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Revealing the real Madam D'esperance: A historial and psychological investigation

Journal article
Authors Adrian Parker
Elisabeth Wadrwood
Published in Journal of Scientific Exploration
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 233-256
ISSN 0892-3310
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 233-256
Language en
Links https://www.scientificexploration.o...
Keywords dissociation—perception—history of psychical research—altered states
Subject categories Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology), Cognitive science, Psychology

Abstract

Madame d’Esperance was a physical medium, well-known for her materialized forms, which bereaved sitters often recognized as their dead relatives. A critical evaluation is made of her acclaimed autobiographical account, Shadow Land, with a particular focus on her activities, first in Newcastle, England, and then in Gothenburg, Sweden. In this process, we had access to recently discovered archives and rare publications. A presentation is made of some of the fraudulent methods used by physical mediums and the possible psychological processes behind the remarkable experiences of the sitters attending séances.

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