College of Psychic Studies

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The College of Psychic Studies (founded in 1884 as the London Spiritualist Alliance)[1] is a non-profit organisation based in South Kensington, London. They are dedicated to the study of spiritual phenomena.


Gerald Balfour, the second Earl of Balfour, founded the college in 1884.[2] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a former president of the college through the 1920s.[3][4]

In the 1960s, after a revival in spiritualism, the College associated itself with the Society for Psychical Research, collecting thousands of case files.[4]

By 1968 Paul Beard was the president of the college for 16 years.[4] The college currently offers twelves courses on psychic abilities.[5] Tony Stockwell is a member of the college.[6]


  1. ^ Cheung, Theresa (2006). The Element Encyclopedia of the Psychic World. Harper Element. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-00-721148-7. 
  2. ^ Picardie, Justine (January 9, 2004). "Psychics". The Evening Standard. 
  3. ^ "Paul Beard". The Times. July 4, 2002. p. 33. 
  4. ^ a b c "Paul Beard Chartered surveyor and President of the College of Psychic Studies who wrote an analysis of the afterlife". The Daily Telegraph. June 15, 2002. p. 25. 
  5. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (August 7, 2006). "Generation X-Files". New Statesman. 
  6. ^ "Spend an evening with 'The Psychic Detective'". The Citizen. October 29, 2010. p. 7. 

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