Sunday 31 October 2010

'Science Spotlight’ 10/12 Harry Price

Harry Price (1881- 1948) Born in Holborn, London. At the age of 15 Price spent the night in an old manor house rumoured to be haunted the experience assured a life long obsession with the paranormal. In 1908 He married Constance Mary Knight, her trust fund enabled Price to devote his time and efforts to the study of Psychical phenomena. He joined the Society for Psychical Research in 1920, Also an amateur conjurer and member of the Magic Circle Price gained notoriety in 1922 when he conducted an investigation on behalf of the Society into the work of spirit photographer William Hope. Armed with his knowledge of stage magic he publicly exposed Hope as a fraud launching a career uncovering many other fraudulent claims of supernormal activity. In 1926, Price established the National Laboratory of Psychical Research in London, a scientific establishment for the testing of paranormal powers, with himself as the Honorary Director. Price conducted many investigations during the course of his career His most famous case was the investigation of Borley Rectory in 1937,once described as The Most Haunted House in England. His archive, ‘the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature’ a collection of books, pamphlets and periodicals related to conjuring tricks and psychic phenomena was deposited with the University of London after his death and is still in use today.

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