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Table-turning

This psychic phenomenon sees tables tilted, rotated or lifted from the ground just through contact with the operator's fingertips. The procedure for table-turning is simple, a group of sitters sit around the table with their fingertips resting lightly on it, forming what's known as a 'chain'. Before long the table should move around the room, and this is a popular method used by spiritualists to communicate with the dead. The alphabet is repeated and the table should be tilted at relevant letters by the spirits. The practice started in America and came to Britain in 1853.

The craze became so popular that scientists began to seek an explanation, and they explained the table movements through unconscious movements of the muscles.

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