`In his fascinating book, Servants of the Supernatural, Antonio Melechi brings to life the wonderfully flamboyant cheats and frauds of the 19th century medium trade. We tend to believe that we would never be so gullible. But Melechi's story arises from the real life Victorian struggles to balance the competing worldviews of science and religion, something we yet wrestle with today. His tale stands beautifully as a reminder to choose one's beliefs carefully in vulnerable times.' -- Deborah Blum, author of Ghost Hunters
`Servants of the Supernatural ... is a brief history...of the extraordinary popularity of psychics, mesmerists, mediums and somnambulists in the Victorian era. It is a fascinating and hilarious subject.' -- Mail on Sunday
`This is one of the most balanced and thoroughly engaging accounts I have ever come across of the Victorian spiritualist demimonde.'
-- New Humanist
`[An] engrossing account of séances, mesmerism and mediums.' -- Scotland on Sunday
`[a] lustrous new book - a history of the heyday of the Victorian séance in all its table-trembling, tambourine-tapping glory.' -- Word Magazine
A compelling history of the golden era of the Victorian seance that tells the tale of the mediums and psychics, their followers, and the sleuths who set out to expose them
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