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Margery Crandon

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Margery Crandon
BornMina Stinson
July 29, 1889
Princeton, Ontario, Canada
DiedNovember 1, 1941 (age 52)
Boston, Massachusetts
Resting placeForest Hills Cemetery (Boston)

Margery Stinson Crandon (1889-1941) was a medium and wife of a wealthy Boston surgeon and socialite, Dr. Le Roi Goddard Crandon.


Mina was married twice. After a clairvoyance sitting in 1923, her second husband, Dr. Le Roi Goddard Crandon, influenced her to become a medium. In the December, 1922, issue of Scientific American, the magazine had announced a $5,000 prize for psychic phenomena. Mina Crandon took part in the tests. It was the writer and member of the test committee J Malcolm Bird (an admirer of her abilities) who gave her the name Margery the Medium to hide her identity.

She was examined by Harry Houdini who put her through several inconclusive tests. At one Séance, she produced a thumbprint in dental wax that was supposedly made by her spirit guide, Walter (her deceased brother). The print, however, turned out to be that of her very much alive dentist. Having finally been discredited, Margery slowly went out of business, dying an alcoholic.[1][2]


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  • Light: a journal of spiritual progress & psychical research, February 1926, “Margery” and her Phenomena, Lantern Lecture by Mr. Harry Price, page 76
  • The Sphinx Vol. 25, No. 7, September 1926, The Mystery of Spiritualism vs. Spiritualism, – Medium and Science – Flim-Flammer, Flim-Flaming, or "Putting it up to Margery", By Oscar S. Teale, page 195
  • The Sphinx Vol. 40, No. 9, November 1941, Margery Dies, page 280
  • M-U-M, Vol. 47, No. 9, February 1958, THE CONSUMMATE CONFUSER, by Robert Lund, page 394
  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 89, N. 4, September 1999, Margery the Séance Issue, Number 10 Lime Street, The Career of Margery the Medium, by David R. Goodsell, page 19