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In The Audience

Recollections of a public demonstration with Leslie Flint*

“On Saturday February 14th 1948 I had the opportunity to attend a public demonstration of 'independent direct voice mediumship', at Kingsway Hall in London. Demonstrating this type of phenomena in a public hall was quite new and somewhat experimental. Previously, this type of mediumship had always been demonstrated in private, with usually just a few people present.

 

“On this occasion, instead of the séance being held in total darkness - which is normally essential in the case of direct voice mediumship - the house lights would remain switched on. However, the medium would be isolated from the audience inside a specially constructed wooden cabinet throughout the demonstration. This sound-proof and light-proof box was placed in full view of the audience for the duration of the demonstration.

“Three microphones were placed in front of the cabinet, to pick up the spirit voices emanating from within. The sound system was arranged, checked and tested by qualified technicians on the staff of the Kingsway Hall. During testing of the equipment they turned the amplifier up to its full capacity and, with a technician inside the cabinet shouting at the top of his voice, they failed to pick up hardly a sound.

 

“The medium for this demonstration was Mr. Leslie Flint, a specialist in direct voice phenomena, and the hall was packed to capacity.

Leslie entered the cabinet, where he would remain for the next two hours. I remember he once told me that he suffered from claustrophobia, so I imagine he must have found the enclosed space something of an ordeal.

 

“The chairman for this meeting was the Reverend Charles Drayton Thomas - a Methodist minister with considerable experience in physical mediumship. He gave a short talk to explain the modus operandi of the evening, then handed the meeting ‘over to the spirit world,’ as he put it.

“There was a hush and an expectant silence throughout the hall, as the large audience waited for the first sign of a sound through the loudspeakers. Suddenly, the first voice broke through the silence.

 

“Cor, what a lot of people!” It was the voice of Leslie Flint's spirit helper, Mickey.

 

“When on Earth, Mickey had been a newspaper boy in London. Now he acted as a kind of master of ceremonies by encouraging the various spirits who wished to communicate. It was obvious that Mickey was something of a comedian, because he had the audience in hysterics with his humorous and down-to-earth chatter, which set the scene for the first communicator.

 

“There is a lady here who wishes to speak to you all,” said Mickey. “She says her name is Ellen Terry.”

 

“With that, a gasp of excitement rose from the audience, as the powerful and cultured voice of the well-known British actress proceeded to speak. We listened intently as she talked to us about the fear of death and the philosophy of survival. My mother had known Ellen Terry during her lifetime and, as the spirit voice began to speak, mother turned to me and said, “I knew that voice well, it's Ellen Terry. It's uncanny.”