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The Indescribable Phenomenon: The Life and Mysteries of Anna Eva Fay.

WILEY, Barry H. ( signed ).

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ISBN 10: 0945296509 / ISBN 13: 9780945296508
Published by Hermetic Press, Seattle, WA, 2005
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Hardcover. Large octavo. x + 442pp. Beige cloth spine lettered in black, maroon papered boards with gilt publisher's device. Frontis portrait. Color & b/w illustrations. Bibliography & index. A biography of Ohio medium and mentalist Anna Eva Fay Pingree [Ann Eliza Heathman], (1851-1927). This copy has a lengthy presentation inscription from the author to Dr. M. H. Coleman(as "Mike") on the title-page (above the title) thanking him for his "steadfast support" when researching the book. It is additionally signed by Wiley above his printed name on the title-page. A near-Fine copy in near-Fine dust jacket. A handsome book. Bookseller Inventory # 49443

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Title: The Indescribable Phenomenon: The Life and ...

Publisher: Hermetic Press, Seattle, WA

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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She was one of the most famous and successful mediums and mentalists of the twentieth century. She fooled the best minds of her time. She was, in the words of J. N. Maskelyne... "...a fascinating little blonde." After devoting twenty-eight years of research to her, Barry Wiley has written a biography that is both highly entertaining and thoroughly documented, weaving a story that includes a cast of magicians, mind readers, mediums, scientists, private detectives, frauds, suicides and murderous autopsies. It is a chapter of magic's history not to be missed. On March 31, 1848, a new religion called Spiritualism was born. Less than three years later saw another birth, that of Ann Eliza Heathman to a simple cobbler in Southington, Ohio. While still a child, Annie was told she was a medium for the spirits of the dead, and from that point on she never looked back. Her ability to make people believe she could summon the shades of the departed brought her to the attention of H. Melville Fay, an unscrupulous fraudulent medium (or exposer of fraudulent mediums--whichever was paying best at the time). Under his guidance, Annie conquered America and then Europe, becoming Anna Eva Fay, the girl who baffled William Crookes, one of the most respected scientists of the age.

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