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the movement of a table attributed by spiritualists to the power of spirits working through a group of persons placing their hands or fingers on the table top
(often derogatory) spiritualism in general
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  • He lost a dear friend, and immediately proceeded to communicate with the departed by means of table-turning and rapping.

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • Bouvard in this way learned about the new fashion of table-turning.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • And this rule with regard to table-turning, the manipulation of musical instruments, etc., equally applies to materialisation.

    Byways of Ghost-Land Elliott O'Donnell
  • At the Schumanns' house Brahms learned chess and table-turning.

  • Spirit-rapping, table-turning, and the rest of it, fare badly at the hands of Leech.

  • The raps were, in Europe, a later phenomenon than the table-turning, and aroused far more interest.

  • True, they joined in the table-turning, but they relished the absurd ineptitudes, the indecent conversation of the mocking spirit.

    The Hidden Force Louis Couperus
  • There were no physical experiments of table-turning, or tables moving or speaking.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
  • table-turning is easily first among the ways of giving rein to the unconscious.

  • What, we may ask, do those who hold in their hands a perfect revelation from God want of table-turning and spirit-rapping?

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