The Newer Spiritualism

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General Books LLC, 2009 - History - 180 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II LEVITATION AND THE FIRE ORDEAL The feats described in the last chapter, with a single exception, were part of the ordinary repertory of the spirit medium then and later." Home was perhaps more successful in rapping, moving tables, exhibiting spirit hands, and distributing flowers than Mrs. Marshall or any of his American colleagues who thronged to our hospitable island at this time, but only as one conjurer is more successful than another. These feats required no apparatus and involved, in the peculiar psychological environment, little risk of miscarriage or exposure. The one manifestation which appears to have been peculiar to Home has been described above at some length, and the explanation suggested. Other mediums performed, in the dark, on musical instruments of many kinds. Home appears to have been the only practitioner of the period who could play--or could produce the impression of playing--an accordion held by one hand with the keys downward, and that with thg room sufficiently lighted for the outlines of the instrument and the supporting hand to be seen. But the phenomena now to be considered stand on a different footing. Home, indeed, was not the only medium of the period to be levitated, and other instances of elongation and the fire-test are on record. But if we may judge by the accounts that have come down to us, Home certainly carried these feats to a greater pitch of perfection than his rivals, and exhibited them with greater frequency and with a happier audacity. In none of these performances, again, does the explanation lie so near the surface as in the petty chicanery already described. We cannot attempt to explain the records of levitation and the fire-test without taking into account the psychological conditions; and let us ...

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