Trevor H. Hall

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Trevor Henry Hall (1910–1991) was a British author, surveyor, and sceptic of paranormal phenomena.[1]


He was born in Wakefield, England. He served as a major in the British army during World War II (1939–45) and became a senior partner of V. Walker and Son (chartered surveyors) (1945–80), he was the vice president of the Huddersfield Building Society (1958–80).[2]

He had a deep interest in magic and mystery. Hall was a student in psychical research at Trinity College, Cambridge (1954–56). His knowledge of conjuring and magic helped him discover the tricks of mediums, many of whom had been caught in fraud. In his book The Spiritualists (1964) he wrote that the phenomena of the famous medium Florence Cook were fraudulent and that William Crookes had an affair with her.[3] Hall was an ex-member and critic of the Society for Psychical Research and published a series of sceptical books on the paranormal and psychical research.[4]

Hall was a collector of magic books and a member of The Magic Circle. He also wrote three books on the higher criticism of Sherlock Holmes.

Researcher Georgess McHargue noted that Hall was "one of the most astute of modern investigators, combining twentieth-century scientific techniques with a cheerful and readable writing style in his many books."[5]


  • The Haunting of Borley Rectory: A Critical Survey of the Evidence [with Eric John Dingwall, K.M. Goldney] (1956)
  • Four Modern Ghosts [with Eric John Dingwall] (1958)
  • The Spiritualists: the story of Florence Cook and William Crookes (1962)
  • Florence Cook and William Crookes: A Footnote to an Enquiry (1963)
  • The Strange Case of Edmund Gurney (1964)
  • New Light on Old Ghosts (1965)
  • Strange Things [with J.L. Campbell] (1968)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Ten Literary Studies (1969)
  • The Late Mr Sherlock Holmes: and Other Literary Studies (1971)
  • Old Conjuring Books (1973)
  • The Early Years of the Huddersfield Building Society (1974)
  • Sherlock Holmes and his Creator (1977)
  • Search for Harry Price (1980)
  • The Enigma of Daniel Home: Medium or Fraud? (1984)


  1. ^ Gale Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology
  2. ^ The Estates Gazette. (1971). Volume 220. p. 505
  3. ^ Pleasants, Helene. (1964). Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology. New York: Helix Press
  4. ^ Luckhurst, Roger. (2002). The Invention of Telepathy: 1870-1901. Oxford University Press. p. 2
  5. ^ McHargue, Georgess. (1972). Facts, Frauds, and Phantasms: A Survey of the Spiritualist Movement. Doubleday. p. 100. ISBN 978-0385053051