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Seance Collection

Step into the mysterious world of the seance, where the veil between the living and the dead is lifted

Background imageSeance Collection: Seance room at the National Laboratory of Psychical Research

Seance room at the National Laboratory of Psychical Research
Undated photograph of corner of the sance room at the National Laboratory of Psychical Research, with trumpets on table. HPG/1/2/1 (vi)

Background imageSeance Collection: Mediumship / Seance

Mediumship / Seance
Raphael N Hutter attends a seance with an unnamed French medium

Background imageSeance Collection: Helen Duncan showing ectoplasm

Helen Duncan showing ectoplasm
Undated photograph of the Scottish medium Helen Duncan showing " ectoplasm" bunched around Duncans mouth and twisted into a tail between her legs. HPG/1/4/2 (iv)

Background imageSeance Collection: Seance with Rudi Sch

Seance with Rudi Sch
Artists impression of a seance with Austrian medium Rudi Schneider at London, under the supervision of Harry Price : the reality was seldom if ever as dramatic as this !

Background imageSeance Collection: Rudi Schneider Seance

Rudi Schneider Seance
Rudi Schneider (centre) - Austrian physical medium - and Harry Price (second right) re- enact their session - London

Background imageSeance Collection: MEDIUM DURING SÔÇ░ANCE, 1912. The medium Eva C. with a materialization on her head

MEDIUM DURING SÔÇ░ANCE, 1912. The medium Eva C. with a materialization on her head and a luminous apparition between her hands

Background imageSeance Collection: PARIS: FANCE, 1898. Seance with Eusapia Palladino at the home of Camille Flammarion, Rue Cassini

PARIS: FANCE, 1898. Seance with Eusapia Palladino at the home of Camille Flammarion, Rue Cassini. Photograph by H. Mairet, 25 November 1898

Background imageSeance Collection: Alleged Abnormal levitation of a table

Alleged Abnormal levitation of a table
Undated photograph of the alleged abnormal levitation of a table (inverted), photographed at a sance with Mrs Poole of Winnipeg. HPG/1/7/25

Background imageSeance Collection: Margery Seance - 4

Margery Seance - 4
Margery, in trance and her wrists held by sitters, exudes ectoplasm which spreads right across her face

Background imageSeance Collection: Seance, Leipzig

Seance, Leipzig
Spiritualism comes to Germany - a table-lifting seance at Leipzig in the early days

Background imageSeance Collection: Mediumship / Table Turning

Mediumship / Table Turning
A table turning seance gets out of hand in Lyon, France

Background imageSeance Collection: John Dee and Edward Kelly summoning the Dead, from a History of Magic

John Dee and Edward Kelly summoning the Dead, from a History of Magic
STC202512 John Dee and Edward Kelly summoning the Dead, from a History of Magic, published late 19th century (litho) by English School

Background imageSeance Collection: Hatcher Levitates

Hatcher Levitates
A F Hatcher, about whom little is known, levitates at a seance, holding a luminous tambourine enabling photographer Harold T Brown to focus his Kodak correctly

Background imageSeance Collection: Schneider Handkerchief

Schneider Handkerchief
In a seance with Harry Price, Austrian medium Rudi Schneider causes a handkerchief to move paranormally by psychokinesis

Background imageSeance Collection: Levitation Seance

Levitation Seance
At a dramatic seance, one of the sitters finds himself levitated while all kinds of trickery is in progress

Background imageSeance Collection: Flower Apports

Flower Apports
Supernormal flowers which were apported during a seance with the medium Miss X (the one standing)

Background imageSeance Collection: Eglinton & Figure

Eglinton & Figure
Full materialisation of a spirit entity at a seance with Eglinton as medium

Background imageSeance Collection: Kluski Figure

Kluski Figure
A mysterious figure, swathed in a white shroud, appears behind Kluski at a Warsaw seance

Background imageSeance Collection: Cartoon making fun of the craze for mediums

Cartoon making fun of the craze for mediums
2602590 Cartoon making fun of the craze for mediums; (add.info.: Cartoon by John Leech from Punch making fun of the London craze for mediums, table-turning)

Background imageSeance Collection: Cartoon on the craze for seances

Cartoon on the craze for seances
2602566 Cartoon on the craze for seances; (add.info.: Cartoon on the craze for seances and table turning when the medium Daniel Douglas Home was practising in London)

Background imageSeance Collection: Cartoon poking fun at the craze for seances

Cartoon poking fun at the craze for seances
2602591 Cartoon poking fun at the craze for seances; (add.info.: John Leech cartoon from Punch, London, 1853, poking fun at the craze for seances)

Background imageSeance Collection: Housemaid startled by a tilt-top table turning

Housemaid startled by a tilt-top table turning
2602570 Housemaid startled by a tilt-top table turning; (add.info.: Housemaid startled by a tilt-top table turning spontaneously)

Background imageSeance Collection: Levitation of a table during a seance at the home of M. Blech, Montfort l'Amaury

Levitation of a table during a seance at the home of M. Blech, Montfort l'Amaury, 27th July 1897 (b/w photo)
1742633 Levitation of a table during a seance at the home of M. Blech, Montfort l'Amaury, 27th July 1897 (b/w photo) ; (add.info)

Background imageSeance Collection: A Séance. Creator: Hugo Salmson

A Séance. Creator: Hugo Salmson
A Seance, unknown date

Background imageSeance Collection: Continuant... Le divertissement des tables tournantes... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier

Continuant... Le divertissement des tables tournantes... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
Continuant... Le divertissement des tables tournantes... 19th century. Parisian Sketches - continuing to engage in what is known as turntable entertainment

Background imageSeance Collection: Lady Macbeth. Study, 1899. Creator: Kristian Zahrtmann

Lady Macbeth. Study, 1899. Creator: Kristian Zahrtmann
Lady Macbeth. Study, 1899

Background imageSeance Collection: Chut...! ma fille entre en communication avec l'Esprit de Dante!... 19th century

Chut...! ma fille entre en communication avec l'Esprit de Dante!... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
Chut...! ma fille entre en communication avec l'Esprit de Dante!... 19th century. Shh! my daughter is entering into communication with the spirit of Dante!

Background imageSeance Collection: Florence Cook, medium, with Katie King behind her

Florence Cook, medium, with Katie King behind her
Florence Cook (c.1856-1904) was an English medium who claimed to materialise a spirit named Katie King. This photograph, taken during a seance at the house of William Crookes

Background imageSeance Collection: Opening of Julia's Bureau, with W T Stead and staff

Opening of Julia's Bureau, with W T Stead and staff
Group photo at the opening of Julia's Bureau, a seance circle, with W T Stead (far right) and staff. The Bureau was based in Mowbray House, Norfolk Street, London

Background imageSeance Collection: EGLINTON & WRITING

EGLINTON & WRITING
Slate writing by the spirits of the dead is demonstrated at an Eglinton seance Date: 1886

Background imageSeance Collection: Spirits materialise at a seance organised by Achille Borgnis ; they are illuminated by luminous

Spirits materialise at a seance organised by Achille Borgnis ; they are illuminated by luminous plaques Date: circa 1920

Background imageSeance Collection: Seance ordinaire des Etats de Languedoc, 1704 (engraving)

Seance ordinaire des Etats de Languedoc, 1704 (engraving)
3645529 Seance ordinaire des Etats de Languedoc, 1704 (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Seance ordinaire des Etats de Languedoc, 1704)

Background imageSeance Collection: Michel de Nostradame (1503-66) and Catherine de Medici (1519-89

Michel de Nostradame (1503-66) and Catherine de Medici (1519-89
XIR170490 Michel de Nostradame (1503-66) and Catherine de Medici (1519-89) 1559 (pen & ink and wash on paper) by French School, (16th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imageSeance Collection: The Lesson of Claude Bernard (1813-78) or, Session at the Vivisection Laboratory

The Lesson of Claude Bernard (1813-78) or, Session at the Vivisection Laboratory
XIR156881 The Lesson of Claude Bernard (1813-78) or, Session at the Vivisection Laboratory, 1889 (oil on canvas) by Lhermitte, Leon Augustin (1844-1925); 180x280 cm; Academie de Medecine, Paris

Background imageSeance Collection: Seance de fantasmagorie au dix-huitieme siecle (engraving)

Seance de fantasmagorie au dix-huitieme siecle (engraving)
6005526 Seance de fantasmagorie au dix-huitieme siecle (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Seance de fantasmagorie au dix-huitieme siecle)

Background imageSeance Collection: The magnetism, 1785 (engraving) (b / w photo)

The magnetism, 1785 (engraving) (b / w photo)
CHT252902 The magnetism, 1785 (engraving) (b/w photo) by English School, (18th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add.info)

Background imageSeance Collection: Dix-huitieme siecle, Une seance du Concours pour la tete d expression (engraving)

Dix-huitieme siecle, Une seance du Concours pour la tete d expression (engraving)
3645205 Dix-huitieme siecle, Une seance du Concours pour la tete d expression (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Dix-huitieme siecle)

Background imageSeance Collection: An Amazing Seance and an Exposure

An Amazing Seance and an Exposure
Cover design, An Amazing Seance and an Exposure, by Sydney A Moseley, introduction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 1919

Background imageSeance Collection: MEDIUMSHIP / WEBBER

MEDIUMSHIP / WEBBER
Jack Webber (1907-1940), English physical medium, uses ectoplasm to send objects round the seance-room Date: 1939

Background imageSeance Collection: Group magnetic therapy, illustration from Therapeutique Magnetique

Group magnetic therapy, illustration from Therapeutique Magnetique
CHT252904 Group magnetic therapy, illustration from Therapeutique Magnetique by Baron du Potet, 1863 (engraving) (b/w photo) by French School, (19th century); Bibliotheque de la Faculte de Medecine

Background imageSeance Collection: Illustration for du Potets work Therapeutique Magnetique

Illustration for du Potets work Therapeutique Magnetique
CHT223922 Illustration for du Potets work Therapeutique Magnetique, 1863 (engraving) (b/w photo) by French School, (19th century); Bibliotheque de la Faculte de Medecine, Paris

Background imageSeance Collection: Advert for The Mysterious Cave, the Parisian sensation (engraving)

Advert for The Mysterious Cave, the Parisian sensation (engraving)
608644 Advert for The Mysterious Cave, the Parisian sensation (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Advert for The Mysterious Cave, the Parisian sensation)

Background imageSeance Collection: Daniel Dunglas Home conjuring a hand to knot Empress Eugenies handkerchief

Daniel Dunglas Home conjuring a hand to knot Empress Eugenies handkerchief
488964 Daniel Dunglas Home conjuring a hand to knot Empress Eugenies handkerchief, illustration from Force Psychique by Yveling Rambaud, print made by Florian, published 1889 (engraving) by Besnard

Background imageSeance Collection: Seance du parlement qui declare la majorite de Louis XIII, tenue dans la Grand Chambre

Seance du parlement qui declare la majorite de Louis XIII, tenue dans la Grand Chambre, le 2 octobre 1614
963183 Seance du parlement qui declare la majorite de Louis XIII, tenue dans la Grand Chambre, le 2 octobre 1614, Collect A Bonnardot (engraving) by French School

Background imageSeance Collection: Interieur de la chambre des lords, Seance d ouverture (engraving)

Interieur de la chambre des lords, Seance d ouverture (engraving)
3644634 Interieur de la chambre des lords, Seance d ouverture (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Interieur de la chambre des lords, Seance d ouverture)

Background imageSeance Collection: Un Atelier en Plein Vent, La derniere seance (engraving)

Un Atelier en Plein Vent, La derniere seance (engraving)
3623957 Un Atelier en Plein Vent, La derniere seance (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Un Atelier en Plein Vent, La derniere seance)

Background imageSeance Collection: Punch cartoon: Last News from the Spirit World (engraving)

Punch cartoon: Last News from the Spirit World (engraving)
6034840 Punch cartoon: Last News from the Spirit World (engraving) by Du Maurier, George (1834-96) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Punch cartoon: Last News from the Spirit World)

Background imageSeance Collection: Fortune telling scene and signs of the Chinese zodiac, reproduced in

Fortune telling scene and signs of the Chinese zodiac, reproduced in
CHT169673 Fortune telling scene and signs of the Chinese zodiac, reproduced in Recherche sur les superstitions en Chine by Father Henri Dore and published in 1911 (colour litho)



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Step into the mysterious world of the seance, where the veil between the living and the dead is lifted. In the dimly lit Seance room at the National Laboratory of Psychical Research, mediums gather to communicate with spirits from beyond. Drawing inspiration from historical figures such as John Dee and Edward Kelly, who famously summoned the Dead in their quest for knowledge, these modern-day mediums harness their psychic abilities during a Seance. Their connection to another realm is palpable as they seek guidance and insight. One iconic image captures medium Helen Duncan showing ectoplasm, a substance believed to be evidence of spirit presence. This ethereal materialization adds an eerie touch to her already captivating performance. In another photograph, we witness Rudi Schneider engaging in a Seance. His intense focus suggests that he too possesses extraordinary powers that allow him to bridge worlds unseen by ordinary eyes. The enigmatic medium Eva C. , captured on film during a 1912 Seance by Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, showcases her unique abilities. With a luminous apparition between her hands and materialization on her head, she astounds those present with undeniable proof of spiritual phenomena. Traveling back in time to 1898 Paris, we find ourselves witnessing Eusapia Palladino's Seance at Camille Flammarion's home on Rue Cassini. The atmosphere is charged with anticipation as attendees eagerly await contact with departed loved ones or messages from other realms. Levitation takes center stage as tables defy gravity during alleged abnormal occurrences within these sacred gatherings. Witnesses are left awe-struck by this display of supernatural power that defies logical explanation. Margery's Seances also leave spectators spellbound; her ability to connect with spirits through table turning captivates all who bear witness. Her gift serves as a reminder that there are forces beyond our comprehension guiding us through life's mysteries. Finally, Willi Schneider enters our narrative, adding his own unique flair to the world of mediumship.