Geraldine Cummins

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Geraldine Dorothy Cummins (1890–1969) was an Irish spiritualist medium.

Cummins was an exponent of automatic writing. She was the author of the spiritualist book The Road to Immortality (1932) which was supposed to be communicated from the spirit world by the fraudulent psychical researcher Frederic William Henry Myers.

She is most well known for her book Swan on a Black Sea (1965) which claims to be an account of her conversations with the spirit of Mrs Willett (the spiritualist name of the medium Winifred Coombe Tennant).

Researchers who studied Cummins discovered that her mediumship was fraudulent. Cummins had long standing connections with friends and families of the deceased that she claimed to have contacted.[1] She also worked as a cataloguer at the National Library of Ireland and would take information from history and religious books which she would regurgitate in her automatic writings, including Swan on a Black Sea.[2]

The only supporters of Cummins are spiritualist cranks such as Michael Prescott and Michael E. Tymn who ignore any evidence of her fraud.

Psychic woo works[edit]

  • The Scripts of Cleophas, 1928
  • Paul in Athens, 1930
  • The Great Days of Ephesus, 1933
  • The Road to Immortality, 1933
  • Beyond Human Personality, 1935
  • The Childhood of Jesus, 1937
  • After Pentecost, 1944
  • Perceptive Healing, 1945 (with R. Connell)
  • They Survive, 1946
  • The Resurrection of Christ, 1947
  • The Manhood of Jesus, 1949
  • I Appeal Unto Caesar, 1950
  • The Fate of Colonel Fawcett, 1955
  • Mind in Life and Death, 1956
  • Healing the Mind, 1957 (with R. Connell)
  • Swan on a Black Sea, 1965


  1. Mary Rose Barrington. (1966). Swan on a Black Sea: How Much Could Miss Cummins Have Known?. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. Volume 43. pp. 289-300.
  2. Eric Robertson Dodds. (2000). Missing Persons: An Autobiography. Oxford University Press. pp. 105-106.