Stanley LeFevre Krebs

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Stanley LeFevre Krebs
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Born Stanley LeFevre Krebs
(1864-01-14)January 14, 1864
Emmitsburg, Frederick County, Maryland, U.S.
Died September 26, 1935(1935-09-26) (aged 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Psychologist, Salesmanship lecturer
Years active 1880's-1935
Spouse(s) Marjorie Main (1921-1935, his death)
Parent(s) Walter Edmund Krebs
Isabella Shriver LeFevre Krebs

Stanley LeFevre Krebs (January 14, 1864 – September 26, 1935[1]) was an American psychologist and salesmanship lecturer.


In 1889, he received a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Chicago School of Psychology. Krebs was a one time president of the American University of Trade and Applied Commerce of Philadelphia and a pastor in the Reformed Church.[1]

He married the actress Marjorie Main on November 2, 1921.[2] He was the president of the American Institute of Mercantile Art, Philadelphia, where he worked as a salesmanship lecturer.[3]

Throughout his career, he exposed a number of fraudulent mediums. He employed a secret mirror and caught the medium Henry Slade swapping slates and hiding them in the back of his chair.[4] Krebs exposed the Bangs Sisters by using a secret mirror under the table, which caught them tampering with a sealed envelope. The sisters during the séance would open the envelope and write in it a reply which they would pretend a spirit had written.[5]

He also wrote the book Trick Methods of Eusapia Paladino (1910), which documented the tricks of the medium Eusapia Palladino. His daughter was Anna Belle Columba Krebs Culverwell, an artist who developed the cartoon "Skuddabud". She wrote and illustrated "The Moon is Inhabited".

He died from cancer on September 27, 1935, in New York City.[6]



  1. ^ a b Stanley LeFevre Krebs (1864-1935)
  2. ^ Vogel, Michelle. (2011). Marjorie Main: The Life And Films of Hollywood's "Ma Kettle". McFarland. p. 9. ISBN 978-0786464432
  3. ^ Kansas Bankers Association. (1916). Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the Kansas Bankers Association. p. 14.
  4. ^ Stein, Gordon. (1996). The Encyclopedia of the Paranormal. Prometheus Books. p. 705. ISBN 978-1573920216
  5. ^ Nickell, Joe. (2001). Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal. The University Press of Kentucky. pp. 267–268. ISBN 978-0813122106
  6. ^ Nissen, Axel. (2011). Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Faces from Hollywood from the Thirties to the Fifties. McFarland. p. 111. ISBN 978-0786461103

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