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The Fox Sisters
Led to the rise of Spiritualism -- and self-confessed frauds.
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BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Science and the seance

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Science and the seance | The Fox Sisters | Scoop.it
Some of science's biggest names have not only dabbled in, but been entirely convinced by, the world of the seance.
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About The First Spiritual Temple: Hydesville

About The First Spiritual Temple: Hydesville | The Fox Sisters | Scoop.it

Although the Fox sisters were mediums, each in her own right, they are generally and, we believe, more appropriately connected to the events which took place on the evening of March 31, 1848. The events which took place with the Fox family in Hydesville, New York, are generally considered to have initiated the Modern Spiritualist Movement. We shall look at the reasons for this a little later on; but first, let us look at the characters involved and the events which took place on that fateful evening of March 31, 1848.

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the Fox sisters - Weird Encyclopedia

the Fox sisters - Weird Encyclopedia | The Fox Sisters | Scoop.it

In 1848, two girls in the Fox family living in Hydesville, New York, reported strange knocking sounds in their bedroom at night. On March 31, some time after the family began hearing the strange noises throughout the house, Katherine - then twelve - spoke aloud to the unseen noisemaker, challenging him (it?) to a game - she would snap her fingers a number of times, then the invisible visitor would repeat with the same number of knocks. The neighbors were called over to witness the proceedings, and over the next couple of days, the spirits (for such they were presumed to be) communicated with them as much as possible - a code was worked out for yes or no answers, for example, and over time it was established that the beings knew much about the Fox family.

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The Fox Sisters: Spiritualism's Unlikely Founders

The Fox Sisters: Spiritualism's Unlikely Founders | The Fox Sisters | Scoop.it
Out of the pranks of precocious sisters in upstate New York in 1847 grew a religious and social movement that swept across America.
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Arthur Conan Doyle, Spiritualism, and Fairies

Arthur Conan Doyle, Spiritualism, and Fairies | The Fox Sisters | Scoop.it

Apparent evidence appeared in Hydesville, New York, in 1848, in a modest frame house which had a reputation of being haunted. Here occured the event which launched the movement known as "modern spiritualism" to distinguish it from earlier historical beliefs about an afterlife.

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THE FOX SISTERS - FOUNDERS OF THE SPIRITUALIST MOVEMENT

THE FOX SISTERS - FOUNDERS OF THE SPIRITUALIST MOVEMENT | The Fox Sisters | Scoop.it

Shortly after the "coming of the spirits" to the Fox household, the story of the family took a more dramatic turn. The two daughters, Maggie and Kate, were both purported to have mediumistic powers and the news of the unearthly communications with the spirit quickly spread. By November 1849, they were both giving public performances of their skills and the Spiritualist movement was born. The mania to communicate with the dead swept the country and the Fox sisters became famous.

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