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Mysteries of the Seance by 'Anonymous'B. W. McCarron presents...
Mysteries of the Seance
by "Anonymous"

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 book 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

Revised and expanded reprint of the 1905 second (Lunt Brothers) edition. 105 pages + supplement. New content added, including 16 illustrations. Every word has been reset in crystal clear, digital type. PDF format. ($6 US)

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