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The Mysteries of the Seance
by unknown


(1 review, 5 customer ratings) ★★★★

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The Mysteries of the Seance by unknown

The "tell-all" book that reveals the innermost secrets of "office" and seance mediums!

These are the very methods used by fraudulent spirit mediums to bilk the innocent public. Because this ebook lays bare the actual methods, the author chose to be anonymous, for fear of reprisals by crooked mediums and their followers. You'll learn the secrets of "Blood writing" (as sold by The Nelson Enterprises), ghostly apparitions, spirit slate writing, seance exhibitions, ballot tests, and many, many other pseudo-mediumistic stunts.

The author, a member of the Spiritualist religious movement, finally had enough of churches hiring bogus mediums and so-called "ministers" who performed fraudulent seances for a fee, in order to amaze the membership. He decided to reveal the actual methods employed by these con artists in hopes of educating the public.

Don't just take our word for it:

"Will aid the honest, painstaking [paranormal] investigator and prevent those who are seeking genuine spirit communion from being deceived and swindled." - The Progressive Thinker review
Recommended reading for mentalists, psychic entertainers, magicians, haunted house operators, paranormal investigators and clients of office mediums.


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Tests and Messages
  • Sealed Letter and Ballot Reading
  • Independent Slate-Writing
  • Blood Writing
  • Spirit Pictures
  • Spirit Paintings
  • Spirit Typewriting
  • The Fire Test
  • Spirit Telegraphy
  • Trumpet Talking
  • Flower Materialization
  • Form Materialization
  • Spirit Control
  • Luminous Method
  • Manifestations on Demand
  • Can't Shake the True Believer
  • Cabinet-Free Manifestations
  • Rope Ties
  • Other Deceptions
  • The Wire Cage Test
  • Spirit Raps, Lights, etc.
  • Other Physical Manifestations
  • The Bag Test Fully Explained
  • Passing Matter Through Matter
  • Chemical Writing in Various Ways
  • Development, a Source of Revenue
  • Played for a Sucker
  • General Observations - Dark Circles
  • Startling Luminous Names
  • Why Not Provide Names of Fraudulent Mediums?
  • Rallying Around Fraudulent Mediums
  • Notes for Reflection
  • The Downward Course Portrayed
  • How to Do Away with Fakes
  • Always Use Your Reasoning Faculties
  • Some Miscellaneous Tricks
  • Numbers on Watches and Other Articles
  • Paraffin Molds of Spirit Hands
  • How to Detect Fraud
  • Trumpet Seances
  • A Word of Warning
  • The Famous Ballot Tests

2nd edition 1905, PDF 105 pages
word count: 30978 which is equivalent to 123 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Don Jarrard (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Sunday 21 August, 2022

Most of the stuff I already knew. But very educational. The chemical writing and spirit photos are the best. Yes - some chemicals can still be ordered from online markets. Recommended especially if you want something for newspaper publicity.