INCIDENTS IN MY LIFE D.D. HOME Mediumship SPIRITUALISM OCCULT Seance Magic 1864
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SCARCE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE SPIRITUALISTIC ENIGMA OF THE 19TH CENTURY
INCIDENTS IN MY LIFE BY D.D. HOME
LONDON: F PITMAN, 1864 288pp.
Daniel Dunglas Home (pronounced 'Hume') (20 March 1833 – 21 June 1886) was a Scottish physical medium with the reported ability to levitate to a variety of heights , speak with the dead, and to produce rapping and knocks in houses at will. His biographer Peter Lamont opines that he was one of the most famous men of his era. Harry Houdini described him as "one of the most conspicuous and lauded of his type and generation" and "the forerunner of the mediums whose forte is fleecing by presuming on the credulity of the public."Home conducted hundreds of séances , which were attended by many eminent Victorians . There were speculations and one recorded eyewitness account by F. Merrifield in the Journal of Psychical Research describing conjuring methods and fraud that Home may have employed. Home's name was originally Daniel Home , but by the time he arrived in Europe he had lengthened it to Daniel Dunglas Home , in reference to the Scottish house of Home, of which his father claimed to be a part. In London Home found a believer in spiritualism , William Cox, who owned a large hotel at 53, 54 and ... read more