Fairchild, Helen
Nineteenth-century American materialization medium.
Fairchild’s mediumship was somewhat unconventional inasmuch
as she stood outside her cabinet, from which a variety of
phantom forms emerged, allegedly under the influence of her
control. According to E. A. Brackett in his book Materialized Apparitions
(1886), this forced ‘‘the skeptic or investigator to the
conclusion that the forms are either genuine materializations
or confederates.’’ Brackett, who attended some of Fairchild’s
séances, reported that dematerialization of the phantom forms
was sometimes witnessed before the cabinet in full view of the

Previous articleFortean Society
Next articleFraud