Jules Wallace

From Kook Science

Patrick Jules Wallace was an Irish Spiritualist medium who toured the United States in the late nineteenth century, performing test séances for paid audiences. Wallace was roundly denounced in press reports of the day, frequently being called a fraud and a fakir; Theodore Dreiser, in particular, was noted for his scathing coverage of Wallace's activities in St. Louis, Missouri during 1893, and Wallace made lasting impression enough to warrant a fugitive appearance in Dreiser's later novel Sister Carrie (1900).

Traveling Séance Show (1890-1896)

  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • San Francisco, California (October 1890 - January 1891)
  • Portland, Oregon (February - July 1891)
  • Tacoma, Washington (July - August 1891)
  • Spokane, Washington (September - October 1891)
  • Boise, Idaho (November 1891)
  • Denver, Colorado (1892)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (1892)
  • St. Louis, Missouri (1893)
  • Washington, D.C. (January - March 1894)
  • Brooklyn, New York (April 1894 - June 1895): played several dates at Carnegie Hall during his NYC run
  • Massachusetts (August 1895)[1]
  • Houston and Fort Worth, Texas (September - December 1895)
  • Galveston and Austin, Texas (1896)

It was suggested in the Progressive Thinker that Frederick Milton, a medium active in Omaha, Nebraska beginning in September 1898 and later arrested there in early January 1899 (eventually beating the flimsy charges)[2] was Wallace under a new name,[3] though it is unclear that there is any evidence to support the allegation.

Press Coverage


  2. Omaha Evening Bee (Omaha, NB): 5, 31 Jan. 1899, 
  3. "The Awakening", Liberator (San Francisco, CA) 1 (8): 6-7, Jan. 1899,, "The Progressive Thinker says that Frederic Milton is no doubt the notorious Jules Wallace, whom many of our readers will remember operated in this city a few years ago."