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Harry Price

Harry Price

Highly charismatic personality whose energy and enthusiasm for the paranormal made him the first celebrity ghost hunter. A skilled magician and an expert at detecting fraud. Because of his flamboyant manner and continuous self-promotion, Price made a number of enemies within the psychical research field, especially within the Society of Psychical Research. Founder of the National Laboratory of Psychical Research, which later became the University of London Council for Psychical Investigation.

Psychic Practitioners (Regulation) Bill

'Psychic' Frauds are Ancient | Early London Charlatans | War Increases Fraud | Psychic Practitioners (Regulation) Bill | First Schedule | Second Schedule | Third Schedule | The Fourth Schedule

 - Harry Price -

(Private Member's Bill)
Note

          THE PURPOSE of this Bill is to amend the law concerning psychic and occult practices; to regulate the activities of those purporting to be, or calling themselves 'mediums'; and to safeguard the public from the frauds of those pretending to possess an occult or psychic faculty, at the same time protecting the genuine medium and the genuine inquirer, and furthering the interests of scientific psychical research.

Psychic practitioners Bill

This Bill is also designed to prohibit the sale of articles and apparatus alleged to induce a psychic or occult faculty and to prevent the sellers of such articles from battening on the credulity of the public; and to prohibit psychic organizations from living on the earnings of fraudulent mediums. Children and adolescents, too, are protected from being exploited by those seeking to make money out of their alleged 'powers,' the exhibition of which, invariably for gain, can hardly fail to injure, both mentally and physically, and also morally, persons of immature age.

'Psychic' Frauds are Ancient

The art of deceiving the public by spurious occult or magical demonstrations is as old as history itself, and the literature of the subject goes back many centuries. The ancient Greek priests made a science of deception, and their temples stand to-day as monuments of charlatanry and artifice far in advance of anything the modern psychic faker dare construct for purposes of deception. Hero of Alexandria exposed these priestly tricksters - who called their assistants sibyls and prophetesses - hundreds of years ago, and gave the world an illustrated account(1) of the working of their oracles, their bleeding statues, their talking gods, their fires-pitting and food-consuming idols, and the many mechanical contrivances with which the keepers of the temples deluded their followers. It is still possible to see the siphons, tubes, vaults, secret doors, chambers, and speaking-tubes by means of which they imposed on credulity in ancient Greece. Though the modern 'oracle' - unlike her prototype of Delphi and Dodona - does not now hand out her prophecies enigmatically expressed in hexameter verses, the sayings and automatic writings of some 'mediums' of to-day follow the ancient model in that they require all the interpretation that can be found for them.

(1) Spiritalia, ed. Alex Georgi, Urbino, 1592. For translation, see The Pneumatics of Hero of Alexandria, by Bennett Wooderoft, London, 1851

Early London Charlatans

Coming to modern historical times, we have records of many charlatans who, by means of a little conjuring skill and a pretence to occult knowledge, easily extracted money from the vacuous guilelessness of the ignorant and credulous. In 1561 Francis Coxe, a wandering magician, 'medium,' and miracle-worker was put in the 'pyllorye in Chepesyde' after being accused of 'certayne sinistral and develish artes.' He was ordered also to 'retract' and confess his fraud in various parts of London. He had the temerity to print his confession under the title of The Unfained Retraction of Francis Coxe ... (London, 1561). Apparently he found that writing tracts was more profitable than telling fortunes, for in the same year he published another black-letter brochure entitled: A Short Treatise, Declaring the Detestable Wickedness of Magical Sciences as Necromancie, Conjurations, Curious Astrologle, etc., one of the very earliest exposures of fraudulent mediumship. A few years later Reginald Scot devoted a whole volume(2) to what we should now call fraudulent mediumship, and in 1620 John Melton gave the world a detailed account(3) of how an astrologer robbed him of his money under the pretence of finding lost property. And there are many other early works of a similar nature.

(2) Discoverie of Witchcraft... London, 1584.
(3) Astrologaster, or the Figure-Caster... London,1620.

War Increases Fraud

During and after the Great War, the number of mediums especially fraudulent mediums - increased considerably, and the reason for this is not difficult to understand. The wave of emotionalism which swept the world during this unhappy period caused the bereaved to seek their dead ones, made people more credulous and more easily duped, and the charlatans rose to the occasion. This extraordinary credulity on the part of the public has persisted and is growing. Legislation in order to protect these persons is therefore necessary.

One of the crying scandals connected with false mediumship is the fact that when a medium is prosecuted and convicted on the clearest evidence, many spiritualists regard him as a sort of martyr and rush to his support. More than one 'medium' has leapt to fame solely on account of his having been convicted of a mean 'psychic' fraud. It is necessary to protect the public from such people, and from their own folly in consulting these charlatans.

Briefly, the Bill is intended to provide for the registration of persons claiming psychic powers, with or without examination by some competent, sympathetic body, at the same time to leave the miracle-monger who lives on the credulous, the ignorant, and the bereaved, punishable under existing law. Under the Bill, any bonβ-fide society pursuing scientific research into psychic matters may obtain recognition from the Secretary of State as 'a recognized Scientific Body.'

PSYCHIC PRACTITIONERS (REGULATION) BILL

A Bill

To provide for the regulation of psychic or occult practitioners to restrict the public exhibition of psychic faculties: to confer on the Secretary of State powers in relation to the registration of persons professing to possess such faculties: to make provision for preventing fraud in connection with psychic or occult practices and for the protection of children and young persons: to repeal the Witchcraft Act, 1735, and to amend the Vagrancy Act, 1824: and to provide for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.

Arrangement of Clauses

Registration, etc.

Clause
I. Provisions as to psychic practitioners, meetings, and literature.
2. Establishment of registers.
3. Applications for registration.
4. Particulars and notices.
5. Grant and extent of registration: certificates.
6. Power of Registration Authority to impose conditions and require undertakings.
7. Refusal and cancellation of registration.

Offences

8. Offences.
9. Penalties for offences.
10. Cancelled or suspended certificates.
11. Penalty for acting as assistant, etc., during suspension or cancellation of registration.

General

12. Recognized scientific bodies and universities.
13. Investigation Tribunal.
14. Secretary of State empowered to make rules.

Exemptions, etc.

15. Psychopathic or hypnotic treatment by registered medical practitioners exempted.
16. Repeal.
17. Amendment.
18. Interpretation.
19. Application to Scotland.
20. Short Title, Citation, and Extent.

Be it enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Psychic practitioners, meetings and literature.
1. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, no person shall on or after the appointed day

(a) practise for reward as a psychic practitioner as hereinafter defined without being duly registered under this Act,

(b) act as manager for or representative of or assistant to any unregistered psychic practitioner practising for reward,

(c) hold or convene or attempt to hold or convene or assist in holding or convening any public meeting for the purpose of exhibiting or demonstrating or attempting to exhibit or demonstrate psychic or occult phenomena, or at which such phenomena are exhibited or demonstrated or attempted or intended to be exhibited or demonstrated, or at which psychic or occult matters are or are intended to be the subject of any lecture or discussion, or, being an owner or occupier of premises, cause or permit such premises to be used for any of the purposes aforesaid,

(d) cause or permit any child or young person to be present at any exhibition or demonstration or attempted exhibition or demonstration of psychic or occult phenomena or at any lecture or discussion relating thereto, distribute or cause to be distributed or be concerned in distributing any document which to his knowledge contains

(i) any invitation to the public to attend any such meeting, lecture or discussion as aforesaid,

(ii) any offer to the public of goods as having psychic or occult properties, or any descriptive matter relating thereto,

(iii) any offer of tuition or instruction in psychic or occult matters,

(iv) any matter whatsoever relating to the activities of any living unregistered psychic practitioner, other than bonβ-fide reports of proceedings in a Court of Law or before the Investigation Tribunal constituted under this Act, or reports the publication whereof has been duly authorized by the Secretary of State under this Act,

(v) any information calculated to lead directly or indirectly to the doing of any act in contravention of this section by the recipient of the information,

(f) have in his possession for the purpose of distribution any documents which to his knowledge are documents as aforesaid,

(g) being a society, club, church, company, firm or association, receive any commission profit or reward in connection with any demonstration or exhibition of psychic or occult phenomena, or any attempted demonstration or exhibition thereof, or any lecture or discussion relating thereto.

(2) The preceding subsection shall not apply in relation to bonβ-fide research or instruction by members of the staff of any recognized scientific body or to the publications of such recognized scientific body.

(3) A person shall not be taken to contravene this section by reason only that he delivers or causes to be delivered to purchasers thereof, copies of any newspaper, journal, magazine or other periodical publication.

Establishment of Registers.
2. Every registration authority within the meaning of this Act shall establish and keep a Register of Psychic Practitioners. The Register shall be in the prescribed form and shall be open to inspection by any member of the public during ordinary office hours on payment of the prescribed fee.

Applications for Registration.
3. (1) Every psychic practitioner as hereinafter defined shall not more than six weeks nor less than twenty-one days before making any application to be registered under this Act, insert in a London daily newspaper in two different issues a notice stating that he intends to make such application: and shall give not less than seven days' notice in writing to the Registration Authority and to the Chief Officer of Police of the police area in which he intends to practise of his intention to apply for registration.

(2) Every such notice as aforesaid shall contain particulars of every name which has at any time been used by the applicant or by which he has at any time been known.

(3) It shall not be necessary to insert or give any such notices as aforesaid where the application is for the renewal without alteration of an existing certificate of registration.

Particulars and Notices.
4. (1) Every person making application to be registered under this Act shall furnish to the Registration Authority of the area in which he resides or if he has no fixed place of residence in Great Britain to any Registration Authority particulars in the prescribed form.

(2) If any circumstance occurs in relation to any person registered under this Act which affects the accuracy of any particulars with respect to the person so registered in the Register of Psychic Practitioners, the person so registered shall forthwith in writing inform the Registration Authority with which he has been registered and shall forward to the Authority his Certificate of Registration to be amended, and on receipt of such information the Registration Authority may in its discretion

(a) cause the entries respecting the person so registered and the Certificate to be amended or

(b) require the person so registered to renew his application to be registered, with or without a notice in the form prescribed by section 2 of this Act.

(3) Upon any application for registration the Registration Authority may charge such fee not exceeding forty shillings as may be prescribed for such registration, but shall not be entitled to charge any fee for such amendments as aforesaid.

Grant and extent of Registration Certificates.
5. Upon any application by any person to be registered under this Act -

(1) The Registration Authority shall hear and determine any questions arising out of such application, including any objections thereto.

(2) The Registration Authority shall have power to require the applicant to submit to such test as the Investigation Tribunal hereinafter referred to may require.

(3) The Registration Authority if satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person to be registered under this Act shall cause him to be so registered, and shall as soon as possible thereafter issue to him a Certificate of Registration under the hand of a duly authorized Officer of the Registration Authority. Such Certificate shall be in the prescribed form and shall, unless previously revoked or determined as hereinafter provided, be valid for one year or for such less period as the Registration Authority shall think fit. Any document purporting to be such Certificate shall be evidence of the facts to which it relates.

(4) The Registration Authority shall immediately on the issue of a Certificate of Registration and on any entry or amendment of an entry in the Register of Psychic Practitioners being made transmit to the Secretary of State in such manner as may be prescribed particulars of such registration, entry or amendment.

Power to require Undertakings.
6. The Registration Authority in granting any such application as aforesaid shall have power to impose upon any person making such application such conditions and restrictions and to require from him such undertaking as it shall think fit; and such conditions undertakings and restrictions shall be entered in the Register and Certificate as aforesaid.

Refusal and Cancellation of Registration.
7. (1) The Registration Authority may refuse to register any applicant or may cancel the registration of any psychic practitioner

(a) if such applicant, or such psychic practitioner, as the case may be

(i) fails or refuses to furnish such information as the Registration Authority in accordance with the regulations to be made hereunder may require, or

(ii) furnishes any incorrect information or fails to correct any incorrect information previously furnished, or

(iii) fails or refuses to submit to any required test as aforesaid,

(b) if it appears to the Registration Authority that (i) by reason of any report by the Investigation Authority, or

(ii) by reason of such applicant, or such psychic practitioner having been convicted in the United Kingdom of an offence his conviction for which necessarily involved a finding that he acted fraudulently or dishonestly, or having been convicted of an offence under this Act, or having committed a breach of any rules or regulations made by the Secretary of State hereunder or of any condition imposed by any Registration Authority hereunder,

(iii) by reason of any circumstance whatever reflecting discredit upon such applicant or such psychic practitioner

the applicant or the psychic practitioner as the case may be is not, or is no longer, a fit or proper person to be registered under this Act.

(2) Any registered psychic practitioner whose registration has been cancelled as aforesaid shall forthwith deliver up his Certificate to the Registration Authority which has issued the same.

(3) Particulars of such refusal or cancellation shall forthwith be transmitted to the Secretary of State in such manner as may be prescribed.

Offences.
8. If any person shall on or after the appointed day

(a) practise for reward as a psychic practitioner without being in possession of a valid Certificate of Registration under this Act,

(b) act as manager for or representative of or assistant to any unregistered psychic practitioner practising for reward,

(c) supply false or misleading or incorrect particulars to the Registration Authority or fail within a reasonable time to inform the Registration Authority of any change of circumstances or to forward to the Registration Authority his Certificate in accordance with the provisions of this Act,

(d) apply (except as is hereinafter provided) to be registered as a psychic practitioner after his registration has been cancelled or while it is suspended,

(e) fail to produce to the Court or the hearing of any charge under this Act his Certificate (if any) of Registration without reasonable cause, or produce a false Certificate,

[(f) being a company or firm or association of which any person whose registration has been cancelled or suspended is a director or manager or by any other means has control, or is a partner as the case may be, apply to be registered as a psychic practitioner,]

(g) do any act in contravention of the provisions of this Act or of any regulations made thereunder or of any conditions undertakings or restrictions imposed by a Registration Authority or cause or permit any premises to be used in contravention thereof, he shall be guilty of an offence under this Act.

Penalties.
9. (1) Any offence under this Act shall render the person committing the same liable, on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine not exceeding five hundred pounds or to both such imprisonment and such fine, or on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds, or to both such imprisonment and such fine, and in addition to any other penalty the Court may in its discretion:

(a) order the Certificate of any registered psychic practitioner to be delivered up and the registration to be cancelled;

(b) order the Certificate of any registered psychic practitioner to be delivered up and the registration to be suspended for such a period as the Court may deem fit;

(c) order the person convicted to pay the whole or, any part of the costs of the prosecution.

(2) Any person affected by an order made under this section may appeal to a Court of Quarter Sessions in the manner provided by the Summary Jurisdiction Acts.

(3) An order made under this Act shall not come into force until seven days after it is made or if an appeal has been entered within that period until the determination of the appeal.

(4) Where an offence under this Act is committed by a company or association the chairman and every director and every officer or other person concerned in the management of the company or association shall be deemed to have committed the like offence unless he proves that the act constituting the offence took place without his knowledge.

(5) Proceedings for an offence under this Act shall not in England be instituted except by or with the consent of the Chief Officer of Police of the police area in which the offence, or if more than one of such offences, is alleged to have been committed provided that this subsection shall not prevent the arrest, or the issue or execution of a warrant for the arrest, of any person in respect of such offence, or the remanding, in custody or on bail, of any person charged with such an offence, notwithstanding that the necessary consent to the institution of proceedings for the offence has not been obtained.

(6) If a justice of the Peace is satisfied by information on oath that there is reasonable ground for suspecting that, at any such premises as may be specified in the information, a person has any documents in his possession in contravention of the provisions of this Act, the justice may grant a warrant under his hand empowering any constable to enter the premises, if necessary by force, at any time or times within one month from the date of the warrant, and to search for, and seize and remove, any documents found therein which he has reasonable ground for believing to be in the possession of a person in contravention of this section.

(7) Any document seized under this section may be retained for a period of one month or, if within that period there are commenced any proceedings for an offence under this section to which the document is relevant, until the conclusion of those proceedings.

(8) Where any person is convicted of an offence under this section, the Court dealing with the case may make an order authorizing the destruction, or the disposal in any other specified manner, of any documents produced to the Court which are shown to its satisfaction to be documents in respect of which the offence was committed:

Provided that an order under this subsection shall not authorize the destruction, or the disposal in any other manner, of a document, until the conclusion of the proceedings in the matter of which the order is made.

(9) Subject to the provisions of the last two preceding subsections, the Police (Property) Act 1897 (which makes provision with respect to the disposal of property in the possession of the police) shall apply to property which has come into the possession of the police in consequence of a seizure under this section, as it applies to property which has come into the possession of the Police in the circumstances mentioned in that Act.

Cancelled or Suspended Certificates.
(10) (1) Any registered psychic practitioner whose registration has been ordered to be cancelled or suspended under the last preceding section shall forthwith deliver up his Certificate to the Clerk of the Court by which the order has been made, and the Clerk of the Court shall as soon as the order comes into force endorse the Certificate with a record of the order for cancellation or suspension, as the case may be, and shall forward the said Certificate so endorsed to the Registration Authority by which the said Certificate was issued, and the said Registration Authority shall thereupon cause entry of such cancellation or suspension to be made in the Register of Psychic Practitioners, and in the case of suspension shall, when the period of suspension has expired, return the Certificate to the psychic practitioner at the address entered on the Certificate, and in the case of cancellation shall retain the said Certificate.

(2) Where any order as to cancellation or suspension of registration has been made as aforesaid, the Clerk of the Court shall send notice thereof to the Secretary of State in the prescribed manner.

(3) Any person whose registration has been cancelled, may after giving notice in the prescribed manner to the Registration Authority by which his former Certificate was issued of his intention so to do, apply to the Investigation Tribunal appointed by the Secretary for State for a recommendation that he be registered as a psychic practitioner, and the examining body, if satisfied after the applicant has complied with such test or examination as such Tribunal may think fit that such person should be registered, may make such recommendation subject to such conditions as it may think fit:

Provided that no recommendation shall be made under this section unless a period of at least twelve months has elapsed since the former registration was cancelled.

(4) Where any such recommendation has been made, the applicant may make application to be registered as a psychic practitioner to the Registration Authority and the provisions of Sections 2, 3 and 4 of this Act shall apply to such application:

Provided that upon such application no further test shall be required by the Registration Authority.

Penalty for Acting as Assistant, etc.
ii. Any person whose registration as a psychic practitioner has been cancelled or suspended shall be guilty of an offence under this Act if at any time while his registration is cancelled or suspended he acts as manager for or representative of or assistant to any psychic practitioner.

Recognized Bodies.
12. (1) The Secretary of State may by order declare any body of persons to be a recognized Scientific Body or a recognized university for the purposes of this Act.

(2) Any order under this Section may be varied or revoked by a subsequent order of the Secretary of State.

(3) It shall be the duty of every recognized Scientific Body and every recognized university to furnish to the Secretary of State so often as may be prescribed a list of all persons who are members of such Scientific Body or university as the case may be, and a further list of all members as may be qualified to investigate psychic and occult matters.

Investigation Tribunal.
13. (1) For the purposes of this Act there shall be an Investigation Tribunal consisting of a Chairman who shall be a member of the legal profession appointed by the Lord Chancellor and four persons who shall be members of

(2) a recognized Scientific Body or a recognized university appointed by the Secretary of State.

For the purpose of any investigation under this Act the Investigation Tribunal shall be empowered to determine the time and place at which and the conditions under which any test required by it shall be held; and shall report the result of every such investigation in the prescribed manner to the Secretary of State.

(3) The Investigation Authority shall have power to make such recommendations as it may think fit with regard to the granting, cancellation, suspension or withholding of any registration.

(4) Where any such investigation has been made in accordance with the requirements of a Registration Authority, the Investigation Tribunal shall as soon as possible after such investigation has taken place furnish the Registration Authority concerned with a copy of any report or recommendation thereon, and if any person having been required or having applied to submit to investigation by the Tribunal fails or refuses to submit to any test prescribed by it, such failure or such refusal shall be reported in the prescribed manner to the Secretary of State.

Secretary of State to make Rules.
14. The Secretary of State shall make rules for prescribing anything which is required or authorized to be prescribed under this Act, and generally for carrying this Act into effect.

Exemption of Registered Medical Practitioners.
15. Nothing in this Act shall affect or apply in relation to bona-fide psychopathic or hypnotic treatment by any registered practitioner.

Repeal.
16. On the appointed day the Witchcraft Act, 1735, shall so far as it related to England, Wales and Scotland cease to have effect.

Amendment.
17. On and after the appointed day Section 4 of The Vagrancy Act, 1824 shall so far as it relates to England, Wales and Scotland ...

Interpretation.
18. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, the following expressions have the meanings hereby assigned to them respectively, that is to say:

'the appointed day' means such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint.

'children' and 'young persons' shall have the same meanings as in the Children and Young Persons Act, 1933.

'Police Area,' 'Chief Officer of Police' as respects the City of London mean the City and the Commissioner of City Police, and elsewhere have the same meanings as in the Police Act, 1890.

'prescribed' means prescribed by regulations of the Secretary of State.

'psychic practitioner' includes (i) any medium and (ii) any person who exercises or professes to exercise psychic or occult or magic powers or who holds himself out as possessing such powers and (iii) any person who professes or attempts to communicate with the spirits of deceased or unborn persons or to make such spirits perceptible by living persons and (iv) any person who professes or attempts by psychic or occult means to move material objects or to acquire knowledge of, foretell, or influence future or distant events or to diagnose, alleviate, cure, inflict or increase bodily or other ailments and (v) any person who practises or professes to practise mediumship, clairvoyance, crystal gazing, palmistry, necromancy, conjuration, divination or any other magical psychic or occult sciences and (vi) any person who professes or attempts to produce either himself or with or through another or others psychic, magic or occult phenomena.

'recognized scientific body' means a body of persons declared by an order of the Secretary of State for the time being in force to be a recognized scientific body.

'recognized university' means a body of persons declared by an order of the Secretary of State for the time being in force to be a recognized university.

'registered medical practitioner' shall have the same meaning as in the Medical Acts.

'registered psychic practitioner' means a person registered under this Act.

‘registration authority' for the purposes of this Act means the Common Council of the City of London or the Council of a County or County Borough.

Application to Scotland.
19. This Act shall apply to Scotland subject to the following modifications:

(To be considered.)

Short Title, Citation, and Extent.
20. (1) This Act may be cited as the Psychic Practitioners (Regulation) Act, 1939.

(2) This Act shall not extend to Northern Ireland.

FIRST SCHEDULE
Psychic Practitioners (Regulation) Act, 1939
Form of Register
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Remarks
Name under which the psychic practitioner will practice. Where the psychic practitioner registered is a firm or partnership or incorporated Co. this should be stated. Either:
(a) the address at which the psychic practitioner will practice, or
(b) a permanent postal address from which letters directed to the P. P. will be forwarded.
The true name of the P. P. in full. If the P. P. is a firm or partnership the names of all the members must be given: if an incorporated Company the names of all the directors and secretary must be given.

Surname:

Christian name:

In respect of each person whose name is given in Col. 3 Date of registration and Date of expiration of certificate. Ptrs. of any cancellation or suspension of registration including the name of Court by which order was made, date on which order came into force, period of suspension  
(a)
the address at which he resides

 

(b)
his nationality

 

(c)
every other name which he is now using or has at any time used or by which he has been known.


SECOND SCHEDULE

PSYCHIC PRACTITIONERS (REGULATION) ACT, 1939

Form of Notice of Intention to Register

Notice is hereby given that ……………….(a)
residing at ..................... (b)
and practising under the name of ……..(c)
intends to apply to the ............(d)
for registration under the above Act.

(Date) ................

Particulars of all names used by the above applicant or by which he or she has at any time been known ……………….

(a) Here insert the true name of the person or persons making the application for registration.

(b) Here insert fixed place of residence in Great Britain, if any.

(c) Here insert the name under which the Psychic Practitioner will practise. This may be omitted in the case of an incorporated Company practising under its corporate name.

(d) Here insert the designation of the registration authority, viz., County Council of …………. or County Borough Council of ………. or Common Council of the City of London as the case may be.

THIRD SCHEDULE
Psychic Practitioners (Regulation) Act, 1939
Form of Application for Registration
I/We the undersigned, do hereby apply for registration under the Psychic Practitioners (Regulation) Act, 1939, and do hereby declare the following particulars to be true and complete Particular.*
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5
Name under which the psychic practitioner will practice. Where the psychic practitioner registered is a firm or partnership or incorporated Co. this should be stated. Either:
(a) the address at which the psychic practitioner will practice, or
(b) a permanent postal address from which letters directed to the P. P. will be forwarded.
The true name of the P. P. in full. If the P. P. is a firm or partnership the names of all the members must be given: if an incorporated Company the names of all the directors and secretary must be given.

Surname:

Christian name:

In respect of each person whose name is given in Col. 3 Ptrs. of any cancellation or suspension of registration including the name of Court by which order was made, date on which order came into force, period of suspension
(a)
the address at which he resides

 

(b)
his nationality

 

(c)
every other name which he is now using or has at any time used or by which he has been known.

 

FOURTH SCHEDULE
Psychic Practitioners (Regulation) Act, 1939
Certificate of Registration
Serial No. of Entry of Register ........................
This is to Certify that the Psychic Practitioner to whom the undermentioned particulars relate has this day been registered with the Registration authority of the County/County Borough/City of ........................
Period for which this certificate remains valid ......................................
Date ...................................... Signature of officer in charge of the register .......................................

Particulars

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4
Name under which the psychic practitioner will practise. Where the psychic practitioner registered is a firm or partnership or incorporated Co. this should be stated. Either:
(a) the address at which the psychic practitioner will practice, or
(b) a permanent postal address from which letters directed to the P. P. will be forwarded.
The true name of the P. P. in full. If the P. P. is a firm or partnership the names of all the members must be given: if an incorporated Company the names of all the directors and secretary must be given.

Surname:

Christian name:
 

In respect of each person whose name is given in Col. 3
(a)
the address at which he resides

 

(b)
his nationality

 

(c)
every other name which he is now using or has at any time used or by which he has been known.
N. B. If any circumstances occur in relation to the Psychic Practitioner affecting the accuracy of the above particulars, it is the duty of the Psychic Practitioner to inform the registration authority in writing forthwith and to forward this certificate to the authority for amendment.

Note: 

The article above was taken from Harry Price's "Fifty Years of Psychical Research" (1939, Longmans, Green & Co.)

 

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