Perhaps it may be said, the delusion of table-moving is past, and need not be recalled before an audience like the present - even granting this, let us endeavour to make the subject leave one useful result; let it serve for an example, not to pass into forgetfulness. It is so recent and was received by the public in a manner so strange, as to justify a reference to it, in proof of the uneducated condition of the general mind.
Michael Faraday 1854. Lectures on Education. London: Savill and Edwards, 1854. p.54.