The Indescribable Phenomenon The Life and Mysteries of Anna Eva Fay by Barry H. Wiley
Her ability to make people beleive she could summon the shades of the departed brought her to the attention of H. melville fay, an unscrupulous fraudulent medium (or exposer of mediums, whichever was paying better 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 day.
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 tough of an experianced 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. Wiley trots out long-buried facts, explodes fables, and leads the reader through the exploits of a cst of characters worthy of Dickens. From the underbelly of Spiritualism to the peak of the world stages, he follows Anna Eva fay and a lifetime ofstrange acquaintances. She was a celebrity, and enemy of J. N. maskelyne, a close friend of harry Houdini and harry kellar, and one of the last century's greatest mind-readers. She was "the Indescribable Phenomenon", and this is her story.
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