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Anna Eva Fay

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Anna Eva Fay

Cover of Genii (2005)
BornAnn Eliza Heathman
Southington, Ohio, USA
DiedMay 20, 1927
Resting placeWyoming Cemetery, Melrose, Massachusetts

Anna Eva Fay Pingree (1851-1927), born Ann Eliza Heathman in Southington, Ohio, was a Spiritualist popular in vaudeville during the late 1800s, where she billed herself as "The Indescribable Phenomenon".


Between 1870 and 1874 the eminent scientist William Crookes conducted a series of controversial experiments with some of the most remarkable mediums of the age, including Fay whom baffled him.[1]

Washington Irving Bishop, who had worked with her as an assistant and manager, exposed her methods to a newspaper. She was also investigated by Harry Houdini, to whom she eventually admitted many of her tricks, after her retirement. [2] Fay and Houdini would become good friends and he even visited her at her home in Melrose, Massachusetts.[3]

The Magic Circle made her an honorary member, designating her an Honorary Lady Associate, since women at that time were not eligible to be a members.

Her magic tokens are very sought after and listed in Kuethe.

Her son, John Truesdale Fay (1877-?) also had an act with his wife billing themselves as "The Fays."[4]


  1. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-58545669.html
  2. http://www.randi.org/encyclopedia/Fay,%20Anna%20Eva.html
  3. http://deadconjurers.blogspot.com/2011/02/grave-of-anna-eva-fay.html
  4. The Indescribable Phenomenon: The Life and Mysteries of Anna Eva Fay by Barry H. Wiley. Hermetic Press, Inc. (2005)