Silbert, Maria

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Silbert, Maria Gender: F
born on 25 December 1866 at 00:30 (= 12:30 AM )
Place St.Stefan an der Gail, Austria, 46n37, 13e31
Timezone LMT m13e31 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 03°00' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 16°13 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 08°02'


Austrian trance medium who channeled her spooks.

Silbert was born in Waltendorf, Graz and claimed powers of apportation and psychokinesis as well as the ability to produce "spirit raps". Her famous trick was to engrave cigarette cases under the table during her séances. She allowed some lighting in her séances but did not allow investigators to look under the table where most of her phenomena was said to occur.

In 1925, the British psychical researcher Harry Price investigated Silbet and caught her using her feet and toes to move objects in the séance room.

Walter Franklin Prince in 1927 discovered how Silbert performed the cigarette trick. She had developed the ability to maneuver a stiletto using only her feet and was thus able to write names on the cigarette cases when they were held under the table.[4] Another researcher Theodore Besterman investigated Silbert in 1928 and observed that the "spirit raps" only occurred when Silbert had her legs under the table or in front of the chair which suggested that she tapped the furniture herself with her feet to makes the sounds.

Died on August 29, 1936.

Link to Wikipedia: Maria Silbert


Source Notes

Taeger Lexikon quotes her, "between midnight and 1:00 AM."

(Lescaut gives 00:43 AM as "personal record," not confirmed)


  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Psychic/ Medium/ Spiritualist (Trance medium)