The creation or appearance of matter from unknown sources; the appearance of apparently solid objects and spirit entities out of thin air. Materialization belongs to the field of psychokinetic phenomenon.
Materializations were a popular phenomena during the height of spiritualist seances in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many instances of materializations were observed and even photographed during this period, including the materialization of objects (see apports), such as cups, coins and flowers; animal spirits, body parts, such as human hands, and even complete spirit forms. Some mediums exhibited the ability to dematerialize and then rematerialize parts of themselves.
The most famous example of materialization is mentioned in the Bible, when it was told how Jesus multiplied bread and fish to feed a hungry crowd and that this multiplication happened out of nothing.
The fact that seances often occurred in darkened rooms made it easy for fraudulent mediums to fake materializations using sleight of hand or various ingenious stage props. Materializations of complete spirits, for example, usually turned out to be the medium themselves, wrapped in muslin or wearing a more elaborate disguise. Some mediums, however, were never successfully exposed as frauds.
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Sources: (1) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (2) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (3) The Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh Edition Handy Volume Edition, Oxford University Press; (4) Evers, Beta, Subjects of Parapsychology.
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