Alexander J. McIvor-Tyndall
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|Alexander J. McIvor-Tyndall|
Photo portrait of A. J. McIvor-Tyndall from Revelations of the Hand (1900)
|Alias(es)||Ali Nomad (translated by him as "Chief Wanderer"); John Lockwood; The Marconi of the Mind, the King of Mesmerists|
|Born||3 April 1871[i]|
Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
|Died||10 December 1940 (69) |
Santa Barbara, California 
|Spouse(s)||1; 2; 3; Frances Osten (m. 1892,, dv. 1896); Margaret Logan (m. 1896, dv. 1917); Laura Hudson Wray (m. 1917)|
|Children||Victoria Margaret McIvor Tyndall (1918-1997)|
Alexander James McIvor-Tyndall (April 3, 1871 - December 10, 1940) was an English psychical demonstrator and touring lecturer on many allied subjects, including palmistry and hypnotism. Contemporary press accounts related stories of McIvor-Tyndall's experiencing cataleptic fits, some lasting for days, following his public demonstrations of mind reading, a point which he himself played up, and he received further coverage for his performance of such feats as blind driving carriages and proposals to be buried alive. McIvor-Tyndall drummed up further attention by making a habit of offering of his services as a hypnotist to defendants in criminal cases, promising to draw evidence from their unconscious to prove their innocence or guilt, while also offering his services as a clairvoyant to law enforcement, boasting of his power to lead them to criminals. In his regular stage performances, McIvor-Tyndall was known for going blind-folded in an effort to prove his powers as a psychic and for hypnotising groups of people, his routine being roughly in line with other mentalist acts of the day.
As a speaker, writer, and publisher, McIvor-Tyndall was associated with New Thought and Spiritualism, and seemingly every other discipline of like character in between, and his memberships were likewise extensive, including the International Psychic Alliance, New Thought Fellowship, National Spiritualist Association and General Assembly of Spiritualists, Psychic Research Bureau, &c.
- McIvor-Tyndall, Alex. J. (1890), Telepathy: Language of the Future
- McIvor-Tyndall, Alex. J. (1900), Revelations of the Hand: A Scientific Study of the Shape and Markings of the Hand, as an Index of Character, Disease and Tendencies, with Explanatory Illustrations, New York, &c.: G. A. Wahlgreen, https://archive.org/details/revelationsofhan00mciv
- McIvor-Tyndall, Alex. J. (1906), Ghosts: A Message from the Illuminati, Denver, Colo.: Balance Pub.
- Nomad, Ali (1913), Cosmic Consciousness, or The Man-God Whom We Await, Chicago: Advanced Thought Publishing, https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/007668753
- McIvor-Tyndall, Alex. J., The Dead Speak
- McIvor-Tyndall, Alex. J., How Thoughts Can Kill
- McIvor-Tyndall, Alex. J., Personal Magnetism
- McIvor-Tyndall, Alex. J., Proofs of Immortality
- Nomad, Ali (1916), SEX = The Unknown Quantity. THE SPIRITUAL FUNCTION OF SEX. A New and Startling Interpretation of the Meaning, Scope and Function of Sex as Seen and Interpreted From the Inner or Cosmic Standpoint., Chicago: Sterling Pub. Co., https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=chi.72767525
McIvor-Tyndall was also editor of The Swastika: A Magazine of Triumph (1906-1911), the main organ of a Swastika movement he promoted for a period.
- "AN ENGLISH MIND-READER. Successful Experiment of Finding a Hidden Object.", Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Seattle, WA): 2, 11 June 1891, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/332723669/
- "Alexander J. McIvor-Tyndall of England, the best known reader of thoughts in the world, is at The Tacoma.", Tacoma Daily Ledger (Tacoma, WA): 5, 17 June 1891, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/724637658/
- "MIND-READER TYNDALL IN A TRANCE. He Falls in a Cataleptic Fit — Instructions to His Physicians", Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL): 1, 15 Dec. 1891, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/349492351/, "To the Doctors in Attendance — Sirs: If I should at any time after an experiment in thought-reading be attacked with catalepsy and life should appear extinct, and after consultation your united minds should be that it is so, do not hold an autopsy for at least sixty hours, as I am subject to trance and have remained in the condition for more than the above specified time. Then let my brain be thoroughly examined so as to show whethr I really have the mysterious and so far inexplainable power which I claim of reading minds — that is, the thoughts and ideas of persons. Yours truly, ALEXANDER J. McIVOR TYNDALL. P.S. — if I am taken ill or die, cable to Dr. Tyndall, the Lilacs, Market Harborough, England."
- "READING MEN'S MINDS. Tyndall's Experiments Are Killing Him. Effects of His Cataleptic Trances. He Says There Is Nothing Supernatural About It — Language of the Future.", San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA): 12, 16 Dec. 1891, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/27340036/
- "A Mindreader's Ordeal", News-Journal (Lancaster, PA): 3, 16 Dec. 1891, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/567996972/
- "TYNDALL, THE MIND READER. He Gives Remarkable Exhibitions and Is a Cataleptic.", Wilkes-Barre News (Wilkes-Barre, PA): 7, 21 Jan. 1892, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/425938703/
- "HIS POWER. A Scene in a Madhouse. Mind-Reader Tyndall Makes a Test. He Hypnotizes an Insane Thief Who Is at Present Confined in the Agnews Asylum. The Subject Cowers Before Him in a Fit of Terror.", Oakland Tribune (Oakland, CA): 1, 25 Feb. 1892, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/66411909/, "Alexander J. McIver Tyndall, the mind reader, performed a remarkable feat of hypnotism on Thomas Wiley R. MacLaren, an insane man, confined in the asylum here this morning. When MacLaren was arrested in Los Angeles under the name of Thomas Dawson, alias Wilde, for theft, Tyndall hypnotized him and succeeded in obtaining a confession of all his misdeeds. But as McLaren is unquestionably insane he was sent here instead of to the State Prison today."
- "IN THE SPIRIT LAND. Prof. Tyndall Tells of His Experience While in a Coffin.", St. Louis Globe-Democrat (St. Louis, MO): 8, 5 Aug. 1893, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/571303634/
- "DOG EAT DOG, And Tyndall Was Beaten By the Terrible Eyes of His Opponent. Mind-Reader Hypnotized By the Spiritual Medium While on the Hunt For a Hidden Cigar. Tyndall Fell Like One Dead From the Stage, And the Audience Threatened To Mob Wallace, Whose Glittering Eyes Still Lingered on His Enemy. Remarkable Scenes at a Public Content Between a Mind-Reader and a Spiritualist.", Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH): 9, 12 Aug. 1893, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/33465002, "St. Louis, August 11. — The contest between Jules Wallace, spiritual medium, and J. Alexander McIvor Tyndall, mind reader and hypnotist, at the Hagan Opera-house last night, culminated in one of the most dramatic scenes that was ever witnessed in this city. If it was premeditated between the principals — and there are those cold-blooded enough to declare that it was — it was a remarkable piece of acting on their part, and the execution of the conception must stamp Tyndall and Wallace as the greatest actors of modern times."
- "THE MAYBRICK CASE. APPLICATION TO HYPNOTISE THE CONVICT.", Aberdeen Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland): 5, 14 Feb. 1894, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/393369808/, "Professor Alexander Tyndall, son of Dr. Tyndall, of Market Harborough, who recently returned from America, has addressed the following letter to the Home Secretary.— "Dear Sir, — A large number of American friends of Mrs. Maybrick, a prisoner now undergoing punishment in this country for manslaughter, have requested me to endeavour to obtain your permission for an interview with her, the object being to induce her to consent to be hypnotised, in order, if possible, to enable her to establish her innocence. My application may seem a novel one, but the science I profess is one that I have exercised with considerable success in the United States, Canada, and various towns on the South Pacific coast. The year before last, at Los Angeles, I proved to the satisfaction of authorities that a man named James O'Brien, arrested as Lee Harrell, was innocent of what was known as the Rio Vista murder. I also operated with success in the case of James Doughtery, of Buena Vista, and was likewise engaged in the Dink Wilson (Syracuse) and other cases. When hypnotised, it is impossible for the subject to tell a lie, and there is absolutely no chance of justice being defeated. If you desire it, I shall be quite prepared to afford you a preliminary illustration of my skill and method. As I propose returning to America in three weeks; time unless Mrs. Maybrick's case should require me to prolong my visit, I shall be glad to be favoured with an early reply. — I have to the honour to remain, your obediently, ALEX J. M'IVOR TYNDALL.""
- "IN SWEDEN. McIvor Tyndall Hoodwinking the Good People of Gothenburg. The Partner of Jules Wallace Creating a Sensation. HE PERFORMS THE SAME OLD TRICKS THAT HE DID HERE. A Lengthy Letter From a Gothenberg Correspondent — He Thinks the Alleged Mind-Reader a Wonder — How Tyndall Was Received — His Public Experiments — May Go to Norway — Reaping a Harvest.", St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO): 6, 3 June 1894, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/138146109/
- "TYNDALL TO SUICIDE. To Be Buried Alive in Bombay, India. HOW THIS STRANGE FEAT WILL BE CARRIED OUT. Dr. O. Wellington Archibald, Superintendent of the North Dakota Hospital, to Aid the Mystic in His Mission.", Los Angeles Evening Express (Los Angeles, CA): 7, 7 Nov. 1895, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/607598585/, "Gotenburg, Sweden, April 23, 1894.— To the Physicians in Attendance. SIRS — Beware lest ye hold an autopsy or cause me to be buried while I still live unbeknown to ye, ye men of learning, for I, Alexander J. McIvor Tyndall, the thought reader, am prone to that dreadful nervous affection, catalepsy, and if it had not been for those interested in me and my mission, that is of placing the higher powers of man more prominently before the world, I verily would have been murdered by doctors' scalpers or been buried alive. God protect me. This, there, is my reason for having this letter of warning on my person. Therefore, if I should be attacked with catalepsy during or after experimenting in telepathy, and if life should appear extinct, and if, after consultation, your united opinion should be that it is, do not hold an autopsy until evidences of decomposition are found, as I have remained in this trance condition for more than seven days consecutively. If it is finally settled by evidences of decay, let my brain be thoroughly examined to show whether there is anything peculiar or abnormal about it, to account for the unexplainable power of mind reading or clairvoyance, which I possess. Yours sincerely, ALEXANDER J. M'IVOR TYNDALL. P.S. — If I should die or become catalepsed, cable to Dr. Alexander McIvor Tyndall, The Lilacs, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England."
- "ALEXANDER J. McIVOR-TYNDALL", Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, MT): 3, 20 June 1897, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/354257769/
- "HE FELL IN A FIT. McIVOR TYNDALL GOES INTO A PECULIAR TRANCE. LIKE THE ONE THAT KILLED BISHOP. At First Resembling Catalepsy the Condition Changes to Resemble a Hypnotic State.", Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA): 6, 12 July 1897, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/566384182/
- "TO SOLVE IT BY TELEPATHY. Dr. McIvor Tyndall Will Make the Luetgert Mystery Clear.", Kansas City Times (Kansas City, MO): 3, 4 Oct. 1897, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/649184940/
- "TYNDALL IS ALL RIGHT AGAIN. Mind Reading Wonder Has Recovered From Cataleptic Swoon.", Los Angeles Evening Express (Los Angeles, CA): 10, 1 Dec. 1902, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/607757152/
- "TYNDALL COMING TO MACDONOUGH", Oakland Tribune (Oakland, CA): 14, 10 Jan. 1903, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/72368065/
- "PSYCHOLOGIST WHO WILL HUNT SLAYER - M'IVOR TYNDALL BECOMES SLEUTH - FORMER ANGELENO SEEKING SLAYER - BLINDFOLDED, HE EXPECTS TO FIND MURDERER - Well Known Psychologist and Teacher of 'New Thought' Leads Wyoming Posse", Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles, CA): 1, 3 June 1908, https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85042462/1908-06-03/ed-1/seq-1/
- "DEATH FAILS TO SEIZE ITS PREY. NINE TIMES HAS DR. M'IVOR-TYNDALL REACHED SHADOW-LAND AND RETURNED WITH 'ELIXIR OF LIFE.' MANY VISIT THE NOTED PSYCHIC HIS PARLORS AT THE LA HARPE.", Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, CO): 4, 3 Mar. 1909, https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86066870/1909-03-03/ed-1/seq-4/
- "M'IVOR-TYNDALL SENDS 'THOUGHT WAVES' TO PAY FOR BLACK EYE", Aspen Democrat-Times (Aspen, CO): 1, 7 Apr. 1911, https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/?a=d&d=ADS19110407.2.7
- "'COSMIC GOAT' FORGIVES NEW THOUGHTER'S NEW WIFE FOR TAKING HIM FROM HER", Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA): 14, 26 June 1917, https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038411/1917-06-26/ed-1/seq-14/
- "SPIRITUALIST GROUP PICKS ITS OFFICERS. Rev. Dr. McIvor-Tyndall of Rochester Chosen Director at State Convention.", Democrat and Chronicle (22 June 1930): 13, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/135794973/
- "PSYCHIC SURVIVES A BLINDFOLD TEST; Demonstrates His Prowess by Letting Spirits Guide Him to Objects Hidden in Room.", New York Times (New York City, NY): 16, 22 June 1935, https://www.nytimes.com/1935/06/22/archives/psychic-survives-a-blindfold-test-demonstrates-his-prowess-by.html
- "PROFESSOR McIVOR-TYNDALL: Old Harborian Still Attracts Great Interest in the United States", Market Harborough Advertiser and Midland Mail (Leicestershire, England): 2, 3 Mar. 1939
- "Noted Philosopher's Funeral Tomorrow", Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): 42, 12 Dec. 1940, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/385611446/, "SANTA BARBARA, Dec. 11. — Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon in the Santa Barbara Cemetery chapel for Dr. Alexander J. McIvor-Tyndall, internationally known scientist and philosopher who died yesterday at a local hospital. His exact age was unknown but he had said it was 'well over 100.'"
- Price, Harry (1936), Confessions of a Ghost-Hunter: Leaves from a Psychist's Case-Book, London: Putnam, p. 282-285 — brief remarks on Price's investigation into McIvor-Tyndall
- Alexander James McIvor-Tyndall's date of birth is uncertain. In Who's Who, Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, and like sources, as well as California death records, his birth date is given as 4 March 1860, while his year of birth is alternatively estimated as 1870, 1871, and 1877 in marriage certificates and other U.S. documentation, and, stretching it even moreso, during the 1940s, McIvor-Tyndall claimed to be nearly or over 100 years old, which would give a birth year in the 1840s. The year 1871 appears to be the most accurate, based on English records of his parents, Alexander McIvor Tindall and Agnes Sampson, who were married in 1868, and English baptismal, birth registration, and census records regarding their son, Alexander James Tindall, whose birth was registered in 1871 (April-May-June), https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X4K-DT3, and was baptised on 9 January 1873, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPW1-X53H, and who also appears in the England and Wales 1871 Census (aged 0), https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VFT8-N71, and 1881 Census (aged 10), https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27N-1JWS
- "Tyndall Married.", San Francisco Call (1 June 1892): 1, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/92952878/, "Alexander J. McIver Tyndall, the mind-reader, was married yesterday by Judge Troutt to Miss Frances Osten."
- "The Divorce Mill", Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles, CA): 10, 25 Aug. 1896, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/80588116/, "Alexander J. McIvor Tyndall was also granted a decree by default in department two, divorcing him from his wife, Frankie Tyndall, on the ground of desertion."