222 – Mysterious Michigan and the Spiritualist Movement with Amberrose Hammond – Big Seance

Oct 17, 2022 | 0 comments


For over twenty years, Amberrose Hammond has been researching the supernatural, weird, and off-beat history of Michigan, and she also has an intense interest in the Spiritualist movement. In this episode, Patrick talks to Amberrose about her most recent book, Mysterious Michigan: The Lonely Ghost of Minnie Quay, the Marvelous Manifestations of Farmer Riley, the Devil in Detroit & More. Other topics include the Ouija board and a spectacular behind-the-scenes look at fraudulent Victorian mediums.


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In this episode:

Episode Teaser :00

Intro :45

Please share the show with a friend who would appreciate it! 1:26

Amberrose Hammond’s Bio. 2:53

Patrick and Amberrose share a love of historic cemeteries! 4:08

The story of the cover of Mysterious Michigan7:46

Falling in love with Michigan’s haunted history. 10:10

Paranormal conferences and more on Amberrose’s early involvement in the paranormal. 14:44

Vicksburg Spiritualist Camp at Fraser’s Grove. 16:58

“Do you Ouija?” Ouija stories from Michigan in the 1920s. 19:24

The 1920 Ouija Board and Automatic Writing: How to do it pamphlet by Hereward Carrington, PhD. 22:38

The joy of collecting Ouija boards, and some early experiences with them. 24:30

“People would describe that these forms would come floating out of the floor.” James “Farmer” Riley, seances, spirit cabinets, and a behind-the-scenes look at fraudulent Victorian mediums. 28:25

“Sitters were fooled because of a willingness to believe.” 38:55

Did the fraud really hurt anything? 40:24

Going back in time or recreating these Victorian seances. 41:36

Dividing a fortune! The lost story of Eber B. Ward and the Kardashians of their day. Plus celebrity mediums in the courtroom! 43:24

Fraud was rampant in the Spiritualist Movement, but a lot of good came out of it as well. 53:30

Other stories from the book. 56:53

Halloween talk, Howard the Duck, and Trick-or-Treating! 1:00:07

Hocus Pocus 2! 1:07:55

Chilli and pumpkin spice. 1:08:45

Final thoughts from Amberrose Hammond and where to find her! 1:09:33

A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 1:11:00

Outro 1:13:32


For more on Amberrose Hammond

Amberrose's previous appearance in episode 151





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