D’Ourches, Comte (ca. 1856)
Nineteenth-century French occultist who experimented
with mesmerism and animal magnetism. During the 1850s he
and his friend the Baron L. von Guldenstubbe pioneered the
formation of Spiritualist circles in France similar to those being
formed in America. The baron describes such séances in his
book La Réalité des Espirits et le Phénomène merveilleux de leur écriture
directe (1857), stating that the Comte D’Ourches succeeded
in making tables rise without contact, in addition to the phenomena
of table-turning, raps, and vibration of piano chords.
D’Ourches was also associated with the baron’s experiments in
obtaining direct writing.

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