Meaning of table-turning in English:



mass noun
  • A process or phenomenon in which a table is turned or moved supposedly by spiritual agency acting through a group of people who have placed their hands on its surface.

    ‘He used this principle of expectant attention to account for the phenomena of dowsing, movements of the exploring pendulum, and the then current fad among spiritualists, table-turning.’
    • ‘Table-turning was even more successful in France, with its tradition of mesmerism and animal magnetism.’