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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

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Moses, Rev. William Stainton (1839-1892) A spirit medium who first began operating as such at the age of thirty-three, after a distinguished career as a clergyman. Moses was inspired by the success of Daniel Dunglas Home, who he saw performing.
      He became famous in England for his production of apports of every sort of object, including perfumes and scented oils which often ran down his face. He claimed that his control, or spirit guide, was named Imperator. He also did automatic writing and produced “spirit lights” as part of his performance.
      He was one of the founders of the British National Association of Spiritualism, and later of the Society for Psychical Research.

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