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* 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]].
* ''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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* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "[[Recap/AngelS05E04HellBound Hell Bound]]" 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]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had these in "I "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E19IOnlyHaveEyesForYou I Only Have Eyes For You" You]]" to exorcise the school from a school ghost who shot his teacher before he met his demise and "Where The "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E18WhereTheWildThingsAre Where the Wild Things Are" Are]]" to exorcise the Lowell House from the LivingMemory spirits created from the orphans' negative emotions.

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* ''ComicBook/GhostIsland'': Issue #1 begins with Josh holding a seance with a family to contact their dead son, Tommy. When the father, Brian, gets involved, it's revealed that he is Tommy's killer.


* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article (although Coward originally wrote her as a fake) and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. The part was written for Margaret Rutherford, who insisted on playing the spirit-contact part straight, as she really was a Modern Spiritualist and wouldn't be in something that made fun of her faith. She consulted real mediums and was praised by psychic research groups in later years for her complex performance. Arcati's focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. (It's also just plain Rutherford: she used to ride her own bike onstage, braking neatly right before the footlights.) Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.



* Creator/NoelCoward's play ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' ([[BlitheSpirit no relation]]) begins with a séance, which causes Charles's first wife to [[VisibleInvisibility appear]]. HilarityEnsues.

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* Creator/NoelCoward's play ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' ([[BlitheSpirit no relation]]) begins with a séance, which causes Charles's first wife to [[VisibleInvisibility appear]]. HilarityEnsues. It's also a 1945 film with Kay Hammond (Elvira) and Margaret Rutherford (Mme. Arcati) in the roles they created for the original stage play. Arcati is eccentric but not a fraud; Rutherford, a Modern Spiritualist, told Coward she wouldn't play her any other way and based her performance, including Arcati's health regimens, on real practices.[[note]]Spiritualist publications at the time advised mediums and seekers to get lots of exercise, fresh air and sunlight, eat right, get enough sleep and as far as possible keep a positive outlook.[[/note]] She was later praised by psychic research groups for her complex performance. The bicycle, though, was all Rutherford. She used to ride her own bike onto the stage and brake neatly before the footlights.


* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. Looks like Noel Coward has ShownTheirWork as her focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.[[note]]Dame Margaret Rutherford, who plays Mme. Arcati in the 1944 film version, really was a Spiritualist.[[/note]]

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* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article (although Coward originally wrote her as a fake) and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. Looks like Noel Coward has ShownTheirWork The part was written for Margaret Rutherford, who insisted on playing the spirit-contact part straight, as she really was a Modern Spiritualist and wouldn't be in something that made fun of her faith. She consulted real mediums and was praised by psychic research groups in later years for her complex performance. Arcati's focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. (It's also just plain Rutherford: she used to ride her own bike onstage, braking neatly right before the footlights.) Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.[[note]]Dame Margaret Rutherford, who plays Mme. Arcati in the 1944 film version, really was a Spiritualist.[[/note]]


* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. Looks like Noel Coward DidTheResearch as her focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.[[note]]Dame Margaret Rutherford, who plays Mme. Arcati in the 1944 film version, really was a Spiritualist.[[/note]]

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* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. Looks like Noel Coward DidTheResearch has ShownTheirWork as her focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.[[note]]Dame Margaret Rutherford, who plays Mme. Arcati in the 1944 film version, really was a Spiritualist.[[/note]]


* 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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* In Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'', ''WesternAnimation/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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Séances were popular forms of entertainment around the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century, during which time many people became interested in spiritualism and the occult. Usually the medium would attempt to contact the spirits while asking everyone else in the room to concentrate on summoning and welcoming them. Real séances did not require a dark room, just a pleasantly peaceful atmosphere. The darkened room came into vogue when people started trying to produce materialized "phenomena" -- most of which you could buy from theatrical supply companies.

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Séances were popular forms of entertainment around the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century, during which time many people became interested in spiritualism and the occult. Usually the medium would attempt to contact the spirits while asking everyone else in the room to concentrate on summoning and welcoming them. Real séances did not require a dark room, just a pleasantly peaceful atmosphere. The darkened room came into vogue when people started trying to produce materialized "phenomena" -- most of which you could buy from theatrical supply companies.






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* Subverted in the opening of ''Film/Amityville3D'', where the seance turns out to be a laughable hoax.

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* Subverted in the opening of ''Film/Amityville3D'', where the seance séance turns out to be a laughable hoax.



* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. Looks like Noel Coward DidTheResearch as her focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.[[note]]Dame Margaret Rutherford, who plays Mme. Arcati in the 1944 film version, really was a Spiritualist.[[/note]]



* ''Film/FullCircle'' features a disturbingly successful attempt.

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* 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.

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* The documentary ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJx8sR-Wb5k No One Dies in Lily Dale]]'' is worth watching to see what today's Spiritualist camp villages, seances and mediums are like.
* 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 joins her spooky seance.séance. Just as the medium is uttering some things that make Stephen really uncomfortable, a shot rings out, and Stephen is framed for murder.



* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles'' (1939) Dr. Mortimer's wife performs one.

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* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. Looks like Noel Coward DidTheResearch as her focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.[[note]]Dame Margaret Rutherford, who plays Mme. Arcati in the 1944 film version, really was a Spiritualist.[[/note]]
* The documentary ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJx8sR-Wb5k No One Dies in Lily Dale]]'' is worth watching to see what today's Spiritualist camp villages, seances and mediums are like.



* ''A Drowned Maiden's Hair'', by Laura Amy Schlitz, revolves around séances conducted by the Hawthorne sisters.

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* A fancy séance is very prominent in ''RimOfThePit''.

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* In ''Literature/{{Watersong}}'', Marcy convinces Harper and Alex to try holding a seance to ask the ghosts of the sirens' victims to tell them Gemma's location. She defies a lot of the normal tropes by holding it outside and during daytime, calling the others ignorant when they ask if it shouldn't be done around a table at night. The seance does manage to call some spirits which light a candle with blue flame and move some rocks, but they are unhelpful in determining Gemma's location.

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* In ''Literature/{{Watersong}}'', Marcy convinces Harper and Alex to try holding a seance séance to ask the ghosts of the sirens' victims to tell them Gemma's location. She defies a lot of the normal tropes by holding it outside and during daytime, calling the others ignorant when they ask if it shouldn't be done around a table at night. The seance séance does manage to call some spirits which light a candle with blue flame and move some rocks, but they are unhelpful in determining Gemma's location.



* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': [[RecycledScript At least two episodes]] used the premise of Doña Clotilde and the adults of the Vecindad holding a séance to deal with "los espiritus chocarreros (the rude spirits)" haunting the neighborhood (in reality the side-effects of [[HanlonsRazor the kids doing stupid things]] and Don Ramon being a sleepwalker) and the children, hidden in the same room and frightened by [[LargeHam the invocations of]] "The Witch of Apartment 71", start to make sounds and move things that the adults believe are being done by the ghosts, and frighten them in return.



** 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 Dead"]]: The Doctor and company hold a séance to find out what's going on. It turns out to be EnergyBeings rather than actual ghosts.



* George Furth conducts one for [[Series/LaughIn Ruth Buzzi]] on ''Series/TheMonkees'' episode "A Coffin Too Frequent".

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* There is one in the third episode of ''Series/{{Ravenswood}}.'' It doesn't go well.

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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:

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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.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:



* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': [[RecycledScript At least two episodes]] used the premise of Doña Clotilde and the adults of the Vecindad holding a seance to deal with "los espiritus chocarreros (the rude spirits)" haunting the neighborhood (in reality the side-effects of [[HanlonsRazor the kids doing stupid things]] and Don Ramon being a sleepwalker) and the children, hidden in the same room and frightened by [[LargeHam the invocations of]] "The Witch of Apartment 71", start to make sounds and move things that the adults believe are being done by the ghosts, and frighten them in return.



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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. It was ''extremely'' popular between 1848 and the early 1900s. So many revolutionary discoveries were made, especially the telephone, telegraph and radio -- the "Internet" of that time -- that the idea of communicating with the afterlife didn't seem far fetched. Many how-to guides were written: [[http://www.spiritwritings.com/GuideMediumshipWallis.pdf A Guide to Mediumship]] is one of the most sensible. [[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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* 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. It was ''extremely'' popular between 1848 and the early 1900s. So many revolutionary discoveries were made, especially the telephone, telegraph and radio -- the "Internet" of that time -- that the idea of communicating with the afterlife didn't seem far fetched. Many how-to guides were written: [[http://www.spiritwritings.com/GuideMediumshipWallis.pdf A Guide to Mediumship]] is one of the most sensible. [[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.



* Conversely Creator/ArthurConanDoyle was a great believer in spiritualism, including séances.

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* Conversely Conversely, Creator/ArthurConanDoyle was a great believer in spiritualism, including séances.

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* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': [[RecycledScript At least two episodes]] used the premise of Doña Clotilde and the adults of the Vecindad holding a seance to deal with "los espiritus chocarreros (the rude spirits)" haunting the neighborhood (in reality the side-effects of [[HanlonsRazor the kids doing stupid things]] and Don Ramon being a sleepwalker) and the children, hidden in the same room and frightened by [[LargeHam the invocations of]] "The Witch of Apartment 71", start to make sounds and move things that the adults believe are being done by the ghosts, and frighten them in return.

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* In ''Literature/NightmareAlley'', conducting these is Stan's main trade as the phony spiritualist preacher, 'Reverend Carlisle'. Of course, they're all a [[ScoobyDooHoax sham]] designed to part his wealthy clientele from their money.


* "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.)

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* "Angel Down, Sussex" "Literature/AngelDownSussex" 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.)


* "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.)



* "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.

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* "Angel Down, Sussex" by Creator/KimNewman begins with the heroine, In Creator/KimNewman's novel ''Literature/{{Jago}}'', 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
Kaye is present at a séance that attracts a genuine spirit not a ghost, however, but an AstralProjection with an OminousMessageFromTheFuture.


* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. Looks like Noel Coward DidTheResearch as her focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.[[note]]Dame Margaret Rutherford, who plays Mme. Arcati in the 1944 film version, really was a Spiritualist.[[/note]][[/folder]]

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* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. Looks like Noel Coward DidTheResearch as her focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.[[note]]Dame Margaret Rutherford, who plays Mme. Arcati in the 1944 film version, really was a Spiritualist.[[/note]][[/folder]]
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* The documentary ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJx8sR-Wb5k No One Dies in Lily Dale]]'' is worth watching to see what today's Spiritualist camp villages, seances and mediums are like.
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* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. Looks like Noel Coward DidTheResearch as her focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.[[/folder]]

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* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. Looks like Noel Coward DidTheResearch as her focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also textbook.[[/folder]]
[[note]]Dame Margaret Rutherford, who plays Mme. Arcati in the 1944 film version, really was a Spiritualist.[[/note]][[/folder]]


* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. She also {{Lampshades}} the fact that while clients often expect them, real Spiritualists believe a dark room or dim lights are unnecessary.
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* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. She Looks like Noel Coward DidTheResearch as her focus on health and exercise is actually recommended for mediums in Spiritualist manuals. Her hesitance to eat meat right before a session is also {{Lampshades}} the fact that while clients often expect them, real Spiritualists believe a dark room or dim lights are unnecessary.
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* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has Mme. Arcati. She's the genuine article and speaks quite matter-of-factly about it. She also {{Lampshades}} the fact that while clients often expect them, real Spiritualists believe a dark room or dim lights are unnecessary.

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