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Background imageFraud Collection: Mediumship / Marriott

Mediumship / Marriott
WILLIAMs MARRIOTT EXPOSES Marriott simulates Polish medium Stanislawa Tomczyks levitation of a glass tumbler in full light

Background imageFraud Collection: Farrows Bank Ltd. - The Peoples Bank

Farrows Bank Ltd. - The Peoples Bank - 1 Cheapside, London. In setting up the bank, Thomas Farrow wished not only that unsuspecting people in need of money to tide them over a period of temporary

Background imageFraud Collection: Helen Duncan - Ectoplasm & Teleplasmic hand

Helen Duncan - Ectoplasm & Teleplasmic hand
Piece of card showing two undated photographs of the Scottish medium Helen Duncan blindfolded during a sance, producing " ectoplasm" and a " hand"

Background imageFraud Collection: Piltdown forgery meeting

Piltdown forgery meeting
Meeting to present the extent of the forgery at the Geological Society of London at Burlington House on 30 June 1954

Background imageFraud Collection: Photograph of the Scottish medium Helen Duncan during sance

Photograph of the Scottish medium Helen Duncan during sance with " ectoplasm" wrapped around her head and the end tucked into her nostrils, May 1931

Background imageFraud Collection: Notebook and wig of Justice Hawkins

Notebook and wig of Justice Hawkins
A notebook and wig once belonging to the English Judge, Justice Hawkins (Henry Hawkins, 1st Baron Brampton), given to Horatio William Bottomley, Liberal MP

Background imageFraud Collection: Geologists at Piltdown

Geologists at Piltdown
Geologists Association party visiting the pit at Piltdown on 12 July 1913

Background imageFraud Collection: Advert, Bryant & May's Patent Safety Matches

Advert, Bryant & May's Patent Safety Matches. Date: 1868

Background imageFraud Collection: Ethel Beenham, Harry Price's secretary, demonstrates how a skilful medium can perform any number

Ethel Beenham, Harry Price's secretary, demonstrates how a skilful medium can perform any number of psychic phenomena even though her hands and feet are tied. Date: 1930s ?

Background imageFraud Collection: French spirit photographer Edouard Isidore Buguet (1840-1901) is cleared of evil fluids by a medium

French spirit photographer Edouard Isidore Buguet (1840-1901) is cleared of evil fluids by a medium, before he takes a spirit photograph: he was convicted of fraud in 1874 Date: circa 1874

Background imageFraud Collection: Valentine postcard, Man borrows money from his girlfriend Date: 20th century

Valentine postcard, Man borrows money from his girlfriend Date: 20th century

Background imageFraud Collection: English gentleman consulting a somniloquist, 18th century

English gentleman consulting a somniloquist, 18th century
English gentleman consulting a somniloquist in his chambers, 18th century. The sleeping fortune teller lies in a bed in a room decorated with crocodile skin, Egyptian figures and incense burners

Background imageFraud Collection: English gentleman at the tomb of Petrarchs muse, Laura

English gentleman at the tomb of Petrarchs muse, Laura de Sade, Laure des Noves, in the Chapelle des Sade, convent of the Cordeliers, Avignon. At the tomb of Laura

Background imageFraud Collection: DOYLE IN SPIRIT PHOTO

DOYLE IN SPIRIT PHOTO
Conan Doyles image turns up in a spirit photo done by Charles Hope (1863-1933). Hope was frequently accused of fraud, so this photograph may not be genuine. Date: 1920s

Background imageFraud Collection: What are the wild wave saying? Liar

What are the wild wave saying? Liar
What are the wild wave saying? (" Liar" ) Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFraud Collection: Automatic photograph of sitters and Rudi Schneider at sance

Automatic photograph of sitters and Rudi Schneider at sance
Automatic photograph of sitters and Rudi Schneider at a sance at the National Laboratory of Psychical Research, 8 March 1932. Harry Price and Professor David Fraser-Harris are controlling Schneider

Background imageFraud Collection: Scottish medium Helen Duncan during sance with ectoplasm

Scottish medium Helen Duncan during sance with ectoplasm
Photograph of the Scottish medium Helen Duncan during sance with " ectoplasm" wrapped around her head and the end tucked into her nostrils, May 1931. HPG/1/4/2 (x)"

Background imageFraud Collection: Leonide Pigeaire

Leonide Pigeaire
LEONIDE PIGEAIRE claims to be able to read blindfolded when she is magnetised : though accused of fraud, the question has never been resolved Date: 1837

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott fake seance with flying banjo

Paranormal: William S. Marriott fake seance with flying banjo
A banjo floats mysteriously in the air at one of William S. Marriotts fake seances, thanks to a hook in the curtain, manipulated by the medium. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott exposes levitation trick

Paranormal: William S. Marriott exposes levitation trick
The British magician William S. Marriott simulates Polish medium Stanislawa Tomczyks levitation of an object in full light. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Ted Serios, American thoughtographer

Ted Serios, American thoughtographer
Theodore (Ted) Judd Serios (1918-2006), American thoughtographer. He took photographs which he claimed were infuenced by his own psychic powers, though several people claimed it was a trick

Background imageFraud Collection: Martin Alister Campbell Hinton (1883-1961)

Martin Alister Campbell Hinton (1883-1961)
Portrait of Martin Alister Campbell Hinton, a zoologist and keeper of zoology at the British Museum (Natural History). From Piltdown, A Scientific Forgery

Background imageFraud Collection: Helen Duncan during a sance showing ectoplasm

Helen Duncan during a sance showing ectoplasm
Double photograph of the Scottish medium Helen Duncan during a sance showing " ectoplasm" wrapped around her head and reaching down to the floor, May 1931

Background imageFraud Collection: Undated photograph of the Scottish medium Helen Duncan

Undated photograph of the Scottish medium Helen Duncan, blindfolded during a sance, with her head covered with ectoplasm reaching down to floor. The photograph is annotated to show fraudulence

Background imageFraud Collection: Nicolas Philippe Ledru, known as Comus, quack dotor

Nicolas Philippe Ledru, known as Comus, quack dotor
Undated head and shoulders pencil sketch of Nicolas Philippe Ledru, known as " Comus", " quack" doctor. HPG/8/1/1 (i) "

Background imageFraud Collection: Dr Slade the spirit medium

Dr Slade the spirit medium
The trial of Henry Slade, the medium who was said to communicate with spirits by a slate board. Top sketch shows Mr G. Leis, counsel for the Prosecution and bottom image shows Professor E

Background imageFraud Collection: Cheesecloth

Cheesecloth
Ethel Beenham, Harry Prices secretary, demonstrates how a sheet of cheesecloth 2 metres by half a metre can be fitted into a deceiving mediums mouth or other orifice

Background imageFraud Collection: A clay reconstruction of the face of Piltdown Man

A clay reconstruction of the face of Piltdown Man
A clay reconstruction of the face of the paleoanthropological hoax Piltdown Man, discovered in the grounds of Barkham Manor at Piltdown, East Sussex

Background imageFraud Collection: Caricature of Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Hart-Davies

Caricature of Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Hart-Davies
Caricature of Susan Willis Fletcher, spiritualist, and Mrs Juliette Hart-Davies, her victim. Fletcher was convicted of obtaining jewellery by deception from Mrs Hart-Davies. 1881

Background imageFraud Collection: Mrs Fletcher on Trial

Mrs Fletcher on Trial
Susie (Willis) Fletcher is found guilty of obtaining the property of Mrs Hart Davies by spiritualistic fraud, and is sentenced to twelve months hard labour Date: January 1881

Background imageFraud Collection: Four Poster Bed 1930S

Four Poster Bed 1930S
The sumptuous principal bedroom of the Mayfair home of City financier Clarence Hatry, with its wooden panelled walls and four-poster bed. Hatry was jailed for fraud. Date: 1930s

Background imageFraud Collection: Spirit Rapping

Spirit Rapping
Dr Schiff, of Paris, demonstrates how the so-called spirit rappings can be simulated by using the muscles of the leg Date: April 1859

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott flower levitation trick

Paranormal: William S. Marriott flower levitation trick
The British magician William S. Marriott exposing the practices of fraudulent spiritual mediums. Thanks to invisible thread, a flower is mysteriously levitated from a vase. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott exposes the medium Tomczyk

Paranormal: William S. Marriott exposes the medium Tomczyk
The British magician William S. Marriott shows how investigator Ochorowicz might have been fooled by Polish medium Stanislawa Tomczyks psychokinetic feats. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott simulates table lifting

Paranormal: William S. Marriott simulates table lifting
The British magician William S. Marriott exposes the practices of fraudulent spiritual mediums: Marriott demonstrates the art of table-lifting

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott with three simulated spirits

Paranormal: William S. Marriott with three simulated spirits
William S. Marriott pictured with three of his simulated spirit figures. Marriott worked to expose the practices of fraudulent mediums by demonstrating how spirits could be simulated. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott exposes seance hand control

Paranormal: William S. Marriott exposes seance hand control
The British magician William S. Marriott shows how hand control can be evaded during a s顮 ce. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott demonstrates spirit writing

Paranormal: William S. Marriott demonstrates spirit writing
The British magician William S. Marriott shows how slate-writing can be faked by inserting an umbrella-rib between the tied slates, with a tiny pencil attached. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott simulates automatic writing

Paranormal: William S. Marriott simulates automatic writing
The British magician William S. Marriott simulates automatic writing, inspired by a ghostly guide. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott simulated spirit form

Paranormal: William S. Marriott simulated spirit form
The British magician William S. Marriotts simulated spirit form, which was identified as a departed loved one by many who attended his fake s顮 ces. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott simulates a spirit form

Paranormal: William S. Marriott simulates a spirit form
William S. Marriott simulates a spirit form to expose the practices of fraudulent mediums. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Paranormal: William S. Marriott exposes fake spirit figures

Paranormal: William S. Marriott exposes fake spirit figures
William S. Marriott exposing fraudulent mediums: pictured here with simulated spirit figures in full light. Date: 1910

Background imageFraud Collection: Houdinis Seance Fraud

Houdinis Seance Fraud
Houdini demonstrates how luminous faces can be faked Date: 1925

Background imageFraud Collection: Georgina Houghton, spiritualist writer and medium

Georgina Houghton, spiritualist writer and medium
Georgina Houghton (?-1887), spiritualist writer and medium, seen here with her mothers spirit hovering behind her. The photographer was later exposed as a fraud. Date: 19th century

Background imageFraud Collection: Albert Grant, Vanity Fair, Ape

Albert Grant, Vanity Fair, Ape
ALBERT GRANT (1831-1899) (born Abraham Gottheimer) Irish born British company promoter. Established many companies which were to fail at the expense of the shareholders leading to claims of fraud

Background imageFraud Collection: Mansion Conservatory

Mansion Conservatory
The luxury conservatory, with its plants and stained leaded glass windows, of the Mayfair (London) mansion of City financier Clarence Hatry, who was jailed for fraud. Date: 1930s

Background imageFraud Collection: Mansion Interior

Mansion Interior
One of the fireplaces and private bar of the Mayfair (London) mansion of City financier Clarence Hatry, jailed for fraud. Date: 1930s

Background imageFraud Collection: Luxury Swimming Pool

Luxury Swimming Pool
The luxury outdoor private swimming pool of the Mayfair (London) mansion of City (of London) financier Clarence Hatry, jailed for fraud. Date: 1930s



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