This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
Just thought that I would take the time to return to my little series "Real or Fake". For those who don't know, I take a popular story or photo and attempt to either confirm it as Real or confirm it as Fake.
Today I want to take a closer look at the Derbyshire Fairy story/photos. The story kind of goes like this:
" A man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was out walking his dog when he found the remains of a Fairy in the Derbyshire countryside. The remains are about 8 inches long and has long flowing red hair. The tiny being was x-rayed and it revealed that the bones were hollow like a birds....."
You get the idea. There were several photos of the fairy that accompanied the story. The "Police Evidence" bag adds what many to believe credibility to the story. I still see thee pictures passed around on various website and many have concluded it is a real fairy...but lets dig deeper.
Come to find out this was intended to be an Aprils fools joke but it caught fire and is still burning in many circles.
In 2007, Dan Baines, a 31-year-old illusion designer for magicians from London posted the photos online. Some evidence of the "prank" are still left over on this page - http://www.lebanoncircle.co.uk/DeadFairy.htm - Although there are no pictures of the fairy on the link, the name of company pretty much lets you know that they make Props of this kind. One look at the "Collections" link will give you a taste of the excellent props they can create.
Once Baines came clean many people suggested that it was a cover up to hide the fact it was a real fairy. It is reported that Baines was got around 20,000 hits in one day and numerous emails about the fairy.
This big interest in the fairy prompted Baines to cash in on the hype and he put the fairy for sell on ebay. The item brought almost $500.
Some of story and the rest of the photos can be found at
It is slow to load and errors out...so give it a few tries.
After all of this and the fact that Baines admitted it was fake ..some still hold the fairy as being real.
Derbyshire Fairy Story - Fake!
It is good workmanship.
Here are some more links to the story
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