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Revealing the real madame d'esperance: An historical and psychological investigation

Journal article
Authors Adrian Parker
Published in Journal of Scientific Exploration
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 233-266
ISSN 08923310
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 233-266
Language English
Keywords Altered states, Dissociation, History of psychical research, Mediumship, Perception, Sensory perception, Critical evaluation, England, History of psychical researches, Physical medium, Psychological process, Natural sciences
Subject categories 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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