Table-Turning

The presumed art of turning tables without the application of mechanical force. Said by some to be the work of departed spirits, and by others to be due to a force akin to mesmerism. Jackson Davis (the Seer of Poughkeepsie), a cobbler, professed, in 1848, to hear “spirit voices in the air.” (See Spiritualism.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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