The following statement was issued by Dan Baines on 1st April 2007 -


Dear All  

Thank you for the interest you have shown in my story.  

Even if you believe in fairies, as I personally do, there will always have been an element of doubt in your mind that would suggest the remains are a hoax. However, the magic created by the possibility of the fairy being real is something you will remember for the rest of your life.  

Alas the fairy is fake but my interest and belief has allowed me to create a work of art that is convincing and magical. I was also interested to see if fairy folklore is still a valid belief in modern society and I am pleased to say that yes it is! I have had more response from believers than I ever thought possible.  

As well as an artist I am also a magician and you have been my fantastic audience. That spark of magic ignited your imagination and made your day more memorable and exciting.  

I believe fairies to be Earth spirits rather than physical beings so my performance was slightly flawed. The question stills begs to answered though, are they made of flesh and blood like you and I?  

I hope you have not been offended by the events of the past few days but if you are I sincerely apologise. It took 50 years for the Cottingley fairies to be revealed as a hoax; at least you’ve only had to endure a few days of mystery.

I will be adding a section to by website to document the Derbyshire Fairy, please let me know if you’d like to be updated.  

Kind Regards  




//Dead Fairy Seeks New Home!\\

Now the Derbyshire Fairy story has died down it’s time to part with my beautiful creation.

I will be making more but as they are pieces or art rather than magic tricks I have chosen to auction her.  As with most art, the piece is only worth as much as somebody is willing to pay for it hence the auction.  I could keep her but there are more where she came from and it’s about time somebody else enjoyed her company.   

Here's the link -


As a mummified fairy has never been listed on eBay before it will be interesting to see what she makes!  Even if you don’t bid it will be an interesting 7 days to see what she makes. 

The proceeds will go towards setting up the new website www.SecretOfTheHollowHills.co.uk which will document the full fairy story and feature new fairy creations and stories from anyone wanting to submit them.  You’ll also be able to order fairies from me.

I just hope she makes enough to cover my website’s exceeded bandwidth costs! Over 20,000 hits in 24 hours was a shock! Oh well, you live and learn!

Regards and keep believing!