There are many forms of mediumship, including seance tables and trances. Intuitive healers are also considered mediums. The practice of mediumship is not as new as it seems. It has been practiced for centuries.
In the past, only Lily Dale and other psychics were allowed to have a place in society. These people were unusual and outlandish, but being a medium is now mainstream and profitable. According to a Pew Research Center study, 41% of Americans believe that mediums or psychics can help them cancel black magic. The industry has seen steady growth over the past five year, reaching a peak revenue of almost $2 billion in 2018.
While there are some who believe in the practice, most people who do so are white women such as the Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo, or Allison DuBois.
Traditionally, psychics are working in the general health field, channeling energy to help people find what they want from life. Instead of trying to impress others by showing off their abilities, most intuitive healers now prefer to call themselves intuitive counselors, empaths, or intuitives.
William Stainton Moses (English cleric, spiritualist medium) promoted spirit photography and automated writing. He was also a co-founder of the College of Psychic Studies.
Edgar Cayce, an American clairvoyant claimed to have channeled messages from his higher self while asleep. Three women recorded his words, and claim to have been capable of reading his thoughts. Gladys Davis Turner, Gertrude Evans, and Al Layne all endorsed his messages.