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Table Rappers: The Victorians And The Occult

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The Victorian age was the most haunted of all. At dark seances spectators goggled at spirit hands descending form above, and fondled 'spirits' who had coyly emerged from cabinets. The age of reason had done away with the supernatural. But the Victorians wanted it back and they made certain they got it. Astrology and fortune-telling enjoyed a boom, and in country districts ...more
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Published November 1st 2004 by Sutton Publishing
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Dianne
An overview of the spiritualist movement in America and Great Britain during the Victorian period. Dry in places, but overall informative and worth the effort (if you like this kind of thing).
Lysergius
The Victorian age was the most haunted of all. At dark seances spectators goggled at spirit hands descending form above, and fondled 'spirits' who had coyly emerged from cabinets. The age of reason had done away with the supernatural. But the Victorians wanted it back and they made certain they got it. Astrology and fortune-telling enjoyed a boom, and in country districts the witches and the cunning men plied their arts, selling and casting spells, and applying the evil eye. The Table-Rappers de ...more
Julie
At last I've found a good book on Victorian spiritualism. Well-written and well-researched, this is extremely easy to read with many insights into spiritualist practices and--even better--spiritualist frauds and how they were perpetrated. Very occasionally I felt like the author's personal prejudices edged their way into what was otherwise a very balanced text, but this didn't happen often enough to dampen my enthusiasm.

On the whole, a really interesting read.
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