E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The presumed art of turning tables without the application of mechanical force. Said by some to be the work of departed spirits, and by others to be due to a force akin to mesmerism. Jackson Davis (the Seer of Poughkeepsie), a cobbler, professed, in 1848, to hear spirit voices in the air. (See SPIRITUALISM.)