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The Fox Sisters and the Spiritualism Movement

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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2009, 01:08:46 am »

It is an old adage that one cannot have too much of a good thing, and thus other mediums sprang up throughout the country. Spiritualist circles formed in every village and town, and contact with another world flourished. No doubt competition leads to improvement of one's business or product, for that is the basic law of the American economic spirit, and this rule seems to have applied in this realm of spiritualist religion as well. New techniques developed rapidly for the Fox girls under the tutelage of their sister, Mrs. Fish. Soon the spirits were responding in small paid sessions called séances, and before long the spirits were demanding darkness during séances since they could manifest themselves more readily when freed from light.

When other spiritualists discovered the virtue of darkness, the Fox sisters proceeded to uncover the depth of the innovative abilities of the spirits who now worked by means of the mysterious moving of the séance table around which were seated those wishing to communicate with the spirits. Then spirit writing, and, to the thrill of the participants, cold, ghostly hands moved into the charmed circle of seekers about the table. Soon speaking in tongues developed among some of the participants, and even the involuntary operation of musical instruments became commonplace.
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