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These Karoo or toe puppets strongly resemble the French marionettes a la planchette. Similar toe puppets are also found in West and Central African countries as part of street entertainments and fertility ceremonies (Blumenthal 2004, pp.
For example, as a white middle-class woman, Stowe typified her social stratum's interest in mediumship, mesmerism, and spiritualism by her participation in seances and her experimentation with a planchette, which Wardley describes as "a ouija-board-like instrument designed for extraworldy [sic] communication" (208).
Myers, 'Automatic Writing or the Rationale of the Planchette', The Contemporary Review, XLVII, Jan.-June (1885), 233-249, and his 'Multiplex Personality', reprinted in Embodied Selves: An Anthology of Psychological Texts 1830-1890, Jenny Bourne Taylor and Sally Shuttleworth, eds.
QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 It provides our sense of balance; 2 A planchette; 3 Man - as a baby, an adult and an old person with a stick; 4 Martin Luther King Jr; 5 Thomas Cook.
With the aim of contacting 'the spirit world' during a seance, participants each place a finger on a pointing device, or planchette. The planchette is observed to move--propelled by 'metaphysical forces'--and so spell out messages from a purported 'spirit world'.
Leslie Stringfellow, a 20-year-old Texan who died in 1886, wrote (allegedly, let us remember) through a planchette to his parents, "I don't believe there are two parents in the world who have so constantly remembered their son as you have." He delights in their loving attention and contrasts himself to others who "never receive the gift of a single flower" and feel themselves alone and forgotten by their loved ones, to their great sorrow.
ANSWERS: 1 It provides our sense of balance; 2 A planchette; 3 Man - as a baby, an adult and an old person with a stick; 4 Martin Luther King Jr; 5 Thomas Cook; 6 B&Q; 7 A Soviet labour camp; 8 Oxer; 9 Avis car rentals; 10 Martello towers.
ANSWERS: 1 It provides our sense of balance; 2 A planchette; 3 Man - as a baby, an adult and an old person with a stick; 4 Martin Luther King Jr; 5 Thomas Cook; 6 B&O; 7 A Soviet labour camp; 8 Oxer; 9 Avis car rentals; 10 Martello towers.
The number of dead led to the appearance of what was called at first "planchette" ...
It is said that side saddle riding can be traced back as far as the 9th century, when a horse was the only means of transport and a lady would sit completely aside on a pad with her legs to the side, later developing into the planchette with a ledge for the feet, and gradually evolving over the years into the present day saddle.
Sometime after their marriage, the Lamberts, in company with Powell, were visiting Gerald Reitlinger, a mutual friend, when the host produced a planchette board.