David Phelps Abbott

David Phelps Abbott

Birth
Falls City, Richardson County, Nebraska, USA
Death 12 Jun 1934 (aged 70)
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 19735879 · View Source
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Scientist, Magician and investigator of Spiritualist mediums. He was born in Falls City, Nebraska, September 22, 1863. His early education consisted of three months a year in a country schoolhouse on Nebraska prairies, and a final nine months in Falls City High School. In later life Abbott followed the trade of a money lender but took a great interest in science and philosophy. He also became an amateur magician, inventing and performing many startling feats of magic. He lived for some years in Omaha, Nebraska.

Abbott published numerous essays and several books on psychical subjects. His book Behind the Scenes with the Mediums exposed many techniques of fake mediumship, including slate writing and billet tests (see pellet reading). In spite of his skepticism regarding the claims of mediumship, however, Abbott did not rule out the possibility of genuine phenomena. In a thoughtful contribution to the second volume of The Dream Problem by Ram Narayana (Delhi, 1922), he stated: "I mention these things to show that telepathy is far from established as a fact, yet I must say that I believe it to be possible under certain conditions, but positively it can not be commanded at will in the slightest degree." He then related personal and family experiences of veridical dreaming.

Abbott died in 1934 of diabetes.


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  • Created by: Warren Cupples
  • Added: 5 Jun 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19735879
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Phelps Abbott (22 Sep 1863–12 Jun 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19735879, citing Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Warren Cupples (contributor 46496352) .