Punch,  54 (1868), 169.

Another Smash for Spiritualists





Sound, Physics, Spiritualism, Charlatanry

    Boasting that Mr Punch's jokes have stopped the 'spirits' from giving musical concerts, tha author stresses how 'easy it would be to copy their performance', appealing to a passage in Tyndall 1867 in which the physicist insists on the unlimited distance through which sounds and music can be transmitted. Interprets this as suggesting that the sounds of a guitar or an accordion (instruments frequently used at séances) could be transmitted from a room beneath the 'apartment where the spirits were holding their séance' and thus 'wondrously astonish the weak minds of the audience'.

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