Behind the Scenes With the Mediums

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Behind the Scenes With the Mediums
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AuthorDavid Abbott
PublisherOpen Court Publishing Company
Publication Date1907
LanguageEnglish
 

Behind the Scenes With the Mediums is one of the earliest books describing the methods of fraudulent psychics. Although the techniques used by psychics today may have changed, the basic principles described are worth learning by magicians.[1]


Contents

Quotes

"Elsewhere in this number will be found the ad and a review of Mr. David P. Abbott's book Behind the Scenes with the Mediums. In calling editorial attention to this book, I want to emphasize the fact that it is absolutely the best and most valuable work ever written and published on the expose of spiritualism. I have broken over my hard and fast rule never to sell anything but The Sphinx and have undertaken the sale of this book. I do this for two reasons: first, because of my warm personal regard for Mr. Abbott, and second, because I believe the readers of The Sphinx have enough confidence in me to know that the book must be of extraordinary value or I would not handle or advertise it."A. M. Wilson in The Sphinx, vol. 6, no. 7 (September 1907), page 78


Editions

A new chapter was added for the second edition of his book which included a billet test.

A fifth revised edition was published by The Open Court Publishing Company in 1916.

Table of Contents

  • HALF HOURS WITH MEDIUMS 1
  • SPIRIT SLATE WRITING AND BILLET TESTS 114
  • SOME MODERN SORCERY 193
  • MATERIALIZATION 235
  • VEST TURNING 260
  • CORRESPONDENCE WITH INQUIRERS 266
  • ADDENDA

References

  1. New York Times 1907 review


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