10 Times I Am NOT the Psychic for You

By: Travis Sanders

  1. If you think someone else’s husband or wife is your soulmate

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Guess what!? They aren’t. And if they’re willing to cheat with you, Boo Boo, they’re gonna cheat on you.

2) If you’re looking for a psychic spy

The-Men-Who-Stare-At-Goats.jpgThe cold war is over. If you want me to tell you if your man is texting other chicks, or if your  wife was really with the girls last weekend, you have bigger issues at hand and need couples counseling, not a psychic.

 

3) f you want a psychic paternity test

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Dial up the drama! Honey, if you don’t know who your baby daddy is, you need Maury, not a psychic.

4) If you want to argue

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Listen, Ive been doing this long enough that I know what I know. And if I don’t know I will readily say “I don’t know” but if I say the sky is blue, then I am pretty damn confident that the sky is blue. If you want to pay me for my insight, then argue with me about the insight given, then you’re next on the list….

5) If you don’t listen

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You know they type. You tell them the plate is hot and be careful, and they gotta touch it and yell “ouch” just to be sure. Some people call me, and then wanna do all the talking. One thing I know for sure, it doesn’t matter how many different ways you word the question to try to set it up to get the answer you want- you’re still gonna get the same answer.

6) If you’ve got ghosts or aliens

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Everybody has different beliefs- and that’s fine- but I am probably not the reader for you if you want to talk about: demons, ghosts, pleiadians, light beings, shadow people, annunaki, reptilians, faeries, or the illuminati….just don’t….

7) If you want someone to fix you

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Im not Iyanla, Baby, I can’t fix your life. I can give you guidance and direction but you have to participate in your own life, and make your choices. I can’t hold your hand. Im with you for 30 mins. For that 30 mins, I care…but Im not going to carry you.

8) If you only want a specific spirit contact

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It would be nice if it worked this way- but it doesn’t. You might want to hear from beloved Grandpa Bob, and instead I get Bob’s alcoholic brother Bill….mediumship doesn’t work off of want, it works of the what people need. Id suggest hearing Bill out, and usually Grandpa Bob will come through if you just listen and go with the flow- but at the end of the day it’s not Dial–the-Dead, don’t shoot the messenger!

9) If you wanna test me first 

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Listen, I have been doing this for over a decade, and I have a good reputation. Ive paid my dues, I’ve been tested by companies Ive worked for- I don’t feel the need to prove myself at this point. Either you want a session or don’t- but trying to get free readings out of me to “test drive” is only going to test my patience…Im not a Kia on a car lot.

10) If you’re gonna ask me about love spells

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Im not a rent a witch. I am a psychic and medium. If you want spells go to Salem. Or better yet, crack a book and learn before playing with forces you don’t understand. That being said, I would advise against love spells. Why would you wanna be with someone you have to make love you anyways? No one is that great…If they don’t like you for you, then let them goooooooooooooooooooooooooooo….like, yesterday. But I know the types who ask this question, and you’re gonna do what you’re gonna do anyways….Be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it.

That being Said!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am probably a good fit for you if….

  • You’re looking for guidance in life
  • You have questions that you want objective insights into
  • You’re open to contact with the Spirit world (i.e. Loved ones and guiding forces)
  • You understand I am there to give you information and/or evidence of survival- not to make decisions for you
  • You understand that psychics and mediums are fallible
  • You’re open to listening and trusting the process
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A Mediums’ Feud: Agnes Guppy & Florence Cook

By Travis Sanders

Born in 1838, Agnes Guppy was was a bit of a Spiritualist superstar in Britain. In the 1860’s through 1870’s she was a highly sought after apport and materialization medium. Raised by her grandfather after being orphaned as a baby, Agnes (then called Liz) began attending seances and developing her mediumistic sensitivity, encouraged by a couple known as The Sims. Her first physical feat was the apport of flowers.

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Guppy, along with several medium friends of hers became known for their apports. Many apports often “teleporting” from home to home between the colleague mediums. The most impressive apport was actually Mrs Guppy Herself.

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In June of 1871, a seance was taking place at the Herne-Williams home, 3 miles away from where Mrs Guppy lived. One sitter jokingly requested an apportation of Mrs Guppy herself, and moments later there was allegedly a loud crash on the table, being Mrs Guppy, followed by a smaller crash, which was a coat and some boots to walk home in.

Agnes Guppy was not just a materialization medium, but the first to produce full form materializations in Great Britain….and then Florence Cook came along.

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Florence Cook

Florence Cook was a pretty young woman. Born in London in 1856 she displayed mediumistic phenomena from an early age. Somewhat of a supposed prodigy, she began conducting public seances in her adolescence, eventually producing materializations of the famed spirit, Katie King, daughter of John King.

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This displeased Agnes for several reasons. One, because one of the spirit controls that manifested in Mrs Guppy’s seances was John King, the spirit identity of the famed pirate, Henry Owen Morgan. The competition of another materialization medium was one thing but to have another elbowing in on the “King” franchise agitated Agnes greatly. As an interesting aside, the spirit control John King has worked with many mediums through history such as the Davenport Brothers, Eusapia Palladino, W.T Stead, Helena Blavatsky, and Jonathan Koons of Athens, Ohio. Currently German physical medium, Kai Muegge has claimed full materialization of King in his seances as well.

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Many of Agnes’ regular sitters began to flock to Cook’s Seances’, partially because they were free of charge, and partially, Cook’s beauty and youth drew prospective sitters in. Agnes Guppy was anything but young and beautiful, in fact, Agnes was quiet a large woman, and was highly jealous of Cook for her looks. This lead Mrs Guppy to conspire to have colleague mediums throw vitriol acid in Florence Cook’s “doll face.” When her colleague’s refused to do so, Agnes outed them as fraudulent.

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In 1873 William Volkman, a man who believed Cook to be a fraud, broke seance protocol and grabbed the alleged spirit of Katie King, which lead to a scuffle between the spirit (who suspiciously looked a lot like Florence) and William. Cook’s fiancé escorted the “spirit” back to spirit cabinet, but for many, this shook Cook’s credibility.

Many people considered both Guppy and Cook to be frauds. Many people considered both Guppy and Cook to be miraculous. One such person who shined to young Florence was the scientist, Sir William Crookes. While many believed the materializations of Katie King to be nothing more than Florence in cheesecloth, Crookes allegedly tested Cook’s authenticity through a series of scientific testing and was convinced she was genuine.

Depending on who you talk to there is argument and evidence from both perspectives supporting an authentic and fraudulent verdict. Some claim that Crookes was romantically linked to Cook and conspired in the hoax.

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After the death of Mr Guppy, Agnes Guppy married William Volkman, and went by Agnes Guppy-Volkman until her death in 1917.

 

Sources:
psychictruth.info
Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Spirits: Guiley

 

 

Nuggets of Wisdom from Mediums Past

By Travis Sanders

Over the weekend I had the great fortune of visiting the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft in Cleveland, Ohio.  Now I know what you’re thinking, what does witchery have to do with mediumship and Spiritualism? Ray Buckland was a known figure in the Wiccan world, but also had deep ties to Spiritualism. Being from the UK, where Spiritualism is prevalent, he attended his first seance in adolescence, and has contributed in his teaching and writing to spirit communication and Spiritualism through his adult life.

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In addition to the weird and wonderful items in the museum, and it’s gracious staff members, Buckland’s museum also houses a variety of Spiritualist paraphernalia such as Spirit Trumpets, and a plethora of old and unique books on all varieties of occult subject matter- including Spiritualism and mediumship.

It was here that I found a copy of Robert Chaney’s Book, Mediums and the Development of Mediumship.

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It was the first time I had seen a hard copy of this gem, and I had to have it. Inside the book, as you can see from the cover, are accounts of the lives of 18 highly regarded mediums of the 20th century.

In addition to a biographical capturing of each medium’s life and development they also share insights, philosophy and guidance around the development of mediumship. So I decided as I read through the book to extract some of the key nuggets of information and tips around mediumistic development and share the bullet points here for you.

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  1. Lester Thorne

Thorne speaks of the importance of relaxation and prioritizes it over concentration. He puts emphasis on posture while sitting for Spirit, sitting with a straight spine, with the hands on the knees and back not touching the chair back to endure optimal relaxation. Thorne suggests “Patience and sincerity of purpose are essential.”

2. Bertie Lilly Candler

Candler advises studying under a good teacher. In regards to the development of trance mediumship advises the use of a spirit cabinet, relaxing and imagining sinking into the self to induce trance, while other circle members send energy to the cabinet. She is also a big advocate of rhythmic breathing, especially concentrating on the Solar Plexus center while doing so. Regular exercise and physical activity outside of Spiritual pursuits are also recommended. She advises- “Try to reach the best and highest” in regards to your mediumship.

3. James Laughton

Trumpet medium Laughton suggests that while sitting for trumpet phenomena, members should in the beginning spending time inviting their guides and teachers into the space by name to create a strong energetic rapport. In regards to message work in mental mediumship, he advises practicing giving messages in small groups to build confidence and efficiency before extended yourself to the public.

4. Bertha R Marx

Trance medium Bertha Marx claims that having a strong faith in your Spirit Teacher is essential in trance development. Her preferred method of reaching entrancement is imagining shrinking inside herself, pulling deep within as she breathes. In regards to clairvoyance gives an exercise of visualizing and detailing objects such as flowers and everyday objects.

5. John W Bunker

Known for his apports, Bunker suggests a breathing technique used to generate the energy needed for the “Spirit Team” to conduct apportation. The technique is as follows: Breathing into the Root center for an in-breath of 7 counts, Holding for three while mentally or visually directing that energy up the spine to the base of the throat for a count of 3, and exhaling for a count of 7, then repeating the process 7 times. This usually generates heat, and the same energy can also be used in Spiritual Healing.

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6. Carl Horton Pierce

The Reverend Pierce advises that living the most Spiritual life we can, lays fertile soil for the development of Spiritual Gifts. Clean and healthy bodies, a good relationship with our spirit guides, and remembering to ask Spirit to help us is key!

7. Mable Riffle

A force to be reckoned with from Camp Chesterfield, Mable Riffle gives the advise of asking our Spirit Band to always assume the same location in our aura, every time we work with them to create a trustworthy system with our Spirit Team. In regards to developing trumpet mediumship, she suggests that during sitting for physical phenomena, rubbing your hands briskly together to generate energy, and directing that energy toward the trumpet by then extending your hands towards the trumpet(s) in the center of the table. Riffle also suggest the Lords Prayer and a hymn at the start of each circle to set the tone for the evening.

8. Hugh Gordon Burroughs

Burroughs guidance consists of cultivating a selfless attitude, faith and trust, and willingness to be of service. Through a prayerful life and seeing the Divine in everyone, we can begin our unfoldment with sincere intent.

9. Mamie B Schulz

Known for her Billet reading, Mamie Schulz suggest starting that development through psychometrey. As we develop in our psychic link with objects, we can then shift the focus to connecting with Spirit people tied to the owners of the objects. Mamie also advises us not to forget the importance of Spirit Inspiration in our mediumship.

10. Albert Strode

“Medium is God manifesting through mankind” says Strode. Learning inspirational speaking, study and meditation are advised to attract Spirit Guides of the highest calibre. Strode feels that sitting for spirit with joy and love in your heart paired with a desire to learn is a recipe for success. Additionally he also advises us to treat our Spirit helpers with the same respect that we would treat our Earthly friends. and asking them to assist us in soul traveling to the Spirit world (and asking to remember) that we may absorb the knowledge and wisdom from those visitations in ways that we will remember.

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11. Clifford Bias

Clifford is one of my personal favorites of Mediums from the past. Bias was known for his many expressions of mediumship both mental and physical. Bias suggests that understanding theory and physical science as well as the law of conservation of energy are foundational before seeking to develop. He also recommends the following books:

Guide to Mediumship by Delta Samadhi
Laws of Mediumship by C.C. Zain
Guide to Mediumship by E.W. Wallis
Biopneumonia by Levi
What Mediumship is by Horace Leaf
Psychic Control by W.W. Kenilworth

In regards to direct voice, Clifford theorizes that sitting with other physical mediums cam activate latent physical potential that exists within us, and encourages us to sit several times with potential teachers. He holds the psychic circle as sacred and advises us to treat that time as such, as well as the importance of keeping a diary of our development. He also conducts development circles in a way that the first half is in light, and the second half is in darkness so that mental and physical development and growth can be worked in the same circle.

12. Nelly Curry

Mrs Curry like Marx earlier suggests visualizing and memorizing objects. When he have gotten good at this, Curry suggests trying to imagine seeing people in as much detail and specificity as possible. When we feel confident in holding the imagery and detail of people, we may ask our guides for a message in regards to those people whose image we hold, and noticing other visuals that come to us. Curry tells us to use our common sense and not get discouraged as we sit to develop.

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13. M. Mcbride Panton

Panton is one of the mindset who is against the idea of self development, but encourages it within the safety of a circle with an experienced leader. He also advises an attitude of expectancy over hopefulness and wishful thinking.

14. Geraldine Pelton

Known for her precipitation mediumship and direct spirit art. In the development of such Pelton recommends getting small canvas or paper, and pastels. For several days meditate with the paper and pastels to “charge” them with energy. Afterward, when sitting for the manifestation of phenomena, sit in a darkened room in front of the paper and pastels for 30 minutes, alternating between focusing on the pastels, and then the paper. Pelton recommended sitting no more than 3 times a week for the development of this phenomena.

15. William H. Jackson 

Trumpet Medium Jackson insists that trust in the divine is essential, along with a working understanding of natural law. As you build power and blend with the god of your understanding, discernment develops and your guides will eventually reveal themselves to you.

In regards to trumpet/direct voice development Jackson recommends keeping a vessel of water in the seance room.

16. Maud Fox

Mrs Fox suggest prayer as a starting point. Remember you can pray for the development of your mediumship! Prayer is a form of attunement. Pray for Spirits power to flow through you in your works. In addition Maud feels strongly about the idea of knowing thyself. In regards to demonstration she reminds us to attune to the body language of our spirit contact- this way, as we take on mannerisms of our contact, we not only share survival but show it.

17. Richard Zenor

Mental and emotional self-care are essential in Zenor’s opinion. He also advises staying with one or two earthly teachers in life, because it makes it easier for our spirit helpers to know how we work, and the energies that work with us in an earthly sense. Mr Zenor is also an advocate of the power of positive thinking.

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To read the full text of Robert Chaney’s Book, you can download a PDF with the link below.

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Mediums of the Past: Leonora “White Crow” Piper

By Travis Sanders

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One of the most hailed trance-mediums of the early 1900’s was Leonora E. Piper. Despite being born in 1857, Piper’s psychic experiences didn’t start until around 8 years of age, when a blow to the head induced clairaudient sounds. The sounds produced the name of Aunt Sarah, who unbeknownst to Leonora, and her mother, had passed away the very same moment as Leonora’s injury.

In 1881 Leonora married William Piper, and not long after attended a seance by blind clairvoyant and healer, Dr J.E. Cocke. While Cocke went into trance, Piper did too, simultaneously, and channeled automatically a written message of a profound nature- and of which she had no awareness of.

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After that Leonora’s ability as a trance medium blossomed. An American, (Boston) Piper traveled to the UK and was studied by leading psychical researchers of the time, including Sir William Crookes. It was through the agency of her mediumship that the “Faunus” message was delivered in 1915, predicting the death of Sir Oliver’s  son, and consecutive sittings with Mrs. Piper, (along with messages received through table tipping) made a believer out of Lodge in the legitimacy of her Trance Mediumship and the survival of his son’s consciousness.

Pipers primary control was a french doctor named Dr Phinuit (pronounced “Finney”) though her controls changed over the years. It is debated whether the controls were independent beings or aspects of her subconscious, regardless, the evidence of her trances left no doubt that the communications from and about loved ones were genuine spirit-contacts.

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Mrs Piper earned the nickname “White Crow” from William James- a researcher with the American Society for Psychical Research, after he was quoted saying “If you wish to upset the law that all crows are black, it is enough if you prove that one crow is white. My white crow is Mrs Piper.”

As Leonora aged, and tended to her ailing mother, her trance mediumship faded, and by the time of her death in 1950 was limited to mostly automatic writing. Despite this, during the years of 1885 and 1915, she was one of the most tested and impressive trance mediums in the world.

Sources:
Great Moments of Modern Mediumship: Meilleur
The Mighty Dead: Penczak
The Spirit Book: Buckland

Eileen Garrett and Her Many Voices

By Travis Sanders

One of the most fascinating mediums of the 20th century, in my opinion, is Eileen J Garrett: psychic, trance-medium…and skeptic?

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Born in Ireland in 1893, Garrett knew tragedy from an early age. While still very young, her parents committed suicide, and she was raised by her religious aunt and uncle. While her uncle was a sweet man, her aunt was described by Eileen as cold, and strict, and she and Eileen never truly connected. This lead Eileen to retreat into her inner world where she found visions and voices.

As a very sickly child growing up near moors and sacred stone circle, Eileen appreciated nature and the magic therein. From a young age she saw auras around people and even experienced spirit visitations, much to her aunt’s dismay.

Misfortune followed Eileen into adulthood, especially into her 3 marriages. Each one ending in death or divorce. Her first marriage to a man name Clive, yielded three sons who all died very young, and one daughter who thrived, named Eileen after her mother.

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After WW1 Eileen was attending a table tipping seance, a new experience for her, and while at the session, she appeared to fall asleep. But asleep she was not! Eileen fell into a trance state and began giving information about the other sitters deceased loved ones. Upon waking she was unaware of what transpired. Encouraged by those in attendance, she sought out the help of a hypnotist who was able to induce the trance state (like many mediums, later on this was not needed for her to go into trance) and while under trance, revealed a spirit control (Spirit guide) by the name of Uvani.

Uvani, who claimed Arabic origins, was Garrett’s main control, but in time a secondary control named Abdul Latif, a persian physician, introduced himself and would work with Eileen in trance diagnosis and disseminating medical information, much like her contemporary “The Sleeping Prophet” Edgar Cayce. Interestingly Edgard Cayce and Eileen Garrett did meet, and performed trance readings for each other.

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As Eileen Garrett’s reputation and her own curiosity grew, she began to work with and be tested by a number of researchers, scientists, parapsychologists, and spiritualists, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Oliver Lodge, The British College of Psychic Science, and after moving to America where she eventually would become a citizen, Dr Joseph Rhine with Duke University and the American Society for Psychical Research. One  of the more controversial feats of her mediumship involved communicating with a spirit connected to the R101 Airship disaster, and allegedly communicating unknown mechanical information that lead to the crash, though this is debated by believers and skeptics alike.

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The thing that intrigues me the most, and that I respect the most about Eileen, is that she never doubted WHAT she was able to do, but she was never convinced in regards to HOW she was able to do it. She often wondered if much of her psychic ability was simply a telepathy- but even more interestingly, despite being one of the most credible and studied trance mediums in the world- she was not convinced that her own spirit guides/controls were legitimate Spirits, but believed them to likely be aspects of her own subconscious personified, and ultimately was unconvinced in a Spirit world or life after death.

Sources:

Many Voices: The Autobiography of a Medium by Eileen Garrett
The Spirit Book: Raymond Buckland

Wikipedia
Fst.org
Youtube: Dueling Psychics: Edgar Cayce and Eileen J. Garrett

 

 

 

Andrew Jackson Davis: The Father of Modern Spiritualism

By Travis Sanders:

When people think of the beginnings of Modern Spiritualism, they automatically think of the Fox Sisters. But did you know the Hydesville Rappings were foretold?
In his journal, one the same date of March 31st, 1848, Andrew Jackson Davis wrote:

“About daylight this morning a warm breathing passed over my face and I heard a voice, tender and strong, saying ‘Brother, the good work has begun- Behold a living demonstration is born.’ I was left wondering what could have been meant by such a message.”

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Because of this, Andrew Jackson Davis (AJD) is often referred to as the “John the Baptist” of Spiritualism. Davis, born 1826, had a simple upbringing near the Hudson River in NY, at the age of 12 he began hearing voices which encouraged him to encourage his family to move to Poughkeepsie, which they did. Little did his mother and (alcoholic) father know that years later their son would be regarded as the Poughkeepsie Seer. AJD’s mother would pass before ever getting to witness these accomplishments.

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As a teen Davis was introduced to Mesmerism by a traveling showman, and found that he could be “mesmerized’ (hypnotized) and while in this trance state diagnose disease and see inside the human body clairvoyantly, much like the Sleeping Prophet, Edgar Cayce, who wouldn’t come for nearly a century more down the road.

In 1844 in a trance-like state, Davis found himself in the Catskill Mountains (nearly 40 miles from home) where he claims to have had discourse with the Spirit of the ancient greek physician Claudius Galen, as well as the swedish mystic and scientist, Emmanuel Swedenborg.

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Jackson’s work included not only medical intuition, and remote viewing, but trance- philosophy, and automatic writing- which over time became less automatic in nature and more inspirational in it’s reception by the medium. Regardless by the time Davis was 20 he wrote what Sherlock Holmes author and Spiritualist, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, considered to be a very profound book of philosophy- The Principles of Nature, the first of numerous volumes which would be produced through the vehicle of his mediumship.

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Davis also has a reputation for being a bit of a womanizer. In 1848 he married his first wife, Catherine, who started as a patron, and then became his mistress, eventually leaving her husband for Davis. Their marriage was cut short when 5 years into it, Catherine passed away. In 1854, he married is second wife Mary, who also left her husband for Davis. Their marriage was much longer than his first, lasting 30 years, but ending in divorce, and Davis believed his true mate was a woman by the name of Delphine, whom he married in 1885.

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AJD contributed much to the movement of Spiritualism, including his numerous volumes of writing, lectures, his contributions to the Lyceum movement within Spiritualism, and even somewhat to the medical community as he eventually attained an M.D from the US Medical College. Davis spent his later years in Boston, MA, managing his bookstore until his death on Jan 13, 1910.

Sources:
Advanced Spirit Communication & Public Mediumship: Klingler
Book of Spirit Communication: Buckland
The Spirit Book: Buckland

Mediums of History: The Bangs Sisters by Travis Sanders

Very few people had as special of a gift as May and Lizzie Bangs.

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May, born 1853, and Elizabeth, born 1859, in Chicago, Illinois, were the daughters of Edward and Meroe Bangs. Known for their ability to produce a form of physical mediumship known as precipitation, even at a young age the girls were no stranger to psychic phenomena. As children, experiences frequently happened in the home, such as furniture moving of its own accord, and coal “raining” from the ceiling.

As they grew, so did their mediumship blossom and reveal its crowning achievement in Spirit Portrait Precipitation. Unlike automatic and other forms of psychic art, the portraits produced by the Bangs Sisters where not produced through the body of the medium, or by any human hands- but through their energy and disposition to physical mediumship phenomena. Images of the ‘deceased’ appeared almost as if the pigment condensed onto the canvas.

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In a typical sitting two paper canvases where placed face to face and propped up in a window, with the bottom of the canvases resting on a table. Curtains were drawn to the edges of the canvas and an opaque shade was drawn over the canvases so that anything illuminated in the room, was the light that shown from the outside, through the fabric of the canvases.

Either the sisters would sit on either side of the canvas with the sitter (recipient of the portrait) sat in front of the table- or both sisters would sit to one side of the canvas, while the sitter sat on the other side with a hand on the frame of the canvas. During these sittings shadows and changes in light could be seen on the canvas through the light of the window, and sometimes in as little as minutes, full portraits would would be achieved. When the image stopped developing, much like a polaroid picture, the canvases would be separated to reveal stunning, color-filled, life-like images of the sitters loved ones (and sometimes spirit guides).

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                                               Portrait depicting Emily Carson in 1894

As their gifts continued to develop, their portraits could be produced in full daylight, and often on stage, the pigments precipitating and stunning images appearing before the audiences eyes, as random attendees were selected to receive theses special forms of evidence of survival. Later, May and Lizzie also produced what many refer to as direct spirit writings that were examined and studied by the famed psychical researcher, Sir William Crookes. It is unclear however if the writings were precipitated directly onto paper, as the portraits were, or if it was directly written by solidly materialized spirit hands in seance conditions- I have yet to find out.

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               Portrait depicting Dr John Sharp, spirit guide of Etta Wriedt (Detroit, MI)

I have been fortunate enough to view many of the Bangs Sister’ portraits first hand at the Hett Art Gallery on the grounds of Camp Chesterfield, in Chesterfield Indiana, were the Bangs sisters arrived in the early 1900’s and whose house today still stands and is occupied by a current registered Chesterfield medium. The portraits are breathtaking and lifelike, and no brushstrokes can be found. In fact researches who have examined these portraits and have stated that the pigmentation used to produce these airbrush-eque images are not a known substance, and often compared to the likeness of the dust on butterfly wings. Art experts who have studied these portraits have said that it would take a master artist many hours over extended days to produce such a quality portrait that the sisters allegedly produced in 1-2 hours or as little as 5 mins.

While being shown around the Hett Museum by a local resident of camp, it was revealed to me that if you examine the portraits closely, you will find that for some unknown reason, none of the people have eyelashes, despite being highly detailed otherwise. Details of the portraits were even known to change at sitters request in mid production, and often time images changed or other images appeared after the portraits were taken home.

While few others have produced Spirit Portrait Precipitation through history, none are as revered or admired as the Bangs Sisters. If you ever have the opportunity to see these great works of art, and evidences of survival, please don’t pass the opportunity up!

Sources:

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The Bangs Sisters & their Precipitated Spirit Portraits, Irene Swann

The Spirit Book, Raymond Buckland