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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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* ''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.


* 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''. Christine Wicker's ''Lily Dale'' tells the story of the oldest Spiritualist camp town.

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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''. [[https://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/bjnmbd/haunting-photos-from-the-worlds-largest-spiritualist-community Here, she gives more details about her work and a little history.]] Christine Wicker's ''Lily Dale'' tells the story of the oldest Spiritualist camp town.


* 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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* 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.



* 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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* 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''. Christine Wicker's ''Lily Dale'' tells the story of the oldest Spiritualist camp town.

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* ''Literature/NinaTanleven'': An atypical version occurs in ''The Ghost Let Go'' when Nine and Chris, who can already see Mrs. Smiley’s ghost, work to bring Dolores Smiley into the link so she can see and communicate with her mother’s spirit and, by making peace with her, allow her to pass on.

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* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'': In Chapter 3, a seance is held by the students in an effort to determine who killed the latest victim. [[spoiler: It goes awry when the spirit medium gets killed too.]]


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* 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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* ''The Haunting in Connecticut'' features one character's psychic flashbacks to a séance that took place in the HauntedHouse long ago, in which an adolescent boy channels ectoplasm from his mouth.
* A very typical phony seance séance is shown toward the end of Creator/TonyCurtis' 1953 ''Houdini''. Creator/HarryHoudini really did expose fake mediums for many years.



* ''The Haunting in Connecticut'' features one character's psychic flashbacks to a seance that took place in the HauntedHouse long ago, in which an adolescent boy channels ectoplasm from his mouth.



* In ''Literature/TheWizardOfLondon'' the heroes debunk a PhonyPsychic, then a real ghost appears at the end of the séance.

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* ''Literature/ElementalMasters'': In ''Literature/TheWizardOfLondon'' the heroes debunk a PhonyPsychic, then a real ghost appears at the end of the séance.



** 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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** 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.



* ''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.



* 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:
-->'''Scully:''' Oh, yay. A seance. I haven't done that since high school.\\

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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, [[spoiler:Samantha, who is revealed to be dead.]] However, being Mulder and Scully, the scene could not escape the show's habitual deadpan snark:
-->'''Scully:''' Oh, yay. A seance.séance. I haven't done that since high school.\\



* ''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.



--> At twelve o'clock a meeting 'round the table for a séance in the dark
--> The voices out of nowhere put on 'specially by the children for a lark

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* The "Seance" mode in ''Pinball/TheAddamsFamily'', complete with the Power disrupting the movement of the pinball.

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* The "Seance" "Séance" mode in ''Pinball/TheAddamsFamily'', complete with the Power disrupting the movement of the pinball.



* In the opera ''TheMedium'' by Gian Carlo Menotti, Baba (aka Madame Flora) is a PhonyPsychic and alcoholic, who fakes séances with the help of her daughter and a mute boy she took in. During one of her séances, she feels an icy hand grab her throat. It is never revealed whether it was supernatural in nature, or just her imagination.
** She subsequently confesses to her clients that she was faking everything -- and they refuse to believe her. They think she ''believes'' she was faking but actually did contact spirits -- which is exactly what she's terrified of.

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* In the opera ''TheMedium'' ''Theatre/TheMedium'' by Gian Carlo Menotti, Baba (aka Madame Flora) is a PhonyPsychic and alcoholic, who fakes séances with the help of her daughter and a mute boy she took in. During one of her séances, she feels an icy hand grab her throat. It is never revealed whether it was supernatural in nature, or just her imagination.
** She subsequently confesses to her clients that she was faking everything -- and they refuse to believe her. They think she ''believes'' she was faking but actually did contact spirits -- which is exactly what she's terrified of.

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* The chamber in which a medium regularly performs this trope is the setting for one chapter of ''[[VideoGame/TheRoomMobileGame The Room 2]]''. The medium herself isn't present, but a box and cards used in her rituals is there, [[spoiler: as is a letter scolding her for leaving her accomplice out of her latest scam]].

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* ''The Haunting in Connecticut'' features one character's psychic flashbacks to a seance that took place in the HauntedHouse long ago, in which an adolescent boy channels ectoplasm from his mouth.


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


* A séance is held in the indie AdventureGame ''BenJordan'' : Case 4: Horror at Number 50.

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* A séance is held in the indie AdventureGame ''BenJordan'' ''VideoGame/{{Ben Jordan|ParanormalInvestigator}}'' : Case 4: Horror at Number 50.


* ''Literature/ElementalMasters'': In ''The Wizard of London'' the heroes debunk a PhonyPsychic, then a real ghost appears at the end of the séance.

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* ''Literature/ElementalMasters'': In ''The Wizard of London'' ''Literature/TheWizardOfLondon'' the heroes debunk a PhonyPsychic, then a real ghost appears at the end of the séance.


* A.S. Byatt's ''Literature/{{Possession}}'' has a kind of sub-subplot devoted to séances and exposure of phonies. Randolph's and Christabel's last meeting is at one of these. While it's possible something psychic did happen, there's also some fakery, which Randolph exposes. He calls this his "Gaza Exploit", comparing himself to Samson tearing down the Philistine temple, and writes "Mummy Possest", a poem about fake mediums. This is based on TruthInTelevision with Robert Browning (see below).
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* A.S. Byatt's ''Literature/{{Possession}}'' has a kind of sub-subplot devoted to séances and exposure of phonies. Randolph's and Christabel's last meeting is at one of these. While [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane it's possible something psychic did happen, happen]], there's also some fakery, which Randolph exposes. He calls this his "Gaza Exploit", comparing himself to Samson tearing down the Philistine temple, and writes "Mummy Possest", a poem about fake mediums. This is based on TruthInTelevision with Robert Browning (see below).
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