It is often claimed in parapsychology and spiritualist books that Home was never caught in fraud. However, skeptics have stated that this claim does not hold up to scrutiny as Home was caught utilizing tricks by different witnesses on different occasions. It is simply that Home was never publicly exposed in fraud. Privately, he was caught in fraud several times.
In addition, there are natural explanations both possible and likely for each of his phenomena. The allegation was repeated by Harry Houdini and later writers. Browning's account states that, although he was promised that he would be allowed to hold a "spirit-hand," the promise was not kept.
He saw Home slip his foot from his shoe and touch the arm of the Empress, who believed it to be one of her dead children. The observer stepped forward and revealed the fraud, and Home was conducted out of the country: "The order was to keep the incident secret. Barthez and General Fleury are second hand and have caused dispute between psychical researchers and skeptics. The host slipped the bottle into his pocket and when examined the next day, it was found to contain phosphorus oil.
Home's hands were visible only as a faint white heap". Robert Browning believed they were attached to Home's feet. Home was known for his alleged feat of handling a heated lump of coal taken from a fire. The magician Henry Evans speculated that this was a juggling trick, performed by a hidden piece of platinum.
Between and , chemist and physicist William Crookes conducted experiments to determine the validity of the phenomena produced by three mediums: Florence Cook , Kate Fox , and Home.
Crookes' final report in concluded that the phenomena produced by all three mediums were genuine, a result which was roundly derided by the scientific establishment. In addition, Crookes' motives, methods, and conclusions with regard to Florence Cook were called into question, both at the time and subsequently, casting doubt on his conclusions about Home. Fay later confessed to her fraud and revealed the tricks she had used.
Home was investigated by Crookes in a self-built laboratory at the rear of his house at Mornington Road, North London in No plans of the laboratory have been found and there is no contemporary description of it. Crookes wrote the board and spring balance experiment was a success with Home and had proven "beyond doubt" the existence of a " psychic force. The experiment was rejected and ridiculed by the scientific community for lack of scientific controls. In the experiment Home refused for Crookes to be near him and would draw attention to something on the other side of the room, or make conversation for diversionary signals.
In , Balfour Stewart in an article for Nature noted that the experiments were not conducted in broad daylight before a large unbiased audience and the results were inconclusive. Stewart suspected the phenomena observed was "subjective, rather than objective, occurring in the imaginations of those present rather than in the outward physical world. Earwaker wrote a science review that heavily criticized the Crookes' experiments for their poor design concluding they were pseudoscientific. According to Earwaker "For in truth they are the very opposite of scientific.
Even to call them unscientific is not strong enough; clumsy and futile are much nearer the truth. The engineer Coleman Sellers questioned the origin and weight of the board used with the balance spring apparatus.
Sellers wrote that a standard mahogany board weighs around thirteen and half pounds but the one used in Crookes' experiment may have been at fault at only six pounds. Vanderweyde noted that Crookes was already a believer in psychic powers before he obtained the results of the experiments. Vanderweyde stated the spring balance used in Crookes' experiment was unreliable as it was easy to manipulate by deception and suggested he should repeat the experiment by using a chemical balance.
According to Barry Wiley during the board and spring balance experiment, Home refused for Crookes to sit near him and he was occupied by writing notes. Wiley suspected Home used resin on his finger tips to tamper with the apparatus which managed to fool Crookes into believing a psychic force was being displayed.
There is not the slightest doubt in my mind that this brainy man was hoodwinked, and that his confidence was betrayed by the so-called mediums that he tested. His powers of observation were blinded and his reasoning faculties so blunted by his prejudice in favor of anything psychic or occult that he could not, or would not, resist the influence. Home the names of the observers and claimed Home was in communication with spirits.
Crookes' assistant was the glass blower Charles Henry Gimingham — who had built the experimental apparatus. Wiley suspected that Gimingham worked as a secret accomplice for Anna Eva Fay in her experiments with Crookes. Wiley noted that "Gimingham had free and open access to Crookes' laboratory and frequently worked there unsupervised with Crookes' full trust.
Joseph McCabe criticized the Crookes experiments for lack of scientific controls and wrote Home was "daily in and out of Crookes's laboratory, and it appears that he closely watched the development of the tests and was prepared in advance. The physicist Victor Stenger commented that the experiments were poorly controlled; he gave the example of Home requesting all hands to be removed from the table whilst all those present complied.
Stenger noted that "Crookes gullibly swallowed ploys such as this and allowed Home to call the shots In the accordion experiment, Home sat at a table, with Crookes and another observer on either side of him, each with a foot on one of Home's feet. Home inserted his hand inside a wire cage that was pushed under the table.
One of Home's hands was placed on the top of the table, and the other inside the cage which held an accordion on the non-key side, so the keyed end was hanging downwards. The accordion was reported to have played musical sounds. According to Frank Podmore there was no evidence the accordion played at all, as the keys were not observed to have moved.
Podmore suggested the musical sounds could have come from an automatic instrument that Home had concealed. Carpenter wrote that although Crookes, his assistant and Sergeant Cox claimed to have observed the accordion float in the cage; Dr. Huggins did not testify to this, and no information was given to whether the keys and bellows were seen to move. According to Carpenter no solid explanation could be given until the experiment is repeated, however, he suggested that the accordion feat that Home performed may have been a conjuring trick achieved with one hand.
Carpenter concluded that Crookes should repeat the experiment in open daylight without the cage in the presence of other witnesses. Earwaker heavily criticized the design of the accordion experiment as it took place under a dining room table. Earwaker who read Crookes' report noted that "no reason for this strangest of all strange positions is even hinted at. The magician John Nevil Maskelyne also criticized the design of the experiment for taking place under a table. Both contain only one-octave. The psychical researcher Hereward Carrington and spiritualism expert Herbert Thurston have claimed the accordion experiment was not the result of deliberate fraud.
The magician Henry Evans suggested the accordion feat was Home playing a musical box, attached to his leg. According to McCabe "the opening and shutting of the accordion could be done by hooks, or loops of black silk. So with the crowning miracle, when Home withdrew his hand, and the accordion was seen suspended in the air, moving about in the cage under the dark table. It was probably hooked on to the table.
The writer Amos Norton Craft suggested a false keyboard:. The trick has since been often repeated and explained. The medium must have the semblance of key-board, made of some light material, concealed in his coat sleeve or about his person. This he attaches to the bottom of the accordion which he holds in his hand. Then when unobserved, while the learned professor is "taking down his notes" for the public press, he reverses the accordion, and attaching the false keyboard on the bottom by means of a small hook attached to it, fastens it to the side of the basket; having now the real keyboard in his hand he is able to produce musical sounds.
Afterward the accordion floated about in the basket under the table, without the contact of Mr. Home's hand. This subsequent phenomenon was given to avoid immediate examination of the first by keeping Professor Crookes in suspense, and giving the medium time to reverse the instrument and conceal in his clothing the false key-board which had been on the bottom of the instrument.
The accordion was suspended by means of a small hook fastened to dark thread, which would be invisible in the gas-light. Researcher Ronald Pearsall in his book The Table-Rappers suggested that a loop of catgut was attached to the accordion so Home could turn it round. Other researchers have suspected that a secret accomplice was involved. However, Brandon dismissed the accomplice hypothesis as unlikely. Skeptic James Randi stated that Home was caught cheating on a few occasions, but the episodes were never made public, and that the accordion feat was a one-octave mouth organ that Home concealed under his large moustache.
Randi writes that one-octave mouth organs were found in Home's belongings after his death. Home could easily have produced the sound of the accordion concertina by the use of a small harmonica concealed in his mouth. The up and down movement of the accordion could easily have been produced by catching the bottom of the accordion in a loop of black thread, or on a hook.
The claim that the accordion feat was performed by Home using a small harmonica was originally suggested by J. Robertson in They display a duplicate. Home married twice. Home that he had slept in the same bed with Home. Many of the diary entries contain erotic homosexual overtones between Adare and Home.
Home retired due to ill health; the tuberculosis, from which he had suffered for much of his life, was advancing and he said his powers were failing. He died on 21 June at the age of 53 and was buried in the Russian cemetery of St. Germain-en-Laye , in Paris. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Daniel Dunglas Home. Daniel Dunglas Home by Nadar. Currie , Scotland. Alexandria de Kroll m. Julie de Gloumeline m. A Magician Among the Spirits. Cambridge University Press. A Sitting With D. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research 76— Quoted in Joseph McCabe. Spiritualism: A Popular History from Dodd, Mead and Company. Merrifield was present at one of the sittings. Home's usual phenomena were messages, the moving of objects presumably at a distance , and the playing of an accordion which he held with one hand under the shadow of the table. But from an early date in America he had been accustomed occasionally to "materialise" hands as it was afterwards called.
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