The Indescribable Phenomenon by Barry H. Wiley

Price $65.00

+ Earn $3 reward points [What are these?]

 Available: Usually Ships in 1 Business Day! [details]
HURRY! - Only 4 left!



Add to Cart:


Ask a question


The Indescribable Phenomenon by Barry H. Wiley

She was one of the most famous and successful mediums and mentalists of the twentieth century. She fooled the best minds of her time. She was, in the words of J. N. Maskelyne...

"...a fascinating little blonde."

After devoting twenty-eight years of research to her, Barry Wiley has written a biography that is both highly entertaining and thoroughly documented, weaving a story that includes a cast of magicians, mind readers, mediums, scientists, private detectives, frauds, suicides and murderous autopsies. It is a chapter of magic's history not to be missed.

On March 31, 1848, a new religion called Spiritualism was born. Less than three years later saw another birth, that of Ann Eliza Heathman to a simple cobbler in Southington, Ohio. While still a child, Annie was told she was a medium for the spirits of the dead, and from that point on she never looked back.

Her ability to make people believe she could summon the shades of the departed brought her to the attention of H. Melville Fay, an unscrupulous fraudulent medium (or exposer of fraudulent mediums--whichever was paying best at the time). Under his guidance, Annie conquered America and then Europe, becoming Anna Eva Fay, the girl who baffled William Crookes, one of the most respected scientists of the age.

When the star of Spiritualism finally waned, Anna adapted, conjuring thoughts, rather than ghosts, from the minds of theater audiences, to become one of the most famous and successful stage mentalists of the twentieth century. Barry Wiley has spent twenty-eight years researching the astonishing life and career of Anna Eva Fay, and chronicles it with the touch of an experienced storyteller, while fully documenting his tale, the nature of which might otherwise be doubted. Along the way, he uncovers facts about other famous mediums and mystery performers of the heyday of Spiritualism, including the story behind how Washington Irving Bishop, one of America's greatest "muscle readers", got the nickname "petticoat Bishop", and how Charles H. Foster, the famous billet-reading medium, met a face-to-face challenge from Bishop on a New York stage and beat him in a battle of dueling frauds. Wiley trots out long-buried facts, explodes fables, and leads the reader through the exploits of a cast of characters worthy of Dickens. From the underbelly of Spiritualism to the peak of the world's stages, he follows Anna Eva Fay and a lifetime of strange acquaintances. She was a celebrity, an enemy of J. N. Maskelyne, a close friend of Houdini, Kellar and Karl Germain, and one of the last century's greatest mind-readers. She was "The Indescribable Phenomenon" and this is her story.

A quality hardcover, 454 pages, printed on coated paper, including two sections of color plates.




FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

There are currently not any questions about this product.


This product was added to our catalog on Friday 06 May, 2005.

Customers who bought this product also purchased...
Al Koran's Secrets - DVD

Performed and explained by Graham Jolley in conversation with Martin Breese. The DVD is the final work of Martin Breese's long career in magic. So ... more info -

$42.50
Special Order: usually ships within 1 business day!
( Availability Limited - 10 left!)


Al Koran The Unique Years by Martin Breese - Book

This new book - compiled and edited by Martin Breese - gathers together all of Al Koran's magazine articles from the magic Wand, the Gen, the Wizard ... more info -

$47.00
Special Order: usually ships within 1 business day!
(Availability Not Guaranteed - 3 left!)


Classic Indian Street Magic (Book and DVD) by Martin Breese - DVD

Some years ago in India, I (Martin Breese) met up with a young snake charmer and street magician. He was taught by his grandfather and father. His ... more info -

$11.70
Special Order: usually ships within 1 business day!
(Availability Guaranteed - 55 left!)


Sign Up for our Newsletter

Ask a question about the The Indescribable Phenomenon by Barry H. Wiley





Have an Effect?

Submit A Trick

Login

Testimonials

Outstanding Service

MJM has provided outstanding service on all my purchases. Thank you MJM!!!!
Read More ->


Fast shippers!!

Really fast processing and shipping of my order. MJM Magic has great products, prices, and returning customer discounts! Thank you!
Read More ->


These guys are GREAT!

These people are GREAT! Why? 1. They reply to “email” 2. They are "user friendly!" 3. They will "HELP YOU!" 4. They use "PayPal!" 5. They...
Read More ->


Best Service

I've dealt with a few online magic stores, but for someone living in South Africa the discounts and prompt service really matter. Keep it up.
Read More ->


genuine interest in customers

I have found that Jeff is genuinely interested in his customers and responds quickly to any email enquiry or possible difficulty with purchase. I...
Read More ->


At The Table Experience