St. Clair, David (1932–1991)
Actor, journalist, writer, and lecturer on the occult. He was
born on October 2, 1932, in Newton Falls, Ohio. He was educated
at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research.
He spent five years as a professional actor in summer
stock as well as did some television work.
In 1956 he went to Mexico and started to travel by land into
Central and South America; he reached Brazil, where he
worked full-time for Time and Life until 1965. Afterward he became
a freelance writer and lecturer. He had a strong interest
in the occult and investigated local occult practices everywhere
he traveled. He made expeditions into the Amazon and Mato
Grosso jungles, lived with Indians, and was initiated into vouStaus
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dou temples. St. Clair stated, ‘‘I’ve talked to spirits, communicated
with and even photographed a ghost, but the living still
interest me more than the dead. I believe in the spirit world,
in reincarnation, and in spirit intervention in our lives. I’ve
seen too much of it not to believe.’’ His experience became the
basis of a number of books.
St. Clair, David. David St. Clair’s Lessons in Instant ESP. Englewood
Cliffs, N.J. Prentice Hall, 1978.
———. Drum and Candle. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday,
———. Psychic Healers. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, 1974.
———. The Psychic World of California. Garden City, N.Y.
Doubleday, 1972.
———. Watseka America’s Most Extraordinary Case of Possession
& Exorcism. Chicago Playboy Press; 1977. Distributed by
Simon & Schuster.

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