Dead Fairy

imageThis website shows a ‘dead fairy’, along with the story of how it was found in the Derbyshire countryside. It claims that the police and a local ‘paranormal expert’ had examined the fairy, and that the barrow it was found in contained over 20 bodies.

The site also features an update posted on April 1st, which explains that no, it is not a real fairy, and that it is a piece of art.

According to one of the people who wrote to us about this story, some people refuse to believe it’s not a real fairy, and are claiming that the artist’s update itself is a hoax.
The fairy is currently up for sale on ebay.

(Thanks, Jen and John.)

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Posted on Thu Apr 05, 2007


It's actually really beautiful in a creepy kinda morbid way, I want it!
Posted by Dracul  on  Thu Apr 05, 2007  at  03:59 PM
I do believe in fairies!!! I do I do!!

(I watched Peter Pan recently)
Posted by thunder  in  England  on  Thu Apr 05, 2007  at  05:07 PM
That is too cute thunder.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Thu Apr 05, 2007  at  11:10 PM
There's actually a book which might have inspired the creator called _Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book_ ( It's a cute enough book. Lady Cottington is one of the girls that hoaxed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with "fairies" about 100 years back.
Posted by Taed  on  Fri Apr 06, 2007  at  06:38 AM
I have one of the Lady Cottington books - the Pressed Fairy journal.
I'm planning to try and make my own fossil fairy... 😊
Posted by Madmouse  in  Edinburgh  on  Fri Apr 06, 2007  at  07:02 AM
Oh well, bidding is too high, I can't afford it. Madmouse: make me one, too!!
Posted by Tru  in  Other Words  on  Fri Apr 06, 2007  at  08:10 AM
It is very neat. Good one, too...maybe should've waited a dayfor the April Fool update?
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sat Apr 07, 2007  at  12:03 PM
Auction ended...
Winning bid: GBP 280.00 (Approximately US $550.34)
Posted by oppiejoe  in  Michigan - USA  on  Mon Apr 09, 2007  at  09:04 AM
ok if I plug this?

10th May: Dan Baines - Dead Fairy Found in Derbyshire!

Illusionist Dan Baines, of the Lebonan Circle, gives his account of how he fooled the world (well most of them) with his mummified fairy. From the conception of the idea through to the press reaction and public response Dan will give a full account of his miscievous antics. He promises to bring along one of the fairies he discovered in the Derbyshire barrow on Firestone Hill for all to see. Pagan Priests have warned that the remains need to returned as soon as possible so this may be your last chance to see them....

SELFS meet every second Thursday of the month at The Old King's Head, Kings Head Yard, 45-49, Borough High St, London, SE1 1NA.

Nearest stations are London Bridge and Borough. It is just off Borough High Street , a map is here.

Talks start at 8.00pm

Posted by SELFS  on  Mon May 07, 2007  at  02:42 PM
I went to the talk last night. Very good. I have now held that "dead fairy" in my hands. You can tell that each wing is just a leaf but it is well made. Astonishing that some people are still believing.

Dan Baines said that he had something planned for next year...
Posted by Robert N  on  Fri May 11, 2007  at  06:57 AM
well i dont care what you say because I believe in the fairy, and noone can change my mind. I myself, being a strong believer of the 'unknown' have witnessed fairys and santa claus. This is not a hoax, farys, tooth fairys, pixies. You name it, Ive photograpged the magic and serenity surrounding the unknown. Amen
Posted by Jessica  on  Wed Jan 09, 2008  at  08:14 AM
Well, its pretty sad when you have a daughter who loves the fairy books, and has everything fairies in
her room, and she comes home one day with the web address to the site, and says, mom, fairies are real. When I try to explain to her.....she says just go to this website........please.........begging and tears rolling down her face, so I do just that.
Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to have an obviously much needed talk with my daughter about the internet, and all the lies and junk in the world. It was so sad to see her dreams crushed, but I refuse to let my daughter believe in something that just is not real, and never will be. I myself, didn't believe for a second, not even after seeing the site. So I don't know if she still believes or not, but I need to show her the articles now on Dan Baine confessing to the prank. I would think, Dan, you could come up with more useful stuff to do to fill up your time.
A concerned and upset mother of an 11 yr old.
Posted by Jas  on  Fri Mar 28, 2008  at  09:11 AM
it was all fack and got sold on ebay but i have SEEN a real fairy
Posted by Eleisha  on  Tue Apr 08, 2008  at  05:49 PM
i think faries are so real n i only found ou t the day
Posted by gemma  on  Sun May 11, 2008  at  02:17 PM
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