Cover of Sphinx (Oct. 1913)
|Born||Hereward Hubert Lavington Carrington|
October 17, 1880
St. Helier, Jersey, England
|Died||December 26, 1958 (age 78) |
Hereward Carrington, Ph.D. (1880–1958) was a British investigator of psychic phenomena and author. His subjects included several of the most high-profile cases of apparent psychic ability of his times, and he wrote over 100 books on subjects including the paranormal and psychical research, conjuring and stage magic, and alternative health issues.
Carrington was born in St Helier, Jersey in 1880. He first came to the United States when he was 8 years old, but returned to Britain to attend prep school. He emigrated back to the United States in 1899 at the age of 18 after the death of his father.
Among Carrington's best known subjects was Margery Crandon whom he observed in 1924 on behalf of the Scientific American as part of an inquiry into Spiritualism, sitting on a committee alongside Harry Houdini, Malcolm Bird, William McDougall, Walter Franklin Prince and Daniel Frost Comstock. The committee had differing opinions on Crandon, and eventually only Carrington inclined to the belief that her powers were genuine, although subsequent evidence of possible fraud again led him to express doubts about her, writing that he maintained a "perfectly open mind" about such phenomena pending the arrival of better evidence one way or the other.
He appeared on the television show You Asked For It presenting "Spirit Trickery".
- The Physical Phenomena of Spiritualism (1907)
- Hindu Magic (1913)
- Side-Show and Animal Tricks (1913)
- Handcuff Tricks (1913)
- The Boy's Book of Magic (1920)
- Magic for Everyone (reviewed in Paul Fleming Book Reviews (1920)
- Your Psychic Powers and how to Develop Them (1920)
- Spiritualism (with James Joseph Walsh) (1925)
- Houdini and Conan Doyle (with Bernard M. L. Ernst) (1932)
- The Psychic World (1937)
- Psychic Oddities (1952)
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