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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had these in "I Only Have Eyes For You" to exorcise the school from a school ghost who shot his teacher before he met his demise and "Where The Wild Things Are" to exorcise the Lowell House from the LivingMemory spirits created from the orphans' negative emotions.
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* George Furth conducts one for [[LaughIn Ruth Buzzi]] on ''Series/TheMonkees'' episode "A Coffin Too Frequent".

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* George Furth conducts one for [[LaughIn [[Series/LaughIn Ruth Buzzi]] on ''Series/TheMonkees'' episode "A Coffin Too Frequent".
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* In ''Literature/TheExorcist'' (novel), a Jeane Dixon {{Expy}} at Chris' party reveals a little-known story (sans names) about a phony medium who had studied to be a Jesuit priest. A French empress at a séance felt what she thought was a spirit child's hand touching her, and someone turned on the lights to reveal the medium "with his naked foot on the empress' arm." It's TruthInTelevision: the empress was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Eugenie Eugénie Montijo]][[note]]she is the Empress with the sick child in ''The Song of Bernadette''[[/note]], and the medium was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dunglas_Home D.D. Home]]. This story was buried for over a century; the fact that Blatty found it is testimony to his intense research.

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* In ''Literature/TheExorcist'' (novel), a Jeane Dixon {{Expy}} at Chris' party reveals a little-known story (sans names) about a phony medium who had studied to be a Jesuit priest. A French empress at a séance felt what she thought was a spirit child's hand touching her, and someone turned on the lights to reveal the medium "with his naked foot on the empress' arm." It's TruthInTelevision: the empress was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Eugenie Eugénie Montijo]][[note]]she is the Empress with the sick child in ''The Song of Bernadette''[[/note]], ''Film/TheSongOfBernadette''[[/note]], and the medium was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dunglas_Home D.D. Home]]. This story was buried for over a century; the fact that Blatty found it is testimony to his intense research.



* Spiritualism began as a couple of kids talking to a ghost in their house, and quickly evolved into a political movement allied with the Quakers, advocating the emancipation of women, and strongly abolitionist.

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* Spiritualism began as a couple of kids talking to a ghost in their house, and quickly evolved into a political movement allied with the Quakers, advocating the emancipation of women, and strongly abolitionist. It was called Modern Spiritualism to distinguish it from similar practices that are OlderThanDirt. [[http://www.nsac.org/spiritualism.php Spiritualism is also a religion]], guided by principles and ideas that will be familiar to anyone with a working knowledge of NewAge doctrine.


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* Today's Spiritualist environments and practices are [[https://hyperallergic.com/365338/shannon-taggart-seance-spiritualist-ritual-and-the-search-for-ectoplasm/ documented by photographer Shannon Taggert]]. Her forthcoming book is called ''Seance: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm''.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]], they hold a séance to find out what's going on. It turns out to be EnergyBeings rather than actual ghosts.

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In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]], they hold a séance to find out what's going on. It turns out to be EnergyBeings rather than actual ghosts.ghosts.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]]: Vastra's psychic cross-time "conference call" has something of this vibe, including an actual ghost ([[spoiler:River Song, who's speaking from the Library]]).
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* Subverted in the opening of ''Film/Amityville3D'', where the seance turns out to be a laughable hoax.
* In ''Film/AndYouThoughtYourParentsWereWeird'', teens perform a séance and accidentally summon the late father of one of the participants.
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'', after Bill and Ted get killed, they find somebody they know holding a séance and try to get a message through. They're mistaken for evil spirits, and dismissed.
* ''Film/TheChangeling'': (1980) has a particularly spooky séance scene where the medium attempts to contact the ghost in the house, is put in a trance and draws the ghost's answers to her questions on paper. It is absolutely terrifying.



* ''[[Franchise/SherlockHolmes The Hound of the Baskervilles]]'' (1939) Dr. Mortimer's wife performs one.
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'', after Bill and Ted get killed, they find somebody they know holding a séance and try to get a message through. They're mistaken for evil spirits, and dismissed.
* Happens in the 1940 Kay Kyser musical, ''You'll Find Out.'' Creator/BelaLugosi is the medium, Prince Saliano. Various weird effects include the use of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH-krlgo2e8 Sonovox]] for spirit voices.

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* ''[[Franchise/SherlockHolmes The Hound of A very typical phony seance is shown toward the Baskervilles]]'' (1939) Dr. Mortimer's wife performs one.
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'', after Bill and Ted get killed, they find somebody they know holding a séance and try to get a message through. They're mistaken
end of Creator/TonyCurtis' 1953 ''Houdini''. Creator/HarryHoudini really did expose fake mediums for evil spirits, and dismissed.
many years.
* Happens After having accidentally received a MacGuffin from a Nazi spy posing as a FortuneTeller in ''Film/MinistryOfFear'', Ray Milland traces the 1940 Kay Kyser musical, ''You'll Find Out.'' Creator/BelaLugosi is the fortune teller to London. He finds a completely different woman by that same name, who works as a medium, Prince Saliano. Various weird effects include and promptly has her join her spooky seance. Just as the use of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH-krlgo2e8 Sonovox]] medium is uttering some things that make Stephen really uncomfortable, a shot rings out, and Stephen is framed for spirit voices.murder.



* ''Film/TheChangeling'': (1980) has a particularly spooky séance scene where the medium attempts to contact the ghost in the house, is put in a trance and draws the ghost's answers to her questions on paper. It is absolutely terrifying.
* Subverted in the opening of ''Film/Amityville3D'', where the seance turns out to be a laughable hoax.



* Played for laughs, then chills in ''Film/ParanormalActivity2'', in which Ali and her boyfriend use a Ouija board to try to contact the spirit haunting Ali's family and her little brother Hunter. When asked what the spirit wants, the planchette first spells out "PUSSY" (the result of the boyfriend being mischievous), and then spells out "HUNT" before Ali calls it off. The implication that the demon was spelling out "Hunter" is clear.
* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles'' (1939) Dr. Mortimer's wife performs one.
* In ''The Uninvited'' (1944), Rick stages a phony séance to convince Stella that her dead mom wants her to leave the house, only to have Mom ([[spoiler: her real mom, that is!]]) actually show up and explain that she's trying to protect the girl. We see in this picture the old-time spelling glass, a homemade device which was eventually replaced by the Ouija board.



* In ''Film/AndYouThoughtYourParentsWereWeird'', teens perform a séance and accidentally summon the late father of one of the participants.
* In ''The Uninvited'' (1944), Rick stages a phony séance to convince Stella that her dead mom wants her to leave the house, only to have Mom ([[spoiler: her real mom, that is!]]) actually show up and explain that she's trying to protect the girl. We see in this picture the old-time spelling glass, a homemade device which was eventually replaced by the Ouija board.
* Played for laughs, then chills in ''Film/ParanormalActivity2'', in which Ali and her boyfriend use a Ouija board to try to contact the spirit haunting Ali's family and her little brother Hunter. When asked what the spirit wants, the planchette first spells out "PUSSY" (the result of the boyfriend being mischievous), and then spells out "HUNT" before Ali calls it off. The implication that the demon was spelling out "Hunter" is clear.
* After having accidentally received a MacGuffin from a Nazi spy posing as a FortuneTeller in ''Film/MinistryOfFear'', Ray Milland traces the fortune teller to London. He finds a completely different woman by that same name, who works as a medium, and promptly has her join her spooky seance. Just as the medium is uttering some things that make Stephen really uncomfortable, a shot rings out, and Stephen is framed for murder.
* A very typical phony seance is shown toward the end of Creator/TonyCurtis' 1953 ''Houdini''. Creator/HarryHoudini really did expose fake mediums for many years.

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* In ''Film/AndYouThoughtYourParentsWereWeird'', teens perform a séance and accidentally summon Happens in the late father of one of 1940 Kay Kyser musical ''You'll Find Out''. Creator/BelaLugosi is the participants.
* In ''The Uninvited'' (1944), Rick stages a phony séance to convince Stella that her dead mom wants her to leave the house, only to have Mom ([[spoiler: her real mom, that is!]]) actually show up and explain that she's trying to protect the girl. We see in this picture the old-time spelling glass, a homemade device which was eventually replaced by the Ouija board.
* Played for laughs, then chills in ''Film/ParanormalActivity2'', in which Ali and her boyfriend use a Ouija board to try to contact the spirit haunting Ali's family and her little brother Hunter. When asked what the spirit wants, the planchette first spells out "PUSSY" (the result of the boyfriend being mischievous), and then spells out "HUNT" before Ali calls it off. The implication that the demon was spelling out "Hunter" is clear.
* After having accidentally received a MacGuffin from a Nazi spy posing as a FortuneTeller in ''Film/MinistryOfFear'', Ray Milland traces the fortune teller to London. He finds a completely different woman by that same name, who works as a
medium, and promptly has her join her spooky seance. Just as Prince Saliano. Various weird effects include the medium is uttering some things that make Stephen really uncomfortable, a shot rings out, and Stephen is framed use of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH-krlgo2e8 Sonovox]] for murder.
* A very typical phony seance is shown toward the end of Creator/TonyCurtis' 1953 ''Houdini''. Creator/HarryHoudini really did expose fake mediums for many years.
spirit voices.



* In ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', the Mud People have the power to call a gathering of ancestors. With a firm grasp on the IdiotBall, Richard decides to become a Mud Person so he can perform such a ceremony, despite being [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather the son of the first book's villain]]]].
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' has Madame Tracy, fake medium, and a scene where a séance unexpectedly produces real spirits.
* "Angel Down, Sussex" by Creator/KimNewman begins with the heroine, Catriona Kaye, at a fake séance, which she proceeds to mercilessly deconstruct. (Creator/ArthurConanDoyle makes a guest appearance in the story.)
* In Newman's novel ''Jago'', Catriona is present at a séance that attracts a genuine spirit -- not a ghost, however, but an AstralProjection with an OminousMessageFromTheFuture.
* ''Literature/TheTimeOfTheGhost'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones has a scene where the Ghost tries to get through to her sisters while they're messing around with a ouija board. She has trouble making the board say what she wants, partly because one of the living participants is surreptitiously steering it to say something else.
* A fancy séance is very prominent in ''RimOfThePit''.
* "Proper" séance techniques are discussed in the "How to Contact the Dead" chapter of Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook.

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* In ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', the Mud People have the power to call a gathering of ancestors. With a firm grasp on the IdiotBall, Richard decides to become a Mud Person so he can perform such a ceremony, despite being [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather the son of the first book's villain]]]].
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' has Madame Tracy, fake medium, and a scene where a séance unexpectedly produces real spirits.
* "Angel Down, Sussex" by Creator/KimNewman begins with the heroine, Catriona Kaye, at a fake séance, which she proceeds to mercilessly deconstruct. (Creator/ArthurConanDoyle makes a guest appearance in the story.)
* In Newman's novel ''Jago'', Catriona is present at a séance that attracts a genuine spirit -- not a ghost, however, but an AstralProjection with an OminousMessageFromTheFuture.
* ''Literature/TheTimeOfTheGhost'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones has a scene where the Ghost tries to get through to her sisters while they're messing around with a ouija board. She has trouble making the board say what she wants, partly because one of the living participants is surreptitiously steering it to say something else.
* A fancy séance is very prominent in ''RimOfThePit''.
* "Proper" séance techniques are discussed in the "How to Contact the Dead" chapter of Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook.''Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook''.



* In ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Wizard of London]]'' the heroes debunk a PhonyPsychic, then a real ghost appears at the end of the séance.
* ''A Drowned Maiden's Hair'' by Laura Amy Schlitz, revolves around séances conducted by the Hawthorne sisters.



* Zilpha Keatley Snyder has the children hold a séance in ''Literature/TheHeadlessCupid''. Amanda has been teaching her step-siblings the basics of PsychicPowers, witchcraft and ceremonial RitualMagic. She really attempts to contact the dead, but in case they don't show up, she has a few tricks planned to satisfy the others.

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* Zilpha Keatley Snyder has Angela in Creator/ShirleyJackson's never-finished ''Come Along With Me'' is a (real) medium. However, because the children hold a séance in ''Literature/TheHeadlessCupid''. Amanda has been teaching spirits tend to come to her step-siblings at random, she isn't always sure that when she holds an actual sit-down seance she's going to be able to talk to the basics of PsychicPowers, witchcraft and ceremonial RitualMagic. She really attempts to contact the dead, but in case they sitters' loved ones. Their messages don't show up, she has a few tricks planned to satisfy fit the others.sitters' preconceived notions either, and they leave unsatisfied.



* A.S. Byatt's ''Literature/{{Possession}}'' has a kind of sub-subplot devoted to séances and exposure of phonies.

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* A.S. Byatt's ''Literature/{{Possession}}'' has a kind of sub-subplot devoted to ''A Drowned Maiden's Hair'', by Laura Amy Schlitz, revolves around séances and exposure conducted by the Hawthorne sisters.
* ''Literature/ElementalMasters'': In ''The Wizard
of phonies.London'' the heroes debunk a PhonyPsychic, then a real ghost appears at the end of the séance.



* Angela in Creator/ShirleyJackson's never-finished ''Come Along With Me'' is a (real) medium. However, because the spirits tend to come to her at random, she isn't always sure that when she holds an actual sit-down seance she's going to be able to talk to the sitters' loved ones. Their messages don't fit the sitters' preconceived notions either, and they leave unsatisfied.

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* Angela in Creator/ShirleyJackson's never-finished ''Come Along With Me'' is ''Literature/GoodOmens'' has Madame Tracy, fake medium, and a (real) medium. However, because scene where a séance unexpectedly produces real spirits.
* Zilpha Keatley Snyder has
the spirits tend to come to children hold a séance in ''Literature/TheHeadlessCupid''. Amanda has been teaching her at random, she isn't always sure that when she holds an actual sit-down seance she's going to be able to talk to step-siblings the sitters' loved ones. Their messages basics of PsychicPowers, witchcraft and ceremonial RitualMagic. She really attempts to contact the dead, but in case they don't fit show up, she has a few tricks planned to satisfy the sitters' preconceived notions either, others.
* "Angel Down, Sussex" by Creator/KimNewman begins with the heroine, Catriona Kaye, at a fake séance, which she proceeds to mercilessly deconstruct. (Creator/ArthurConanDoyle makes a guest appearance in the story.)
** In Newman's novel ''Jago'', Catriona is present at a séance that attracts a genuine spirit -- not a ghost, however, but an AstralProjection with an OminousMessageFromTheFuture.
* A.S. Byatt's ''Literature/{{Possession}}'' has a kind of sub-subplot devoted to séances
and they leave unsatisfied.exposure of phonies.
* A fancy séance is very prominent in ''RimOfThePit''.
* In ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', the Mud People have the power to call a gathering of ancestors. With a firm grasp on the IdiotBall, Richard decides to become a Mud Person so he can perform such a ceremony, despite being [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather the son of the first book's villain]]]].
* ''Literature/TheTimeOfTheGhost'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones has a scene where the Ghost tries to get through to her sisters while they're messing around with a ouija board. She has trouble making the board say what she wants, partly because one of the living participants is surreptitiously steering it to say something else.



* Professor Quentin E. Deverill, the protagonist of the early '80s adventure series "Q.E.D.", debunks a phony séance during the course of his first investigation in London. The "medium" then sics his henchmen on the Professor, which ends badly for them.

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* Professor Quentin E. Deverill, Subverted in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' when the protagonist of Wolfram & Hart psychic is called in to clear their HauntedHeadquarters. She turns out to be a pretty blonde griping about missing her pilates class, who says she's going to "mutter a few calming words" to set the early '80s adventure series "Q.E.D.", debunks a phony séance during mood. When Fred asks if they should be HoldingHands she replies, "Only if you're lonely. Now, zip it and let me do my sweet funky." Then it gets creepy when she starts [[PsychicNosebleed bleeding from the course of his first investigation in London. The "medium" then sics his henchmen on the Professor, which ends badly for them.nose]] and [[YourHeadAsplode her head explodes]].



* George Furth conducts one for [[LaughIn Ruth Buzzi]] on ''TheMonkees'' episode "A Coffin Too Frequent".
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Unquiet Dead", they hold a séance to find out what's going on. It turns out to be EnergyBeings rather than actual ghosts.

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* George Furth conducts one for [[LaughIn Ruth Buzzi]] on ''TheMonkees'' episode "A Coffin Too Frequent".
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''Series/DoctorWho'': In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead", Dead"]], they hold a séance to find out what's going on. It turns out to be EnergyBeings rather than actual ghosts.ghosts.
* George Furth conducts one for [[LaughIn Ruth Buzzi]] on ''Series/TheMonkees'' episode "A Coffin Too Frequent".
* One occurs in the second episode of ''Series/PennyDreadful''. Somewhat surprisingly, given that it's being put on at a party, the medium turns out to be quite genuine, although she still ends up terrified when it turns serious. Expecting to simply be indulging a few silly Victorian socialites, she's rather overshadowed when Vanessa channels three or four different entities, not all human, none of whom are very happy with the man sitting across from her, and who let that fact be known [[ClusterFBomb without regard for the language or content usually expected]] at a society party.
* Professor Quentin E. Deverill, the protagonist of the early '80s adventure series ''Q.E.D.'', debunks a phony séance during the course of his first investigation in London. The "medium" then sics his henchmen on the Professor, which ends badly for them.
* There is one in the third episode of ''Series/{{Ravenswood}}.'' It doesn't go well.
* A séance (the "Argelian empathic contact") occurs in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Wolf in the Fold".



* A séance (the "Argelian empathic contact") occurs in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Wolf in the Fold".
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' when the Wolfram & Hart psychic is called in to clear their HauntedHeadquarters. She turns out to be a pretty blonde griping about missing her pilates class, who says she's going to "mutter a few calming words" to set the mood. When Fred asks if they should be HoldingHands she replies, "Only if you're lonely. Now, zip it and let me do my sweet funky." Then it gets creepy when she starts [[PsychicNosebleed bleeding from the nose]] and [[YourHeadAsplode her head explodes]].
* There is one in the third episode of ''Series/{{Ravenswood}}.'' It doesn't go well.
* One occurs in the second episode of ''Series/PennyDreadful''. Somewhat surprisingly, given that it's being put on at a party, the medium turns out to be quite genuine, although she still ends up terrified when it turns serious. Expecting to simply be indulging a few silly Victorian socialites, she's rather overshadowed when Vanessa channels three or four different entities, not all human, none of whom are very happy with the man sitting across from her, and who let that fact be known [[ClusterFBomb without regard for the language or content usually expected]] at a society party.



* ''VideoGame/TheHoundOfShadow'': This Lovecraftian InteractiveFiction game begins with one.



* One of these is part of a puzzle in ''VideoGame/SamAndMax: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls''.
-->"Mortimer Moleman, your entrance is cued. To conquer your stage fright, just picture us nude."

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* One of these is part of ''VideoGame/DarkFall: The Journal'': Jonathan Boakes's previous game, includes a puzzle in ''VideoGame/SamAndMax: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls''.
-->"Mortimer Moleman, your entrance is cued. To conquer your stage fright, just picture us nude."
ouija board through which you can ask ghosts questions.



* ''VideoGame/TheHoundOfShadow'': This Lovecraftian InteractiveFiction game begins with one.



* ''VideoGame/DarkFall: The Journal'': Jonathan Boakes's previous game, includes a ouija board through which you can ask ghosts questions.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkFall: The Journal'': Jonathan Boakes's previous game, includes One of these is part of a ouija board through which you can ask ghosts questions.puzzle in ''VideoGame/SamAndMax: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls''.
-->"Mortimer Moleman, your entrance is cued. To conquer your stage fright, just picture us nude."



* On ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko and Heffer attend a séance where the fortune-teller summons Mortimer Khan (Genghis' lesser-known brother), who recognizes Heffer as the reincarnation of someone who betrayed him through incompetence and haunts him as revenge.



* On ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko and Heffer attend a séance where the fortune-teller summons Mortimer Khan (Ghengis's lesser-known brother), who recognizes Heffer as the reincarnation of someone who betrayed him through incompetence and haunts him as revenge.


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-> '''Bullwinkle''': Eenie meenie chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak!
-> '''Rocky''': Are they friendly spirits?
-> '''Bullwinkle''': Friendly? Just listen.

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-> '''Bullwinkle''': ->'''Bullwinkle:''' Eenie meenie chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak!
-> '''Rocky''':
speak!\\
'''Rocky:'''
Are they friendly spirits?
-> '''Bullwinkle''':
spirits?\\
'''Bullwinkle:'''
Friendly? Just listen.






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* Disney's Haunted Mansion ride includes a spooky séance presided by the ghostly medium Madame Leota. In ''Fanfic/HauntedMansionAndTheHatboxGhost'', a FanVerse based on the attraction, it is quite natural to have Madame Leota and her Séance Room having a role.

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* Disney's Haunted Mansion ride includes a spooky séance presided by the ghostly medium Madame Leota. In ''Fanfic/HauntedMansionAndTheHatboxGhost'', a FanVerse based on the attraction, it is quite natural to have Madame Leota and her Séance Room having a role.



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* In Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'', Robin, disguised as a Gypsy fortune-teller, stages a fake séance as a distraction while he and Little John rob Prince John.
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* Zilpha Keatley Snyder has the children hold a séance in ''TheHeadlessCupid''. Amanda has been teaching her step-siblings the basics of PsychicPowers, witchcraft and ceremonial RitualMagic. She really attempts to contact the dead, but in case they don't show up, she has a few tricks planned to satisfy the others.

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* Zilpha Keatley Snyder has the children hold a séance in ''TheHeadlessCupid''.''Literature/TheHeadlessCupid''. Amanda has been teaching her step-siblings the basics of PsychicPowers, witchcraft and ceremonial RitualMagic. She really attempts to contact the dead, but in case they don't show up, she has a few tricks planned to satisfy the others.



* A.S. Byatt's ''{{Literature/Possession}}'' has a kind of sub-subplot devoted to séances and exposure of phonies.
* In ''TheExorcist'' (novel), a Jeane Dixon {{Expy}} at Chris' party reveals a little-known story (sans names) about a phony medium who had studied to be a Jesuit priest. A French empress at a séance felt what she thought was a spirit child's hand touching her, and someone turned on the lights to reveal the medium "with his naked foot on the empress' arm." It's TruthInTelevision: the empress was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Eugenie Eugénie Montijo]][[note]]she is the Empress with the sick child in ''The Song of Bernadette''[[/note]], and the medium was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dunglas_Home D.D. Home]]. This story was buried for over a century; the fact that Blatty found it is testimony to his intense research.

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* A.S. Byatt's ''{{Literature/Possession}}'' ''Literature/{{Possession}}'' has a kind of sub-subplot devoted to séances and exposure of phonies.
* In ''TheExorcist'' ''Literature/TheExorcist'' (novel), a Jeane Dixon {{Expy}} at Chris' party reveals a little-known story (sans names) about a phony medium who had studied to be a Jesuit priest. A French empress at a séance felt what she thought was a spirit child's hand touching her, and someone turned on the lights to reveal the medium "with his naked foot on the empress' arm." It's TruthInTelevision: the empress was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Eugenie Eugénie Montijo]][[note]]she is the Empress with the sick child in ''The Song of Bernadette''[[/note]], and the medium was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dunglas_Home D.D. Home]]. This story was buried for over a century; the fact that Blatty found it is testimony to his intense research.



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* ''{{Mysterium}}'': The conceit of the game is that most of the players are psychics holding a seance, while the remaining player is a ghost trying to communicate with them.

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* ''{{Mysterium}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Mysterium}}'': The conceit of the game is that most of the players are psychics holding a seance, while the remaining player is a ghost trying to communicate with them.



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* ''TheHoundOfShadow'': This Lovecraftian InteractiveFiction game begins with one.

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* ''TheHoundOfShadow'': ''VideoGame/TheHoundOfShadow'': This Lovecraftian InteractiveFiction game begins with one.



* One of these is part of a puzzle in ''Game/SamAndMax: Beyond The Alley Of The Dolls''.

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* One of these is part of a puzzle in ''Game/SamAndMax: ''VideoGame/SamAndMax: Beyond The the Alley Of The of the Dolls''.



* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': A formal spirit channeling is done this way. However, it's usually unnecessary and Maya often channels Mia with barely a moment's notice.



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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': A formal spirit channeling is done this way. However, it's usually unnecessary and Maya often channels Mia with barely a moment's notice.
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* In Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'', Robin, disguised as a Gypsy fortune-teller, stages a fake séance as a distraction while he and Little John rob Prince John.
* On a "Treehouse of Horror" opening of ''TheSimpsons'', the titular family is conducting a séance, with Ned Flanders present, summoning the spirit of the late Maude Flanders.

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* In Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'', Robin, disguised as a Gypsy fortune-teller, stages a fake séance as a distraction while he and Little John rob Prince John.
* On a "Treehouse of Horror" opening of ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the titular family is conducting a séance, with Ned Flanders present, summoning the spirit of the late Maude Flanders.
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* ''{{Mysterium}}'': The conceit of the game is that most of the players are psychics holding a seance, while the remaining player is a ghost trying to communicate with them.
23rd Feb '17 11:08:15 PM CaptEquinox
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* There is one in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Closure" in which Mulder finds out what happened to his sister Samantha. In the middle of searching for a missing little girl (not Samantha), Mulder encounters a self-professed psychic, who claims that both girls were taken by "walk-ins" (read: killed) to save them from a horrible fate on earth.[[note]]They did get that right. A walk-in is a spirit who enters the body of a living child or adult, sometimes to save them from abuse, and thereafter [[TheMasquerade pretends to be that person]]. The original soul may go on to heaven, return later, or stay around [[SharingABody forming a cooperative team]].[[/note]] This psychic begins to have visions of Samantha, as Mulder is tracing her whereabouts after her abduction, and holds the séance to help Mulder find resolution with what happened to her. The seance is successful, leading to a touching scene between Mulder and [[spoiler: Samantha, who is revealed to be dead.]] However, being Mulder and Scully, the scene could not escape the show's habitual deadpan snark:

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* There is one in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Closure" in which Mulder finds out what happened to his sister Samantha. In the middle of searching for a missing little girl (not Samantha), Mulder encounters a self-professed psychic, who claims that both girls were taken by "walk-ins" (read: killed) to save them from a horrible fate on earth.[[note]]They did get that right. A walk-in is a spirit who enters the body of a living child or adult, sometimes to save them from abuse, and thereafter [[TheMasquerade pretends to be that person]]. The original soul may go on to heaven, return later, or stay around [[SharingABody forming a cooperative team]]. Many quite sane, rational people who are not at all into "spiritual" things have reported having this experience.[[/note]] This psychic begins to have visions of Samantha, as Mulder is tracing her whereabouts after her abduction, and holds the séance to help Mulder find resolution with what happened to her. The seance is successful, leading to a touching scene between Mulder and [[spoiler: Samantha, who is revealed to be dead.]] However, being Mulder and Scully, the scene could not escape the show's habitual deadpan snark:
10th Jan '17 5:50:40 PM starkitty93
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* In ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' episode "The Ghost in Suite 613", the cast investigates a purportedly haunted room in the Tipton and attempt to contact the ghost of a woman who died in there. It takes a spooky turn when the cast minus Zack disappears during the seance and Zack gets scared out of his mind, however it's later revealed to be nothing but a prank on him in revenge for all the pranks he's pulled.

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* In ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' episode "The "[[Recap/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCodyS1E19TheGhostInSuite613 The Ghost in Suite 613", 613]]", the cast investigates a purportedly haunted room in the Tipton and attempt to contact the ghost of a woman who died in there. It takes a spooky turn when the cast minus Zack disappears during the seance and Zack gets scared out of his mind, however it's later revealed to be nothing but a prank on him in revenge for all the pranks he's pulled.
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* In ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' episode "The Ghost in Suite 613", the cast investigates a purportedly haunted room in the Tipton and attempt to contact the ghost of a woman who died in there. It takes a spooky turn when the cast minus Zack disappears during the seance and Zack gets scared out of his mind, however it's later revealed to be nothing but a prank on him in revenge for all the pranks he's pulled.
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