Florizel von Reuter

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Florizel von Reuter

Florizel von Reuter (21 january 1890 - 10 may 1985) was an American-born violinist and composer, a child prodigy who went on to an adult career, mainly in Germany, as distinguished soloist and teacher of violin. He was also a psychic and medium and the author of several books on his alleged mediumistic communications with deceased musicians.

Florizel von Reuter and Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle affectionately called Florizel by the nickname "Fuzzy". See the following letter Letter to Fuzzy.

During the 1920s, Florizel's mother, Grace Reuter, developed apparent psychic powers by receiving supposed spirit messages through automatic writing. Florizel became closely involved with this and acted as a medium and as recorder of the findings, which were first described in The Psychic Experiences of a Musician (in Search of Truth) (1928) with a foreword by Arthur Conan Doyle.

In 1928, Florizel contributed an essay on "Nature Spirits" to the revised edition of Arthur Conan Doyle's The Coming of the Fairies.

On 29 july 1928, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a review "Florizel's Book" published in the Sunday Express.

In 1930, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the foreword of von Reuter's The Consoling Angel. He also published a letter in the magazine Light (24 may 1930) : Florizel von Reuter.

The Psychic Press, the publishing company created by Arthur Conan Doyle within his Psychic Bookshop published von Reuter's books between 1928 and 1930 as well.

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