Myers, John (d. 1972)
Prominent British medium who demonstrated psychic healing
and spirit photography. Originally a London dentist, he
visited a psychical research society in 1931 where a medium
warned him of a possible defect in his automobile. His interest
in psychic phenomena so piqued, Myers visited the Stead Bureau
(see Julia’s Bureau), founded by W. T. Stead. He met the
medium Ada Emma Deane, who practiced psychic photography
and tried the phenomena for himself, with successful results.
He also discovered a mediumistic talent.
In his séances, Myers would enter into semi-trance while
standing and was controlled by ‘‘Blackfoot,’’ an American Indian.
From clairvoyant impressions, he would describe the presence
of spirit forms and, quite frequently, the extra that would
appear on a photographic plate.
He was challenged by the Marquess of Donegall. In the presence
of the art editor of the Sunday Dispatch, journalist Hannen
Swaffer, and stage magician Will Goldston, Donegall filled
Myers’s camera (which he examined) with his own marked
plates, took six pictures in bright light while Myers simply
stood by, and developed them himself.
Two of the plates showed extras that neither Donegall nor
the art editor could explain (Sunday Dispatch, October 9, 1932).
The following week, however, after another sitting, Donegall
accused Myers of substituting plates.
In the l930s, Myers was consulted by Laurence Parish, a New
York businessman, who was greatly impressed by his psychic
photography. Myers was also instrumental in the psychic healing
of Parish’s sciatica and restoring normal eyesight after years
of defective vision. After these miraculous cures, Parish invited
Myers to join his company in New York. Myers accepted and
eventually became vice president of the company.
Barbanell, Maurice. He Walks in Two Worlds The Story of John
Myers, Psychic Photographer, Healer and Philanthropist. London
n.p., 1964.