Monday, September 3, 2007

Daniel Dunglas Home

By far the most impressive physical mediums was Daniel Dunglas Home. Born in Scotland in 1833m, Home grew up in the United States but acheived his greatest fame as a medium and psychic extraordinare in England and continental Europe. In his entire career it is said, Home was never caught using stage conjuring maneuvers or trickery.


A typical Home seance was nothing short of spectacular. It might include the apperance of disembodied hands, the sight and sound of a accordion being played although no fingers were visible on its keys, and the elongation of the medium's body- all in well-lighted rooms. Home's most incredible case that was demonstrated took place in 1868. It was described in detail by Lord Lindsay, later on the Earl of Crawford, to the committee of the Dialectical Scoiety in London: ''I was sitting with Mr. Home and Lord Adare and a cousin of his. During the sitting Mr. Home went into a trance and in that state was carried out of the window in the room next to where we were and was brought in at our window. The distance between the windows was about seven feet six inches, and there was not the slightest foothold between them, nor was there more than a twelve-inch projection to each window. We heard the window in the next room lifted up, and almost immediately after we saw Home floating in the air outside our window.

Sir William Crookes an Eminent Physicist was also impressed by Home. Lady Crookes, wife of the iminent physicist Sir William Crookes, described another of Home's feats, the apperance of a mysterious accorion-playing phantom: ''Ad the figure approached I flet an intense cold, and as it was giving me the accordion I could not help screaming.'' As she screamed, ''the figure seemed to sink into the floor leaving only the head and shoulders visible, still playing the accordion,''

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