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 Table Money.Tableaux Vivants (French, living pictures). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. 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.)   1

 Table Money.Tableaux Vivants (French, living pictures). 


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