Powell, Evan (1881– )
British physical medium of Paignton, South Devon. Powell
was originally a coal miner and later a tradesman in Wales.
Powell usually sat tied to a chair before a cabinet with drawn
curtains. His chief control was ‘‘Black Hawk,’’ a Native American.
Movements of objects, psychic lights (see luminous phenomena),
and direct voice phenomena were supposedly witnessed
at his séances. He gave many sittings at the British
College of Psychic Science.
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‘‘Black Hawk’’ claimed that a book had been published
about him in the United States. A friend of Powell’s commissioned
a book agent to locate it and present it to the medium.
The title was Life of Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak or Black Hawk,
dictated by himself (Boston, 1834). ‘‘Black Hawk’’ also maintained
there was a memorial to him in Illinois, a fact subsequently
proven wrong. For a discussion of Powell’s mediumship, see
Revue Métapsychique (1924, p. 326) and Journal of the Society for
Psychical Research (vol. 44, p. 161).