Phenomena of Physical Mediumship
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.
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.
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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