The Phenomena of Physical
One of the most noted
materialization mediums was Florence Cooke, who
was thoroughly researched by Sir William Crookes. In this photograph, we
have the full-form materialization of the spirit known as Katie King.
Sir William placed his reputation, as a scientist, on the line by
investigating and proclaiming, as quite genuine, Florence Cooke's
mediumship. His findings can be found in the classic, "Researches",
by Sir William Crookes.
Many circles for physical mediumship begin by sitting around
a table. If conditions are right, raps and taps will be heard coming from
within the table. Often the table will rock, lift, and eventually
levitate completely off the floor. In this photograph, we have the famous
Italian physical medium, Eusapia Paladino
(middle). Although genuine and quite remarkable phenomena took place with
her mediumship, she did take pleasure in fooling and playing games with
the researchers. This tended to place a shroud of doubt about her.
In many ways, physical mediumship does adhere to the
laws of physics. Here, we see the production of what is known as
ectoplasmic rods. It is through the production of these rods that
levitation often occurs. Generally, the rods are constructed from an
invisible form of ectoplasm. William J. Crawford spent many years
investigating the Goligher circle (Kathleen Goligher, the medium).
Through his researches, he ascertained that spirit uses these rods very
much like a cantilever in order to apply the necessary force to levitate
an object. His findings can be found in the book, "The Reality of
Psychic Phenomena: Raps, Levitations, Etc.", by W. J. Crawford.
Here, we have a photograph
of a slate drawing done at our Church just before the turn of the
century. In slate drawing, two slates are placed together, with a writing
instrument or chalk between them. The slates are, then, tied together.
When the slates are separated, writing or pictures often appear. This
picture is dark because the background is the black slate.
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