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Fox Sisters' Spirit Table

115 South Avenue, Rochester, New York 14604 USA

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“a relic of the creators of spiritualism”

The Fox sisters were three sisters from New York who played an important role in the creation of Spiritualism. The three sisters were Leah Fox (1814–1890), Margaret Fox (also called Maggie) (1833–1893) and Kate Fox (1837–1892). The two younger sisters used "rappings" to convince their much older sister and others that they were communicating with spirits. Their older sister then took charge of them and managed their careers for some time. They all enjoyed success as mediums for many years. The word "seance" is not used in We Hear the Dead.  The Fox Sisters always called their rapping sessions "spirit circles."  The term seance did not come into use until several decades later.  Nevertheless, Leah Fish transformed the earlier, crude rapping sessions begun by Maggie and Kate into the experience that is generally known as a seance today.  Clients and spirit medium would sit around a table in a darkened room, hands resting upon the table in full sight.  The medium might descend into a trance state, and soon messages from beyond the grave would arrive in the form of knocking sounds or in spirit messages written by the medium's hand.  Ghostly phenomena such as ringing bells, puffs of air, and luminous lights might occur.  The table would rock, move, and tip.  Leah Fish also developed an early version of the Ouija board, on which she painted letters and numbers to enable the spirits to better deliver their messages.

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Reviewed by
Greg Newkirk

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September 25, 2014
Rated 4.0

Hands down the most important artifact from the Spiritualist movement, and it's incredible that you can see it with your own two eyes. The psychic hotlines, Long Island Medium, Sylvia Brown... they wouldn't be here if it weren't for the Fox Sisters and this table. Whether you believe that's a good thing or a bad thing, this is a really awesome piece of history.

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Dana Newkirk

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September 25, 2014
Rated 4.0

Amazing. If you're a fan of the paranormal or you love the history around the spiritualist movement you have to see it! The seance tipping table is one of the first real relics of that time period and in a lot of ways was the catalyst for what we know today as the paranormal.

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Fox Sisters' Spirit Table

115 South Avenue
Rochester, New York
14604 USA

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