The Unhappy Medium

These difficulties prompted the captain to seek the aid of a lady medium. This gentle person not only spoke well of the offending spirit of the old pirate but also explained to the bachelor Captain Freeman that he was soon to marry and ...

Author: Earl Wesley Fornell

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9781477305973

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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“Here, Mr. Split-Foot, do as I do!” exclaimed the child, and the spirits obeyed her command. Thus, in 1848, thirteen-year-old Margaret Fox inaugurated the age of spiritualism. Those early spirit manifestations in a humble New York farmhouse were “but the beginning of a grand seance which for the next half century was to see persons returned from the dead walking upon the earth, mingling freely with mortal Americans. Ceremonies were performed which united in wedlock the living and the dead; ghostly schoolboys returned from the land of the spirits to revisit their old schoolhouses, upsetting the dignity of earthly classrooms . . . Drivers of owl horsecars . . . were intrigued by beautiful female spirits who rode their cars at night and promptly vanished if approached for a fare.” The colorful career of Margaret Fox, the most famous medium of the era and the “fountainhead” of the cult of spiritualism, attracted the attention of the most prominent public figures of the day. For P. T. Barnum, this phenomenon was another novelty to present to the American public. Horace Greeley took a personal interest in Margaret and her sister; he gave the movement extensive publicity. Lincoln often invited Margaret Fox and other mediums to the White House for seances, during which attempts were made to invoke the spirit of the Lincolns’ dead son. Members of Congress, judges, and intellectuals of the day were well acquainted with her and with the spiritualist movement. The course of this spirit invasion and the many and varied means by which men communicated with dwellers of the other world are the subjects of this volume. With Margaret Fox the spirits spoke by rapping on floor and furniture. With others they communicated by writing on slates, by touching with ghostly hands, by moving furniture (one medium was so popular that his furniture followed him about like a pack of dogs). Some spirits spoke directly through the mouths of entranced mediums. And some were so bold—or so talented—that they were able to materialize in the flesh before properly receptive groups of people—and happy indeed was the devotee who received a warm embrace from a lovely young spirit lady or a handsome ghostly gentleman during such a materialization. The spirits who thus displayed their interest in this mortal world soon came to have a considerable influence over whole segments of the American population. For some, spiritualism was a comforting means of maintaining contact with loved ones now departed. For others it was a religion, a blessed aid on the road to salvation. For still others it provided practical assistance with more earthly problems. Many found in it intriguing puzzles for scientific investigation. And for the whole country it provided a constant source of excitement, interest, and entertainment. Written in spritely prose and permeated with a grave humor, this account of nineteenth-century spiritualism will be equally satisfying to the casual reader interested in a good story, and to the scholar seeking serious social history.

Suddenly Supernatural Unhappy Medium

“So I read the book you left for me, Alex — The Unhappy Medium. It was amazing!” I tried not to notice Ted's expression — he looked for the moment like the Unhappy Kenyon. It must be awkward discovering I knew his mom.

Author: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316052559

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 91

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In this third Suddenly Supernatural book, spirit-seeing Kat has pretty much overcome her fear of communicating with ghosts. But when she and best friend Jac visit the Whispering Pines Mountain House and Kat is challenged to help a deceased medium make her way back into the light, things get a little darker. From battling off dark spirits to fighting with Jac, Kat's week-long stay at the haunted mountain house is anything but relaxing. The question is what will be scarier: facing off with a misguided spirit or with her best friend, whose mother happens to be their chaperone?

Television Age

Remember how Li'l Abner , after a particularly tough day of being hoomin , would lament , " O , unhappy me ! ... A similar cry of hoomin anquish is now being raised by some tv critics . It goes like this : " O , unhappy medium !

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ISBN: OSU:32435056099187

Category: Television

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Evenings at home in spiritual s ance

to wrong and disturb at future séances ; and then the unhappy medium does not know why there are no good manifestations , and the then circle may go away dissatisfied and disappointed , asserting that that medium is not to be depended ...

Author: Georgiana Houghton

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ISBN: OXFORD:600079100

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The Religion of Manhood Or the Age of Thought

We should see tables suddenly starting off like a rocket , dragging after them the unhappy medium , with all the force of too “ manifest destiny , " to stop , Heaven only knows where ; and , the reciprocal action occurring , the medium ...

Author: John Hovey Robinson

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ISBN: BL:A0023395480

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Light

There are kinds of mediumship which are No'struggle for life ' ever alters its shades ; perfectly safe for some persons ... Many would have suspected I was tion are of two kinds ; sometimes the unhappy medium is prompted to err in the ...

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ISBN: HARVARD:HXRRUV

Category: Parapsychology

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The Psychological Review

It concerns the sufferings of mediums in general , and THE FIRST SEANCE IN ENGLAND OF THE DAVENPORT BROTHERS . ... disturb at future séances and then the unhappy medium does not know why there are no good manifestations " - ( possibly ...

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ISBN: HARVARD:32044105185433

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The Hidden Way Across the Threshold

The unhappy medium often endures painful suffering and agonies which are as real to himself as to the invisible intelligence that controls him . In this middle firmament , the Soul , at the ...

Author: J. C. Street

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ISBN: UOM:39015063544186

Category: First philosophy

Page: 640

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The North British Review

One day the unhappy medium , tempted by I know not what man or demon , violated his promise . He was retaken ( repris ) with a rigour which overwhelmed him . Coining in then by chance ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015030100427

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Routledge Library Editions Spiritualism

Los Angeles : The Austin Publishing Co. , 1924 . 391. Ford , Arthur , and Marguerite Harmon Bro . Nothing So Strange . New York , NY : Harper , 1958 . 392. Fornell , Earl . The Unhappy Medium : Spiritualism and the Life of Margaret Fox ...

Author: Various Authors

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000806946

Category: Religion

Page: 968

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The volumes in this set, originally published between 1974 and 1992, draw together research by leading academics in spiritualism, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines spirituality from a broad range of disciplines, from the spirituality in the Christian church, spirituality in Africa, and Afro-American religions, as well as examining the areas of channeling, mediumship and spirit possession. In this 3-volume set, there are two incredibly unique and insightful bibliographic source collections, examining both primary and secondary source listings across the subject of spiritualism and one volume providing field research into spirituality in the Christian church and in the occult. This collection is an incredibly useful tool for researchers examining the broad area of spiritualism and will be of interest to researchers, academics and students of anthropology, religion and sociology.