Peters, Alfred Vout (1867– )
British clairvoyant and trance medium. When still a child he
was conscious of the presence of other ghostly children and remarked
to his mother, ‘‘I suppose they are God’s angels who
come and play with me after you leave me’’ He often had
dreams that came true, saw visions, and heard voices. His mediumship
began in 1895 when he attended a séance at his sisterin-law’s
house. Three years later he acted regularly as a medium
controlled by a guide named ‘‘Moonstone.’’
Peters’s mediumship figured in Sir Oliver Lodge’s book
Raymond, or Life & Death (1916), which largely concerned séances
with Peters and Gladys Osborne Leonard. In 1899, Peters
held a séance in London in which he had the strange expePerty,
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rience of being controlled by a living person. There were two
ladies at the sitting and a third, a well-known medium, acted
as the control of Peters from Paris. Evidential messages were
reportedly given.
Peters scored some notable success in demonstrating psychometry
in connection with the box of religious enthusiast
Joanna Southcott at the National Laboratory of Psychical Research
in 1927, before the box was officially opened by psychical
researcher Harry Price.