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Bert Reese

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Bert Reese
BornW. Berthold Riess
January 26, 1851
Poznań (Posen), Prussia (now Poland)
DiedJuly 8, 1926 (age 75)
Hamburg, Germany

Bert Reese (1851-1926) was a mind reader known for is skill with Billet Reading and conveyed to his "sitters that he had X-ray vision, which enabled him to discern written messages.


Reese emigrated to New York in 1861 and changed the spelling of his name to Reese. He became fascinated by a billet reader called Charles H. Foster, The Salem Seer, and eventually became his pupil.

He reputation grew and psychic researchers, including Baron von Schrenck Notzing, hailed him as a remarkable clairvoyant, psychic, and message giver. He never declared himself to be a spiritualist, nor did he profess to have supernatural powers.[1]


  1. The Mind Readers - Masters of Deception by William V. Rauscher (2002)
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  • Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Vol. 2, (M-Z), Reese, Bert (1851–1926), page 1295
  • Lives of the Conjurers Volume One (2014), by Michael Solomon, Bert Reese, page 132