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Christmas Tree Séance

Recorded: December 10th 1972

In this rare recording of a special séance for spirit children,
 we learn that there are gifts of toys placed beneath a decorated Christmas tree in Leslie's séance room. 

They are for any spirit children who might wish to play with them
and a large group of 26 sitters are in attendance, 
who join along with the proceedings.

This is more than the usual voice séance,
because the sitters also experience physical phenomena,
where items in the room are moved around by the spirit children. 

The recording begins to the sound of everyone singing old hymns, until the sitters are surprised to hear the sound of something hitting a wall in the room. After some discussion, they all listen intently
for any other sounds in the darkness...

Below is a brief report, published in December 2013, by George Cranley,
who was present at this séance in 1972.

Note: This enhanced audio is almost 50 years old and is not to modern standards.


A full transcript for this hour-long recording will be added soon.
The recording is introduced by Bram Rogers.

Séance report by George Cranley 

December 2013

“One of the most popular events in Spiritualism was the annual Christmas Tree Party for spirit children held by Leslie Flint at his home in Bayswater, London. I attended on two occasions, the first being on the 10th December 1972.

Over twenty invited guests attended on this occasion. There was a decorated tree with gifts brought by the guests at the séance for the children in spirit. 
The children would describe and take the etheric counterpart of the toy they wanted.

After the séance was over the actual toys would be taken to the children’s ward at the local hospital.

The séance opened with the singing of ‘Silent Night’, followed by ‘Jingle Bells’
Very quickly the spirit activity began.

Fragile decorations from the Christmas tree were bounced off the walls, yet none were broken! 

A box of toffees was opened with various people announcing that a toffee had been placed on their lap.
I asked why I hadn’t been given a toffee and immediately, two landed in my lap - even though I was seated four rows back and the room was pitch-black.

Both adult and child spirit communicators spoke during the course of the séance.

Maurice Chevalier who passed over in 1972 gave a short talk. Nellie Klute, a theatre programme seller who passed in 1917, communicated, and when asked by medium Jessie Nason how she was, Nellie replied, “I’ll live; and you?”

Among the spirit children who spoke were Doris, Robert, Daisy, Peter, Pat and Ian; each with their own distinctive personality, all interspersed with comments and asides from Mickey, the cockney child guide of Leslie Flint.

At the same time as the children were selecting their toys, a little toy piano or drum would be played.

As two children argued over a particular toy Mickey would break in saying “Ere, pack it in you two” so that three voices would be heard simultaneously. Not only were these voices different, but various accents such as Scottish and American were spoken. The spirit children would request us to sing a particular song and would often sing along.

After the séance was over and the lights went on, we found that the Christmas tree had almost been stripped of its decorations, an empty box of toffees lay beside it and the various parcels, although unopened, were in a state of disarray.

It is almost impossible to convey in words the atmosphere of joy, delight, humour, excitement and expectation that was present at these Xmas séances.

My thanks go to Leslie Flint and his spirit helpers who helped to make these such memorable séances.”