted fraud, and which were not necessary for genuine mediumship, (2) some inconsistencies which look suspicious and which fraud alone will explain satisfactorily, and (3) positive evidence of fraudulent action. It is concluded that evidence of fraud or of damaging inconsistency was present in all of the seven acts of the evening, and ample reason to believe the whole seance to be premeditated and brazen trickery was found. While the authors do not expect it to be taken on authority by the reader, they have since acquired sufficient information from correspondence and reports of others, many still unpublished, to place the question of any particle of genuineness in the realm of utter absurdity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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