Bert Reese (1851-1926) was an American-Polish medium.
The psychical researcher Eric Dingwall observed Reese in New York and claimed to have discovered his cheating methods; according to Dingwall the exploits of Reese were "not worth any serious scientific consideration" and that Reese came into contact with the sealed notes. Martin Gardner wrote that Reese was an expert mentalist no different from stage magicians of the period such as Joseph Dunninger but managed to fool a number of people into believing he was a genuine psychic. Thomas Edison was duped by the billet reading tricks of Reese and claimed him to be a real psychic. This led The New York Times journalist Edward Marshall to write two articles in November, 1910 exposing with illustrations how Reese performed his tricks.
- Richard Kaczynski. (2010). Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley. North Atlantic Books. pp. 232-325. ISBN 978-1556438998
- Eric Dingwall. (1927). How to Go to a Medium. K. Paul, Trench, Trübner. pp. 31-32. Also see Eric Dingwall. (1968). Abnormal Hypnotic Phenomena: France. Barnes & Noble. p. 272
- Martin Gardner. (1957). Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science. Dover Publications. p. 311. ISBN 978-0486203942
- Karen Kelly. (2011). The Secret of "The Secret". Sidgwick & Jackson. p. 167. ISBN 978-0283070617
- The Skeptical Inquirer. (1996). Volume 20. Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. p. 12
- Theodore Annemann. (1983). Practical Mental Magic. Dover Publications. pp. 7-11