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Dan Baines sends us this e-mail:

"Greetings from the UK. I have enclosed a link that features a story I'm sure you will find interesting. I'm hosting this page on my website on behalf of the owner of the corpse. I have access to the item and a large number of images should you require any."

Of course, we'll look into this more closely. It's very clever... but is it real? I'm sure most of us have our doubts. (April Fool's day is just around the corner, after all.) What's your opinion?

Photo © Lebanon Circle Magik Co.


March 27, 2007 at 10:38 pm
(1) kadath says:

Talk about painfully fake.

March 27, 2007 at 10:49 pm
(2) andy says:

i like the leaves for wings lol

March 28, 2007 at 12:39 am
(3) nan says:

real or not,it’s very cool to imagine it being f’rill.the bones look convincing!

March 28, 2007 at 2:33 am
(4) Mon says:

The wings look like leaves in the same way as a stick insect look likes a stick to blend in with its surroundings. Believable!!

March 28, 2007 at 3:16 am
(5) Emma says:

It has to be real, you can see its ribs, fingers and even a belly button. I agree with Mon, a creature like this will have evolved to blend in so well with its surroundings, it’s evident throughout the entire animal kingdom, stick insects, snakes that look like twigs, butterflies that look like leaves, it’s no surprise that the wings look like leaves. It also looks very much like the fairies from Pan’s Labyrinth, it’s beautiful….

March 28, 2007 at 3:43 am
(6) UtahDarkHorse says:

This looks like a fake to me. He’s got a police report of some kind in the background on one of the photos but it’s blank. In one of the photos the arm has been moved, seeming to show that there is no rigor at least in that arm; unlikely. The hair doesn’t appear to be as aged as the body and doesn’t appear to even go with the body. In the photo of the back, there’s conveniently grass or something covering both areas where the wings connect to the body such that you can’t see the connections easily. But there none anywhere else.

March 28, 2007 at 4:12 am
(7) Woolie says:

I think what “UtahDarkHorse” thinks is grass actually looks like fine hairs coming from the sides of the wings. I’m not normally squeamish, but seeing this picture put me off my breakfast. Brilliant!

March 28, 2007 at 9:58 am
(8) Kitty says:

It looks fake but the bones are really detailed. I dont see where the arm looks moved, it looks like it might just be the camera angle. The hair on it’s head looks as if it may have been put there, not grown.Hair on the back almost looks like beard hair. Maybe fairies have hairy backs? But the body looks amazing. I’m having a hard time deciding.

March 28, 2007 at 12:02 pm
(9) nick says:

decorated toy skeleton w/ leaves for wings….

March 28, 2007 at 1:23 pm
(10) Eugine says:

Believe! Believe! They walk amongst us and this is the evidence! I have seen them alive and they EXACTLY the same as this specimen, even down to the hairy back, this hair protects their wing joints rather like pubic hair on a human protects the ‘senstive areas’, this will change the world as we know it…..

March 28, 2007 at 1:24 pm
(11) Ray says:

Convenient that the police would go to the local paranormal investigator, rather than, say, an anthropology lab or the university. And so much more convenient that everyone involved is anonymous, and the “paranormal investigator”, rather than attempting to, I dunno, INVESTIGATE anything, plans to rebury and hide the location.
Too convenient to pass any reality test. It’s typical of low-order fakery.

March 28, 2007 at 3:41 pm
(12) Angie says:

OK, as much as I want to believe this is real.. if you take a look at the website this comes from http://www.lebanoncircle.co.uk and click around through it, you’ll see that this person CREATES items like this… just look in the “effects” section. I must admit, the work is great, but definetly not real. sorry.

March 28, 2007 at 5:25 pm
(13) Princess Gina says:

Well if seen the picture of the Fairy! and i do believe its REAL!!!If it was a real hoaks, it would get alot media attention!!There are stories reported, that fairy’s did show to humans! And they are camouflaged for a reason!They just don’t want to be discoverd!

March 28, 2007 at 6:21 pm
(14) Mstc says:

I happen to know of this person’s work, and in knowing it, I feel that I do not believe that this is a “created effect” of his. But none the less, people will believe as they will believe. The truth is, if we all opened our minds to believing in the magic that surrounds us and let ourselves be amazed from time to time rather than thinking there was a trick to everything, we would all be a little less stressed and a lot more happy. Real or fake…take a moment to see it as something magical. Imagine if you had stumbled across it as a child, what would you have felt then? When you see a magician perform, don’t try to figure it out, simply be in awe of what you have just witnessed. There is a lot of magic in nature…just imagine…

And as for the returning it to where it was found, this makes perfect sense…we have done the same thing with the remains of Indians here in the US that for one reason or another have been removed from where they were found. You return them, leave them alone and mark the ground as sacred…if not, well that is the respectful thing to do. If there is any magic in this body, I sure wouldn’t want to be on the bad side of it by not being respectful.

March 28, 2007 at 6:44 pm
(15) Morris says:

Not going to say yet what I think about this. However I will say the person above who said it is obviously a fake because of the hair better to some serious searching research because there have been mummies found in several places in the world where the hair was in absolutely perfect condition. And these were found under circumstances where the was no possibility of being fakes, such as buried in peat bogs in Scotland and Denmark.

March 28, 2007 at 6:51 pm
(16) Morris says:

Btw, I just looked closer at the photo with the police report in the background. It is not blank it has been blanked out. Of course there are those who will say this proves it is fake, however, it might also have been done so as not to give any clues to where this occurred.

March 28, 2007 at 7:01 pm
(17) Morris says:

Take back what I said in my previous post as I looked at an earlier picture not the very last one. However, that is not a police report; it is just the card for entering the data for what has been placed in the evidence bag. In a case such as this there might not be any data entered because this is not evidence from a crime scene. If anything I’d think this bag does a good shop of supporting this story as to the police being involved. I would think access to these bags is going to be pretty well controlled because if it isn’t it would make it too easy to plant fake/false evidence.

March 28, 2007 at 7:08 pm
(18) lex says:


March 28, 2007 at 7:29 pm
(19) Morris says:

Even if these pictures are for real this guy is going to have a lot of trouble proving it. I just examined the host website and this guy specializes in producing very good props for magicians, illusionists or those who just want a very unique piece of artwork. Unless he can come up with some very good evidence, from other sources completely unconnected to him, I have to say these are extremely good fakes from an very gifted artist.

March 28, 2007 at 8:00 pm
(20) Mstc says:

Look at the long-whiskered owlet featured on MSN, discovered for the first time in 1976 when it was caught in a net at night…never seen in the wild until Feb. of 2007?

March 28, 2007 at 11:30 pm
(21) Bonnie says:

This is finally proof that faries did and still do exist.Ask Sylvia Browne,she has seen them too.I believe and always have.

March 29, 2007 at 3:53 am
(22) rain says:

the hair may seem to be put there but hair DOES grow for weeks to months after a body dies- so just because the hair looks weird, there is an explaination for it

March 29, 2007 at 10:15 am
(23) Anthony North says:

Okay I’m speaking from bias here. I don’t accept fairies are real but we can certainly imagine them. But just suspending belief for a moment, let us suppose it IS real.
A question: would ‘real’ fairies have to obey the physical laws of nature? If so, there don’t appear to be any sockets or muscle structure to allow the wings to be used or propelled.
This is one fairy that just wouldn’t fly – even if it was alive.

March 29, 2007 at 1:08 pm
(24) Kristen says:

I believe that to every myth, there is some fact. I believe that Fairies, elves, stc did exist. And it has been proven that the unicorn did exist! Look it up in the bible. There is scripture that references to the one horned horse. I believe this stuff did exist, just like I believe that the Gods and Goddesses once existed. But this is just my opinion. The picture does look real. I believe it!

March 29, 2007 at 2:58 pm
(25) Mstc says:

To kind of respond to the posting by Anthony North…All the “stories” told about Fairies may imply that they did fly, but what if they didn’t? What if these leaf like wings were simply a form of nature’s camouflage? Nature sure does have some creatures that are unusual, like birds that can’t fly, but mammals that can…spiders with faces on their backs and moths with eye spots on their wings! There are walking sticks and others in the insect world that simply look and move like leaves on a branch of a plant! Perhaps leaf like wings were used to glide like flying squirrels instead of buzz like bees…it is difficult to say. And I am not saying real or not, I don’t know, but it certainly does open ones imagination to wonder.

March 29, 2007 at 5:03 pm
(26) Anthony North says:

I wouldn’t wish to rubbish anyone’s peacefully held beliefs. I’ve done a great deal of research into fairies and found no evidence of their exitence, but that may be just short-sighted me.
What I am sure of is that there is a rich culture of folklore on the subject, and if a belief is sincerely held, there is an inner psychological world (often called the parallel spirit world), that can offer wonder and, most importantly, guidance.
‘Fairies’ are a part of this world and have enriched humanity. We have a marvellous gift of wonder, and even a mild sceptic like me can marvel at that.
As for the picture ….

March 29, 2007 at 5:17 pm
(27) Mstc says:

Very well said Mr. North.

March 29, 2007 at 8:32 pm
(28) Juan Cabana says:

Beyond any doubt this is a dead faerie. In the life of a sorcerer nothing ever pretends to be something it’s not.

March 30, 2007 at 2:05 am
(29) Kenya says:

I don’t care for the pictures. I’m wondering about the forensic analysis and DNA fingerprinting if there is any.

March 30, 2007 at 6:22 am
(30) lisa says:

what a load of rubbish. i think he has been at the booze!!

March 30, 2007 at 10:24 am
(31) Mr X says:

I think certain people on this forum are missing somthing. I had the privilage of witnessing the the remains of the Fairy a short while after the supposed discovery, but before the media frenzy that ensued. At the time there was no suggestion that this was a hoax and If it was an April fool prank, surely the press would have waited until April 1st to inform us. The rumours seemed to have been suppressed very quickly and it is my belief that the originator (whom i know of) has been put under pressure by others to reveal this as a hoax.

March 30, 2007 at 11:27 am
(32) Mstc says:

Typical officials who probably don’t want everyone trying to dig up the countryside looking for the burial grounds! Derbyshire will become the “Area 51” for Fairies!

March 30, 2007 at 11:30 am
(33) manny says:

I had been searching for the originator of this story for a while now for advice on a completely un-connected forensic matter as he used to be a colleague of mine of some repute in his field. When the story broke in the regional media of the UK I immediately recognised the name (it’s a small industry) & it prompted me to call him.

Having now managed to make contact I can report that he seemed very agitated but did not elaborate as to why. Maybe it is the press intrusion, but I agree that there is much more to this April Fools day hoax than meets the eye. I know for a fact that he is leaving the country on Monday.

I would be very interested in speaking with the previous poster Mr X “in chambers” to find out exactly what is going on!

March 30, 2007 at 3:24 pm
(34) JC says:

I have been doing some research and have found that there was another mummified “tiny little man” found (not sure when, but many years ago) in the Pedro Mountains. He too was apparently documented in photographs.

March 31, 2007 at 12:03 am
(35) BC says:

good lord how can any of you people think that’s real?

March 31, 2007 at 12:22 am
(36) Duh says:

For one thing Magicians do not make only show magic and why would a magician make a fake dead body of a fairy when we all know that magicians perform on stage and do not do crime scenes theres alot of stupid people in america.

March 31, 2007 at 10:25 am
(37) lucy says:

I’m kinda torn about this. Yes, discovered bodies are returned to burial grounds at times. However, many are taken to labs and examined and pieces taken for dna, and other testing ie nutrition, diet, age blah blah blah. This should have been examined so, and THEN returned to the earth, if it is real. An autopsy would determine the reslity and why weren’t the x rays posted?

BUT there is more to life than what we can see with the naked eye.

March 31, 2007 at 1:50 pm
(38) Malkavian says:

Fake, but nice

March 31, 2007 at 4:34 pm
(39) Mstc says:

To respond to Lucy…from what I can gather, the person who had the body (who was NOT the person who discovered it and brought it to the police, but rather a person who was called to study it and decided to post the photos and info for the world to see) may have been quickly pressured by the officials into covering up any further evidence of its nature. Do you realize what chaos something like this could cause in the world if it were proven to be real? Not to mention there would be people digging up every hillside and cave in Derbyshire! And now the guy has left the country…probably forced to do so by the officials, until they figure out how to cover things up…or at least that would be my guess. My guess is that the officials probably seized the Fairy form him and who knows where it is now! But that is only a guess.

And to follow up on a previous comment…if you dug up an ancient cross in your back yard, wouldn’t you take it to a local church, perhaps to someone who knew a lot about crosses for them to study? I am to understand that the person who had the body is someone who studies such things and somewhat of a forensics expert, not only a creator of magic.

March 31, 2007 at 10:59 pm
(40) bill says:

give us some real evidence. when the 3 stooges find you they will have found the missing link!

April 1, 2007 at 10:12 am
(41) Ben says:

the wings look just like old leaves like people were saying and as for the corpse it could have just been doctored into the photo. ive seen photos of mummies which look just like it… except the wings and the small body

that photo really turned my stomach

April 1, 2007 at 1:45 pm
(42) Amy says:

Well whatever it is/was the thing is on eBay – just run a search on ‘dead fairy’ and bingo!

April 2, 2007 at 10:59 am
(43) Melissa says:

At first very convincing, but then how, after turning it into police, did the “evidence” photoes come to be? If you go to the website and scroll down there is a notice stating that it is a hoax. A hoax to provoke imagination!! lol He is now going to post it on Ebay, and see what happens next.

April 2, 2007 at 11:20 am
(44) Julina says:

“it has a bellybutton suggesting they reproduce the same way as we do despite the lack of a reproductive system”
that should have been a huge hint because it does not make any sense at all
come on! i knew it was a hoax when i saw the leaves for wings, and since i found this the day right after april fools day (the author wrote a note about that at the bottom of the page)
i have to admit, it was brilliantly done though.

April 2, 2007 at 12:31 pm
(45) Winin says:

It is not too easy to find on ebay…I searched and searched, but then saw it was listed as international, so it may not come up in a regular search. Here is a link to get you there.


Yes, a very well done work of art and the magic was that he had us all pondering it! Hope he gets some good bids on it…for it is now a piece of pop-history!

April 2, 2007 at 5:22 pm
(46) Chrissy says:

I just visited the website of the man who owns the wee one and he states that he made her and that there are many more were she came from and that he will be selling her.

April 2, 2007 at 8:38 pm
(47) SA says:

This is just a comment to those of you who pointed out that the “wings” look like leaves similar to the camo a stick bug sports or similar the the “eyes” on a butterflie’s wings. There is something important to note that you may be missing: when the butterfly dies, it does not leave behind “eyes,” it leaves behind wings. From the photos of the fairy, you can clearly tell that the structure of the “wings” are indeed leaves. This fairy left behind leaves not wings because they were leaves. A bit overboard of an example, but I feel it gets the point accross.

April 3, 2007 at 1:03 pm
(48) John M says:

If a moth dies, and that moth is a moth with “eye” spots on the backs of its wings, then it will still have “eye” spots on the backs of its wings until its wings turn to dust (if they every do). If a bug with wings that look like leaves dies, its wings will continue to look like leaves. Camouflage does not change in death if it is part of the creature in life.

We have apparently established that the creature is not real, but if it were, and it’s wings looked like leaves in life, they would look like leaves in its death.

April 3, 2007 at 2:22 pm
(49) Winin says:

Be it fake or real why not get lost in the wonder of “what if it where real” rather than all this “have to prove it wrong” thinking. Why not enjoy that magical and mystical feeling…remember what it was like to be a child and simply be in awe of the world and things you didn’t understand. I don’t feel he did this to necessarily trick us, but rather to make us think, to make us remember…and obviously out of his own love for the feeling of the magic it represents. If you have taken that from all of this, then I feel you have seen what he was trying to convey.

April 3, 2007 at 6:07 pm
(50) Anthony North says:

I suppose I’ve done as much as anyone to rubbish the ‘fairy,’ and I make no apology for that. I’m a rationalist, and I demand we seek the ‘truth,’ if such a thing is possible.
But on saying that, I can understand your sentiments, Winin. I’m an adult, and believe that the most balanced adults retain the wonder of childhood – it’s just a matter of when to unleash it.
Yes, the ‘fairy’ is a fake. And yes, it is a little sad.

April 18, 2007 at 6:52 pm
(51) Dorothy says:

Dan you are really a creative artist. While reading the story and looking at photos, I thought, Wow, this is a wonder to find. Than finding that you had made it, I thought Agh! Sort of disappointed. But as I believe in all kinds of spirits, who is to say that sometine in the future one of these tiny beings might be found. Our Universe is vast. None of us know what has actually been evolved with all forms of life. It truly looked real. We will always have our believers and our skeptics. Part of life.

May 2, 2007 at 1:40 am
(52) Sara Fox says:

I do believe in fairies but not this form… I can tell wings are leaves. My first thought it was “art” creation made by someone. Some things are good and some things are no sense to me (arm didn’t look right to me)… I know we wish to find them. But I feel that fairies are in “other dimension” If we are careful enought to spot one around, we will.

July 27, 2007 at 10:52 am
(53) Michele says:

ever heard of the cotingley fairies? It took place in england, west yorkshire. Two little girls PLAYED with fairies, as a prank they took pictures of fake ones. The last picture they took was genuine. They confessed that most were fake, but said that they did play with fairies when younger. I belive that. That’s because once i took a picture of a garden my grandmother grew in the coiuntryside, and when i got it done there was a small flare i=right above one of the flowers. Thinking there was something wrong with the camera, i took onother copy but it was still there. I enlarged it and saw a small figure of a woman.
Maybe… a fairy?
I do belive, it’s silly if you don’t. There are amzing stuff out there somewhere. We just have to open our eyes!

August 26, 2008 at 12:16 pm
(54) A faerybeliever says:

Hi i would just like to say i think fairys are real most likely because my aunt Seen one when she was little and she gets into all this magic fairy stuff but some people think that its just a hokes. But theres the toothfaery i found out its not real by catching my grandma i caught her because i thought there were not such thing.
But you must believe in Faerys if my aunt seen one when she was little, I know one things for sure some faerys are make believe like tinkerbell.They were just someones imajination. But if u take look at one of the closer pics it looks like a arm like a bone and it had fingers and the wingsmy friend says they lok like leaves and its just a hokes. But i will not stop believing that there is faerys somewhere out there after i was told that my aunt seen one.

August 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm
(55) Roque Lazarus says:

Hey Fairy….whats up dearey?…
unbalanced elements in your story?

August 30, 2008 at 11:45 pm
(56) Riptide says:

Click on the link. He admits it to be a fake.

May 31, 2009 at 5:07 pm
(57) Seng.seng says:

What is real? Ask yourself.

July 30, 2009 at 7:20 am
(58) taylor says:

ha ha so you seriously think this is real??!! yea right

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