Davey, S. T. (1864–1891)
A member of the Society for Psychical Research, London,
who in 1886 gave imitations of the slate-writing performances
of mediums William Eglinton and Henry Slade, with a view to
exposing what he believed to be their fraud. Such fraud was a
major problem in evaluating Spiritualism. By simple conjuring
he succeeded in emulating all their feats, his successes becoming
the subject of a series of important articles. Davey’s future
as a valuable force in psychical research ended abruptly when
he died of typhoid fever at age 27.
Davey, S. T. Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Davey, S. T. ‘‘Spurious Mediumship.’’ Journal of the Society
for Psychical Research 3 (1888) 199–207.
Hodgson, Richard. ‘‘Mr. Davey’s Imitations by Conjuring of
Phenomena Sometimes Attributed to Spirit Agency.’’ Proceedings
of the Society for Psychical Research 8, 22 (1892) 253–310.

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