Phenomena of materialisation: a contribution to the investigation of mediumistic teleplastics (Google eBook)

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K. Paul, Trench, Trubner & co., ltd., 1920 - Apparitions - 340 pages
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Page 4 - Among other mediums referred to in the literature of the latter part of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth...
Page 5 - Then she further collapses until she has no resemblance to a human form, and more rapidly sinks down to fifteen or twelve inches. Then suddenly the form falls into a heaped patch of drapery — literally Yolande's left-off clothing which slowly but visibly melts into nothingness. "The dematerialising of Yolande's body occupies from two to five minutes, while the disappearance of the drapery occupies from a half to two minutes.
Page 329 - This manifestation is a premonitory phenomenon, which sometimes precedes the other phenomena by three quarters of an hour, or an hour. Sometimes it is wanting, and it occasionally happens that no other manifestation follows. The substance itself emanates from the whole body of the medium, but especially from the natural orifices and the extremities, from the top of the head, from the breasts, and the tips of the fingers. The most usual origin, which is most easily observed, is that from the mouth....
Page 5 - First a filmy, cloudy patch of something white is observed on the floor in front of the cabinet. It then gradually expands, visibly extending itself as if it were an animated patch of muslin lying fold upon fold, on the floor, until extending about two and a half by three feet and having a depth of a few inches — perhaps six or more. Presently it begins to rise slowly in or near the centre, as if a human head were underneath it, while the cloudy film on the floor begins to look more like muslin...
Page 5 - It continues rising, oftentimes sinking somewhat to rise again higher than before, until it attains a height of about five feet, when its form can be seen as if arranging the folds of drapery about its figure. Presently the arms rise considerably above the head and open outwards through a mass of...
Page 329 - ... of various thickness, or in the form of narrow rigid rays, or as a broad band, as a membrane, as a fabric, or as a woven material with indefinite and irregular outlines. The most curious appearance is presented by a widely expanded membrane, provided with fringes and rucks, and resembling in appearance a net. The amount of externalized matter varies within wide limits. In some cases it completely envelops the medium as in a mantle. It may have three different colours — white, black, or grey....
Page 332 - ... organic substance. In our experiments we have observed, above all, that a uniform amorphous substance externalizes itself from the medium's body, and gives rise to the various ideoplastic forms. We have seen how this uniform substance organized and transformed itself under our eyes. We have seen a hand emerging from the mass of the substance ; a white mass developed into a face. We have seen how in a few moments the form of a head was replaced by the shape of a hand. By the concurrent testimony...
Page 329 - ... itself emanates from the whole body of the medium, but especially from the natural orifices and the extremities, from the top of the head, from the breasts, and the tips of the fingers. The most usual origin, which is most easily observed, is that from the mouth. We then see the substance externalizing itself from the inner surface of the cheeks, from the gums, and from the roof of the mouth. The substance occurs in various forms, sometimes as ductile dough, sometimes as a true protoplastic mass,...
Page 329 - ... of narrow rigid rays, or as a broad band, as a membrane, as a fabric, or as a woven material with indefinite and irregular outlines. The most curious appearance is presented by a widely expanded membrane, provided with fringes and rucks, and resembling in appearance a net. The amount of externalized matter varies within wide limits. In some cases it completely envelops the medium as in a mantle. It may have three different colours — white, black, or grey. The white colour is the most frequent,...
Page 330 - ... modelled hand. I touch this hand ; it feels quite normal. I feel the bones and the fingers with the nails. This hand is then drawn back, becomes smaller, and vanishes at the end of the cord. The latter makes a few further motions, contracts, and then returns into the medium's mouth, (p. 330.) Again : A head suddenly appears about 30 inches from the head of the medium, above her and on her right side. It is a human head of normal dimensions, well developed, and with the usual relief. The top of...

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