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The Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951 was a law in England and Wales which prohibited a person from claiming to be a psychic, medium, or other spiritualist while attempting to deceive and to make money from the deception (other than solely for the purpose of entertainment). It repealed the Witchcraft Act 1735, and it was in turn repealed on 26 May 2008[1] by new Consumer Protection Regulations following an EU directive targeting unfair sales and marketing practices.[2]

There were five prosecutions under this Act between 1980 and 1995, all resulting in conviction.[3]


  1. ^ Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 Schedule 4
  2. ^ "There may be trouble ahead" BBC News, 18 April 2008
  3. ^ Finkelstein, Daniel (11 April 2007). "All that clairvoyant stuff – I don't see it myself". The Times. Retrieved 17 November 2018.

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