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A séance is a spiritualist meeting to receive communications from the dead. Usually, a group is led by a medium in a very dark room (to make deception easier) who, often with an assistant, produces noises and voices, and moves things about the room, insisting these are caused by spirits of the dead.

See also apport, automatic writing, Camp Chesterfield, channeling, electronic voice phenomenon, ghost, Lily Dale, medium, Ouija board, spirit, and spiritualism.

further reading


Keene, M. Lamar. The Psychic Mafia (Prometheus, 1997).

Rawcliffe, Donovan Hilton. Occult and Supernatural Phenomena (New York: Dover Publications, 1988).


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