Neil-Smith, Christopher (1920– )
Vicar of a Church of England parish church in London, and
a leading British exorcist. He was born November 11, 1920, ordained
in 1944 and soon after became aware of a healing
power, which he has since used for dealing with possessed individuals.
He performed his first exorcism in 1949, and has since
performed as many as 500 exorcisms in a single year. By 1974,
he had performed some 2,200 exorcisms, one of which was filmed
for television.
He became well known in the public debates about exorcism
in the mid-1970s following the popular response to Peter Blatty’s
The Exorcist. He has appeared on radio and television programs
in North America, continental Europe, and Africa as well
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as in the United Kingdom. He describes his experiences and
beliefs in his 1974 book, The Exorcist and the Possessed.
Sources
Deutsch, Richard. Exorcism Possession or Obsession Foreword
by Christopher Neil-Smith. London Bachman & Turner,
1975.
Neil-Smith, Christopher. The Exorcist and the Possessed The
Truth about Exorcism. Cornwall, England James Pike, 1974. Reprint,
New York Pinnacle Books, 1974