Davey, S. T. (1864-1891)

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Davey, S. T. (1864-1891)

A member of the Society for Psychical Research, London, who in 1886 gave imitations of the slate-writing performances of mediums William Eglinton and Henry Slade, with a view to exposing what he believed to be their fraud. Such fraud was a major problem in evaluating Spiritualism. By simple conjuring he succeeded in emulating all their feats, his successes becoming the subject of a series of important articles. Davey's future as a valuable force in psychical research ended abruptly when he died of typhoid fever at age 27.


Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York: Paragon House, 1991.

Davey, S. T. "Spurious Mediumship." Journal of the Society for Psychical Research 3 (1888): 199-207.

Hodgson, Richard. "Mr. Davey's Imitations by Conjuring of Phenomena Sometimes Attributed to Spirit Agency." Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research 8, 22 (1892): 253-310.

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