The occult trend in Hollywood didn't happen overnight. It started way earlier in the 1920s and 1930s with directors like Rudolph Valentino. Of Valentino's wife, one actress declared, Every night, Natacha would hold a séance, calling forth help from the spirit world in her creative undertaking. Then, pencil and paper in hand, she would go into a trance and start writing. Valentino himself declared, The more we investigated this remarkable gift of automatic writing, the more convinced we became of the great truth which lay behind it. The truth of...evolution and the truth of communication with the so-called dead. One biographer of Valentino, Emily W. Leider, writes: [Valentino] spoke openly about his psychic teacher and spirit guide, an American Indian named Black Feather, and posed for photographs costumed, like him, as an Indian brave. With his second wife, Natacha Rambova, he engaged in automatic writing and attended séances that they believed broke through boundaries of space, time, and mortality to put them in direct touch with the dead of ancient Egypt or the more recent past. Valentino credited June Mathis, an actress, for guiding him along the road to success. June Mathis was a spiritualist who believed in reincarnation, she always wore an opal ring when she wrote, convinced that its magical powers brought her ideas.—Alexis, Jonas E. In the Name of Education: How Weird Ideologies Corrupt Our Public Schools, Politics, the Media, Higher Institutions, and History. Longwood, Fla.: Xulon, 2007. Print.
Probably no one person at any time has done more to diffuse the idea of proving after-death existence than has Sir Oliver Lodge. When a noted physicist—knighted because of achievement in scientific fields—expresses his conviction of the truth of communication with the so-called dead, naturally a far greater number give attention than would heed all the hue and cry that could be raised by a host of obscure individuals.—Lovi, Henrietta. Best Books on Spirit Phenomena. Boston, Mass.: Gorham Press, 1925. Print.(emphasis added)
Physicist Sir Oliver Lodge believed that he was contacted by his deceased son through a medium. But as an aficionado, he actually stood among a subclass of spiritists who attended séances, while the primary class were privy to what contacting the dead truly involved. Because of their familiarity with fallen angels, this higher class of spiritist knew that mediums actually channeled demon spirits.