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