Daniel Dunglas Home – The Real Deal?

Daniel Dunglas Home - The Real Deal?

In this article we will be taking a look at the life of Daniel Dunglas Home – talented medium or a clever fraud?

You decide…


Humble Beginnings

Daniel D. Home came from a relatively poor Scottish family made up primarily of eight children, at the tender age of one he was shipped off to live with his aunt and uncle.

Within a few days, his aunt noticed that his cot would sometimes rock with him in it – as if an invisible force was rocking him to sleep…or he was somehow rocking himself to sleep!

There was a long line of self-proclaimed psychics on Home’s mother’s side of the family – had this power been passed on to this young baby boy?


America

Home’s aunt and uncle eventually decided to emigrate to Connecticut, and they took young Daniel with them.

The strange activity that followed Home as a baby seemed to subside until he was a teenager, when their house began to exhibit typical poltergeist activity.

strange activity that followed Home

His aunt eventually realized that this strange poltergeist activity only took place when her nephew was in the house. Enough was enough – she threw him out onto the street to fend for himself.


His First Seance

Out on the streets he was free to follow his psychic calling and began arranging amazing spiritual gatherings. His very first seance saw him successfully contact numerous dead relatives of the attendees and a table danced around the room and could not be stopped by human intervention.

Word of mouth took off almost immediately – who was this powerful new medium and when would he be performing a seance again?

He soon became an instant hit with New England’s upper-classes.


Success

Home was quite clever with his success – he never charged the upper-classes directly, and this resulted in them offering gifts for his seance services.

Seance services

He made sure that each of his meetings took place in bright daylight or extremely well lit rooms – that way there was no chance of him creating some sort of illusion or trickery.

He quickly became regarded as the ‘real deal’.


Tuberculosis

Home was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1854 and decided to take his doctor’s advice – to return to Europe for the sake of his worsening health.

He ended up living in London at an exclusive hotel – paid for by one of his wealthy believers.

It wasn’t long before he started performing in more sensational seances – attracting famous characters like Napoleon III and Queen Sophia of the Netherlands.

He suddenly developed the power of levitation, and started to hone in on it’s power for every seance he held. The pinnacle of his career took place during a seance in 1868 when Home levitated out of the building’s window and floated back in through an opposite window!

The power of levitation

Home eventually fell to the devastating power of tuberculosis on the 21st of June, 1886. At the time of his death, he had managed to perform at over one and a half thousand seances.

Since his death he has been accused of being a fraud on numerous occasions…there has never been any proof to back these accusations up.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on this famous medium, please leave them in the comment section below.

Harry Price The Ghost Hunter

Harry Price The Ghost Hunter

Harry Price was a man who stood out as a truth seeker. As a researcher of psychic phenomena and a respected author, he pursued his investigations with passion, and is regarded today as a man who was not afraid to be criticized.

During his lifetime he wrote many books and papers on the subject of the paranormal, conducted scientific investigations and helped to publicly expose many fake mediums and paranormal hoaxers.

A Man of Many Interests

During his younger years Harry Price was a man with many varied interests, such as coin collecting, archaeology and space-telegraphy but the most fascinating was his interest in stage magic and conjuring.

He was a skilled amateur conjurer, noted for his expertise in sleight of hand.

It was this skill together with his thirst for the truth, that set him on the path to becoming a notable and famous paranormal investigator.

Exposing Frauds

In a time where spiritualists, spirit photographers and mediums were extremely popular and almost unquestioned, Harry Price set out to authenticate their claims.

Although most of his work and investigations resulted in the mediums being exposed as frauds, Harry Price did actually endorse some of spiritualists he investigated.

His knowledge as a magician helped him to set up credible tests to investigate these practitioners’ paranormal claims.

While his work was revered by some, it made him very unpopular with others.

One of his noteworthy critics was Arthur Conan Doyle who insisted that Price wrote “sewage” about mediums, and together with his friends tried to keep Price’s papers out of circulation for many years.

Although Price was a member of the Society for Psychical Research, they also became one of the biggest criticizers of his work as he continued to expose fake mediums and disprove phenomena such as ectoplasm.

The Society for Psychical Research disapproved with Prices’ practice of paying mediums to test them, and also with his opinion on the meduimship of the spiritualist Rudi Schneider.

In 1926 Harry Price formed an organization called the National Laboratory of Psychical Research to act as a rival to the Society for Psychical Research.

Price’s Methods

Price used a variety of methods to observe and test the claims of spiritualists.

These included analysis of so-called “ectoplasms” by some mediums, which were shown to actually be the regurgitation of materials such as chewed paper, egg whites and cheesecloth.

In the case of William Hope, Price secretly marked his photographic plates and gave him other plates that had a distinct etching.

When Hope produced his photographic spirit images, Price was able to prove that they were a hoax, as they did not display the etching nor the secret marks.

In the infamous case of Rudi Schneider, Price used photography himself to prove that Schneider’s claims of levitation were merely created by sleight of hand.

Price was able to discredit the meduimship of George Valiantine, who claimed that he had contacted the spirit of Italian-speaking composer Luigi Arditi.

Price studiously recorded all the phases that were credited to the composer, and on investigation he found them to be exact matches to segments in an Italian phrase-book.

A True Believer

But Harry Price did not believe that all of his encounters with the paranormal had scientific explanations.

He wrote about one such experience that he had during a private séance. A woman named Kathleen Goldney is said to have encountered Price the morning after this séance occurred, and reported that he seemed visibly shaken.

During this session Price wrote that he had applied starch powder to the floor, locked the door and taped the windows of the room in which the séance took place.

At some stage during the séance a young girl, who called herself Rosalie, had appeared in a lifelike form.

Price reported having spoken with the girl and being able to touch her.

While he was suspicious during the encounter, he found that once the séance was over none of the seals had been disturbed and there was no evidence in the starch powder that any human being had moved over the floor.

Although the Society for Psychical Research attempted to discredit him, Price was convinced that this was a true paranormal encounter.

Although his work uncovered many mediums and spiritualists as nothing more than hoaxers, Harry Price was a true pioneer in the field of psychic investigation.

The legacy he left is one that reminds that while we can, and should, believe in the paranormal we must always be weary of those who seek only to fool us.