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New Age Advocate Channels an Ancient Spirit on Command

Aired on 01/14/1988 | CC tv-pg
Sometime in the late '80s, New Age mysticism became massively popular. From magazine covers to talk shows, folks proclaiming that crystals have magic healing powers and that ancient spirits can be channeled for guidance found purchase with the public.

In 1988, Oprah invited a young housewife and mother named Penny Rubin onto The Oprah Winfrey Show. Penny claimed she could channel a spirit known as Mafu on command. So, Oprah put her up to the challenge on live TV. Here's what happened.

Original airdate: January 14, 1988

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