When I hired people to work for me as phone psychics 99% of those who applied were rubbish and knew it, they were just thinking about how to get paid to chat on the phone. Some were single mums looking for a way to get paid to chat whilst at home with a baby, others were old and not very healthy looking for an alternative to the cleaning job they have been doing for years. Up until then neither had any interest at all in being “psychic” and many of them also work for sex chat lines. Of course, they were turned down, but then they end up working for the very cheap services that find it very hard to get anyone and cannot be fussy.
Some scientists of the period who investigated spiritualism also became converts. They included chemist Robert Hare, physicist William Crookes (1832–1919) and evolutionary biologist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913). Nobel laureate Pierre Curie took a very serious scientific interest in the work of medium Eusapia Palladino. Other prominent adherents included journalist and pacifist William T. Stead (1849–1912) and physician and author Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930).