What’s the scoop on Edgar Cayce, the “Sleeping Prophet”?   


“January 16, 2001
Dear Straight Dope:

I would appreciate some insight into the case of Edgar Casey, the “Sleeping Prophet.” Although Edgar did turn his trance sessions into a money-making venture, what I’ve read has many elements of a solid story, especially the presence of a disconnected stenographer, and several verifiable accounts of medical treatments. Does the story of Edgar Casey meet with your skeptical approval? —

— Thomas Walsh, Chicago”

OK, first things first. Although his name was indeed pronounced “Casey,” it’s spelled “Cayce.” For those who aren’t familiar with him, here’s some background:

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