Crystal gazing

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Crystal-gazing (also known as crystal-seeing, crystallism, crystallomancy, gastromancy, and spheromancy) is a form of divination or scrying achieved through trance induction by means of gazing at a crystal.[1]

The C. G. act[edit]

Some stage magicians use a crystal ball as a prop and crystallomancy as a line of patter in the performance of mentalism effects. This type of presentation is sometimes referred to as a "C. G. act" - "C.G." standing for "crystal gazing." Perhaps the most famous expositor of the C. G. act during the 20th century was Alexander The Crystal Seer, billed as "The Man Who Knows." Another stage magician and mentalist who was also a crystal gazer was Julius Zancig, but he did not perform a C.G. act in public—rather, he used the crystal ball in his work as a spiritual counsellor for private clients.

See also[edit]

References and further reading[edit]

  • Atkinson, WIlliam Walker and L. W. de Laurence. Psychomancy and Crystal Gazing.
  • Besterman, Theodore. Crystal Gazing: A Study in the History, Distribution, Theory and Practice of Scrying.
  • Jones, Charles Stansfeld, as "Frater Achad". Crystal Vision through Crystal Gazing or, the Crystal as a Stepping-Stone to Clear Vision. 1923. Yogi Publication Society.
  • Melville, John. Crystal Gazing and the Wonders of Clairvoyance. c. 1915. W. Foulsham & Co.
  • Nelson, Robert A., as "Dr. Korda Ra Mayne". Six lessons in Crystal Gazing. 1928. Psychic Science Publishing Co.
  • Northcote, W. Thomas. Crystal Gazing: Its History and Practice, with a Discussion on the Evidence for Telepathic Scrying.
  • Zancig, Julius. Crystal Gazing, the Unseen World: a Treatise on Concentration. 1926. I. and M. Ottenheimer.


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Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.