Physical Mediumship Séance: Are We Being Conned?

Guided to a Physical Mediumship Séance

Physical Mediumship Seance

Reader’s Letter: This story about physical mediumship séance took place when I was a young woman may seem unbelievable but it really happened…. We had just finished our Sunday tea when I announced to my mother that I must go out immediately. I put on my hat and coat and walked down the street not knowing where I was heading. It was as if I were in a vacuüm or trance like state.

I went up some steps and knocked on a door. A woman let me in and led me to an almost pitch dark room where I was shown to a seat. I had no idea where I was or why I was there but was told afterwards that it was a séance. A person stood in the middle of the circle, about 5 ft 7″ high, who seemed to be in control of proceedings. Now this is the marvelous part: from the man arose another man’s head and shoulders. It was my ‘dead’ father with his distinctive mustache and wearing his fir-lined waistcoat and black and white check pants. I wasn’t afraid at all. He said that I must not worry about him and that he was happy.

Everybody there had someone come to visit them: there were old women, a man with a stick, a soldier, young girls etc. For some, the short man spoke and gave messages from the apparitions. Nowadays if I want to see the spirit people my room goes cold and I look round and there they are.

Mrs Tinsley Lancashire

CRAIG’S REPLY: You really jumped in at the deep end. You had visited a physical mediumship séance in which the spirit communicator materialized probably out of ectoplasm, a white misty substance that forms from the demonstrating medium’s body. To be guided to a meeting like this without even knowing what a séance was is in itself remarkable.


There are many mediums like myself who would give their right arm to experience what you did that evening. Unfortunate what I have seen so far has been either self-deception or blatant fraud. One alleged ‘physical medium’ that we went to see should really been committed to an asylum. He was sincere but channels the most ridiculous nonsense while we all sat in a black séance room. It would have been hilarious if it wasn’t for the fact that there were bereaved people present. Similarly I have seen physical mediums who are complete frauds. They do some interesting stuff while being tied securely to a chair but I’m sure a good escapologist  could easily reproduce the antics I’ve seen.

Today we have night cameras that are capable of filming in total darkness. I’m ready to accept that there is such a thing as physical mediumship but – even though I’ve seen supposed top physical mediums – all I have seen to date is definitely fraud in my opinion. They say they cannot film when anyone wears metal and cameras would interfere with these sensitive conditions yet one of the mediums I watched sat under an air conditioning unit. So why the big deal over a little camera?

Jane and I are horrified by what’s out there at the moment. I have written about my experiences in a new book that will be published in June 2017. (See my Psychic Shop for details)

Have any other readers seen physical mediumship? Were you impressed or angered by what you saw? Please add your comments below


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  • warren Jan 5, 2015, 12:00 pm

    I have attended 3 séances of a physical nature. One was by a medium who is well publicised, for me though I just didn’t feel all that “satisfied” as I felt that the important thing “evidence of survival” was quite absent, but that’s only my view.

    I attended 2/3 séances with the now retired Stewart Alexander in Hull and all I can say is WOW deeply moving and unforgeable experiences. On the first visit I inspected the room, all of the tools, trumpet, chair, curtains, window ledges etc. I missed nothing and no one cared that I did this, circle leader let me get on with it and vacated for a cup of tea.

    The genuine and sincere experience of all present was just lovely… I saw the trumpets flying around the room, I heard someone speak through it, meanwhile, the medium on view and included luminous tabs upon his knees was chatting about what he felt happening whilst they flew around the room. I took the opportunity to chat with him, not that I doubted but I knew he / no one objected to my curiosity being fed.

    I spoke with one of the main spirit controls, my friend spoke with his dead father who gave incredible evidence which even I was able (just) to double verify. We witnessed the physical materialisation of the communicators hand upon the illuminated table, it’s form gradually constructing before our eyes.

    I now sit in a hone development, we are sitting to develop what ever we are lead to develop in the séance room. We have trance control, the depth of which varies but has not yet reached a deep state. We have identified our controllers/team to a number of 5 personalities and just last week our table tipping experiment met with immediate success. How lovely!

    The experimental experiences continue!

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