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A seance is a method to communicate with supernatural entities, especially the spirits of the dead, in a haunted place. Seances are often practiced by mediums.1


Specific methods vary, but common seance practices include whispering or writing the spirits' suggestions, or the spirit responding to the practitioner's questions by knocking or through other coded means.2 Not all practitioners are authentic; some unscrupulous charlatans fake the results of a seance to prey on grieving families.3


Some seance practitioners use specialized tools such as talking boards, spirit trumpets, or automatic writing planchettes to increase the efficiency of communication.2

Mediums distribute performer's tokens as calling cards before beginning a seance.4


  1. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 1: Occult Classes” in Occult Adventures, 30. Paizo Inc., 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 6: Running an Occult Game” in Occult Adventures, 230. Paizo Inc., 2015
  3. Jason Bulmahn, et al. Bard” in NPC Codex, 33. Paizo Inc., 2012
  4. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 7: Occult Rewards” in Occult Adventures, 249. Paizo Inc., 2015