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Doris Stokes

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Doris May Fisher Stokes (1920-1987) was a psychic and medium who claimed to be able to "speak" to the dead. Her technique involved the use of cold readings, with a series of "refresher" questions to the person being interviewed, to the use of eavesdropping (her husband was accused of interviewing audiences before they appeared on her public shows), and planting accomplices in the audience.[1][2]

In a number of her books published during her lifetime, Stokes also claimed she solved a number of unsolved murders - all of which was proven to be untrue.[3]


  1. Fanshawe, Simon (2005-09-17) "I know what you're thinking There is, says the US 'mind reader' Marc Salem, no such thing as reading minds. But being able to read people's signs and signals, he tells Simon Fanshawe, can be elevated to an art form where science meets our enduring need for mystery" Financial Times p. 1
  2. Lewis Smith, Victor "He's just Telly Pathetic" Evening Standard, p. 35
  3. Plummer, Mark (1981)"Doris Stokes Wrong - Police" Archive copy at the Wayback Machine