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Douglas Blackburn

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Douglas Blackburn
BornAugust 6, 1857
Southwark, England
DiedMarch 28, 1929 (age 71)
Tonbridge, England

Douglas Blackburn (1857-1929), the editor of The Brightonian, performed a Second Sight act with G. A. Smith, who would later become a British filmmaker.


From 1882, Blackburn assisted smith in a second sight act. Smith would claim that genuine telepathy was practiced, though Blackburn would later admit that the act was a hoax.

Blackburn went on to South Africa and wrote six novels on African life. [1]


  • Thought-reading, or, Modern mysteries explained: being chapters on thought-reading, occultism, mesmerism, &c., forming a key to the psychological puzzles of the day, (1884)


  1. ESP, Seers & Psychics By Milbourne Christopher (1970)