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The psychic Mafia

Author: M Lamar Keene; Allen Spraggett
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©1976.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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M. Lamar Keene, who came to be known as the "Prince of the Spiritualists," enjoyed the riches and fame that accompany the life of a sought-after medium. He claimed to be clairvoyant and to produce objects out of thin air. He conducted seances in which participants talked with and even touched the dead. Yet every miracle Keene performed was a fraud, a lie, and a trick played on willing, gullible victims. In this
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Named Person: M Lamar Keene; M Lamar Keene; M Lamar Keene; M Lamar Keene
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M Lamar Keene; Allen Spraggett
OCLC Number: 2212880
Description: 177 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: One. Miracles deluxe --
Two. The making of a medium: How it all started --
Three. High camp among the spirits, or who grabbed my ectoplasm? --
Four. The name of the game: Money, or the spirits and swiss banks --
Five. Secrets of the seance, or how to give the spirits a helping hand --
Six. A short history on meduimistic fraud, or "spooks-a no come!" --
Seven. Sex in the seance, or how to lay a ghost --
Eight. The unmaskinf of a medium: How it all ended --
Nine. The psychic mafia.
Responsibility: by M. Lamar Keene, as told to Allen Spraggett, with a foreword by William V. Rauscher.

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M. Lamar Keene, who came to be known as the "Prince of the Spiritualists," enjoyed the riches and fame that accompany the life of a sought-after medium. He claimed to be clairvoyant and to produce objects out of thin air. He conducted seances in which participants talked with and even touched the dead. Yet every miracle Keene performed was a fraud, a lie, and a trick played on willing, gullible victims. In this powerful and brutally honest book, Keene exposes the secrets of the seance room, including ghostly apparitions, floating trumpets, "spirit sex," and other tricks used by mediums to exploit believers.

The discovery of the story of Lamar Keene and his remarkable life began when William V. Rauscher contacted Keene and conducted 75 hours of interviews not including visits to investigate Spiritualist Camps, preparing written reports, contacting publishers, writing the foreword and the extensive bibliography assembled from his own research library. The selection of a publisher and their desire to have researcher, writer, Allen Spraggett prepare the final manuscript resulted in one of the great classic books of psychical research. In addition to his research Rauscher's pastoral help to Keene averted the mediums plan to commit suicide. Keen was later successful in several business ventures and he never returned to mediumship. Lamar Keene died June 11, 1996. His story is a testament to the underworld of fake mediumship and the intriguing life of a man known as the "Prince of Spiritualism."

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