Seeing is Not Believing. Here is a very clear example of a hoaxed medium photograph
Forgetomori shares a very clear example of a hoaxed medium photograph, featuring a medium wrapped in what is very obviously a very ordinary bed sheet and with a mask covering his face. This particular medium claimed to contact the dead and that the bed sheets were actually ectoplasmic in nature and the mask was the face of a deceased person.
Incredibly, after this photographic evidence proving the whole thing is a hoax, this medium still had believers in his thrall.
Urbano Pereira, a Brazilian physicist who published the images in a book, “Spiritual Surgeries” (1946), it captures something somewhat different:
“In one of the images [captured during the séance] the medium appears covered in a bed sheet and with the mask of a strange face. Father Zabeu [the directing spirit] says its doctor Francisco Costa, a deceased physician, whose identity has not been established.”
This may seem confusing because it actually is quite extraordinary. Pereira published the book defending some amazing claims, including the materialization of spirits from beyond curing diseases of the living. And yet, right there you can find one photograph that clearly shows how the “medium” capable of such extraordinary things simply covered himself with a bed sheet and a mask.
Despite this clear evidence of hoax, the author believes and writes that the mask was somehow supernatural, and it’s very probable that when he refers to bed sheets he is referring to supernatural, ectoplasmic bed sheets. All because the supposed spirit, “Father Zabeu” explained so. Of course, the spirit spoke through the medium, the man who covered himself with a bed sheet and a mask, whose name was Francisco Bello.