The Leslie Flint Educational Trust

Promoting the Legacy and Archive of the British Independent Direct Voice Medium Leslie Walter Flint


Louise Cook (left) June 1901 - March 1991
Ida Cook (right) August 1904 - December 1986

The Cook Sisters Collection

After the death of their brother in 1967,
Ida Cook and Louise Cook began visiting different mediums

in the hope of gaining a communication.

Famous for their heroism during World War Two,
the Cook sisters began attending séances with Leslie Flint in 1969.

The séances were so successful,

the sisters continued to visit Flint for the next ten years.

Not only were they able to gain a clear contact from their brother,
their mother Mary and other family members,
they had 'direct voice' conversations with some of their wartime friends

and those from the international worlds of opera and literature.  

Here are some of the recordings, made by Flint, of those sessions.

On March 11th 1956 Ida Cook was the subject of the British television show This Is Your Life.
Some viewers claimed to have seen the spirit form of her friend, Clemens Krauss, on screen during that live broadcast.
A report of this incident, from Two Worlds newspaper, is included at the bottom of this page.

Recorded: March 23rd 1969

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint.

Communicators: Clemens Krauss, Arthur, Bill Cook.

The Austrian operatic conductor, Clemens Krauss, is first to communicate with his old friends.
After a brief pause, he returns to say he has with him the Austrian stage and film director Max Reinhardt.

The voice of Arthur attempts a communication, then Mickey explains how the sister’s brother Bill is present.
When Bill is able to speak, he greets his sisters and suggests to Louise that she writes a book on spiritual and psychic matters. They discuss family matters and he tries to remind his sisters of old memories from his youth.

He explains how he is now ‘immersed’ in music, with the help of Clemens Krauss, and is becoming proficient on the piano. He talks of meeting many great musicians and composers, including Wolfgang Mozart,
and attending concerts in vast auditoriums, where the music is a visual and colourful experience.

He explains how our personal experience of the Afterlife depends on our mental conditioning when we arrive there,
and that each plane of existence contains hundreds of individual worlds, where anything is possible. He explains how new arrivals can reflect and even analyse themselves and ultimately accept themselves, without the judgement of others.

Bill mentions visits to lower vibrations, to assist souls who are Earthbound and need help to cross over.
He describes the thick ‘fog’ that surrounds the Earth plane, which is more dense in some places than others,
but clearer where the minds of people can be reached from the spiritual realms.

He ends by assuring his sisters that, with patience, he is confident that the ‘direct spirit voices’ could be attained
in their own home circle, because he has so much more he wants to share with them.


Note: This audio has been enhanced from a poor quality original. Intermittent interference can be heard in the first five minutes.

Recorded: April 23rd 1969

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint.

Communicators: Clemens Krauss, Rose Champion de Crespigny,
cousin Harry, Oscar Wilde, John Sloan, Mary Cook.

Oscar Wilde

Clemens Krauss, the Austrian operatic conductor and friend of the Cook sisters, tries with difficulty to communicate, 

then the artist Rose Champion de Crespigny speaks to the sisters about her involvement in their home circle.

The sister’s cousin Harry communicates briefly and clearly,
then an old school friend named Elsie Middlemass is next to say a few words.

At 10 minutes and 55 seconds, the unmistakeable voice of Oscar Wilde begins to speak eloquently,
but with humorous contempt towards the artificial voice-box and towards the medium himself !

At 23 minutes 35 seconds the famous Scottish medium John Sloan gives a little advice regarding the sisters' home circle.

The sisters' mother, Mary, whispers a few final words at the end of the recording, before Mickey says goodbye.


Note: Some slight interference exists, during the quiet pauses on this vintage recording.

Recorded: September 30th 1969

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint.

Communicators: Mickey, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Lord Shaftesbury, Mary Cook.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Mickey greets the Cook sisters, he mentions his own family, then asks if they are aware

of the spirit of a Roman centurion who was related to them in an earlier incarnation.
He tells them of a time when the sisters lived in Pompeii during the eruption of Vesuvius
and another lifetime spent in a convent in Italy, and an even earlier lifetime in ancient Egypt.

He gives advice on their spiritual work and reveals yet another lifetime the sisters spent in France during the mid-1700s.
He explains how there are spiritual teams working with the sisters to achieve certain spiritual aims.

The pioneering English doctor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, speaks to the sisters
about the effect of their spiritual work on other souls,
then refers to the spiritual influence on doctors on Earth, by souls who try to help others.
[Slight interference during this part of the recording]

Next, Lord Shaftesbury speaks to the sisters and emphasises the words already spoken.
He refers to the hardships often suffered by the poor during his lifetime
and gives his support to the sisters in their spiritual work.
He shares his philosophy on the spiritual progress of the individual,
then reflects on the available technology to enable recordings to be made
which can be shared with those who are willing to listen and to learn.

Finally, the sisters mother Mary speaks, in a whisper, 
also in support of sharing these recordings with many people.


Note: Although this vintage audio has been enhanced, some slight interference remains.

Recorded: December 12th 1969

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint

Communicators: Mickey, Marie Corelli, ‘Mr Sandeman’, Bill Cook, 

Marie Theresa / various other communicators

                                                                                                                                   Marie Corelli

Mickey wishes the sisters a happy Christmas and hopes the next book Louise writes will be a spiritual one. 

Then a whispering spirit voice tries to communicate, eventually gaining strength,
and identifying herself as the author Marie Corelli.

Miss Corelli offers her assistance with Louise’s spiritual writing, shares her admiration for the sister’s home circle and then departs. Mickey returns to discuss Ms Corelli, then their friend Mr Sandeman* communicates
bringing advice and Christmas greetings.

He mentions his opera friends including, Enrico Caruso and Nellie Melba,
then Mickey returns to explain how this communicator is still conducting orchestras in the Spirit World.

Mickey refers to the sisters' love of music, and their large collection of photos at home.
He gives a prediction, then asks them about a children’s organisation.

The sisters' mother speaks briefly, followed by their brother Bill, who struggles to speak at first.
We learn of a small dog he is caring for in the spirit world, then he talks about how human pets are cared for after they die. He tells his sisters the séance room is full of other visiting souls and animals, including an old family friend of their mother.

The whispering voices of Emma Wilmot and some German friends, including Günther and Anna, try to break through, then Mickey speaks of the sisters' friend Etta, who he says needs their help.

Mickey’s voice fades to a whisper, then finally Marie Theresa speaks, giving advice and Christmas greetings.

*Mr Sandeman = Mickey's nickname for the cloak-wearing friend of the Cook sisters; Clemens Krauss.


Note: Although this vintage audio has been enhanced, some slight interference remains.

Recorded: January 20th 1970

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint.

Communicators: Mickey, some of the sisters’ friends and family, Archbishop William Temple.

                                                                                      Archbishop William Temple

Mickey wishes the sisters a happy new year and discusses their brother’s spiritual progress. 

He talks about their friend Clemens Kraus (Mr Sandeman)
and describes their aunt Mary Ann Cook, her sister Sarah, then Charles and Richard, as family members.

The voice of the sisters’ mother Mary whispers a greeting, followed by their brother Bill,
who refers to his attempts in helping them with automatic writing.
An unknown voice whispers, then Mickey returns with evidence from the sisters’ friends in the spirit world.

Their friend Clemens Krauss communicates directly for a few minutes
and mentions his attempts to get through in their home circle.

An unknown communicator whispers, apparently in German for a moment,
then after a short silence, Mickey returns to help identify the names of their friend’s new acquaintances,
including the Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin.

He gives advice about their friend Rosa Ponselle, then Archbishop William Temple begins to communicate.
After a break, Temple returns and mentions his time in the church, his interest in Spiritualism,
and his current understanding of human progress after death.

As the power fades, Temple’s voice becomes quieter, until Mickey returns to say goodbye.
Flint suddenly coughs loudly and the sitters discuss the Archbishop’s communication.


Note: The use of headphones will help with this recording, since some voices are very quiet and some interference remains.

Recorded: April 30th 1970

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint.
Communicators: Mickey, Fédéric Chopin, George Sand, Alexandre Dumas.

                                                                                               Alexandre Dumas

The sisters hear briefly from Flint's helper Mickey and the composer Frédéric Chopin
then the French novelist George Sand shares a few words.

Next, some voices are heard, apparently speaking in another language,
and finally Alexandre Dumas communicates. 

The famous French author is remembered today for his books, including;
The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

He refers to his writing and discusses the inherent creative power that we all possess,
and explains that nothing that is created with good intentions 
can ever really be destroyed...


Note: To read the full transcript of this recording CLICK HERE

Recorded: July 15th 1970

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint

Communicators: Clemens Krauss, Mary Cook, Uncle Charles, Mickey.

                                                                                                 Clemens Krauss

Clemens Krauss is the first to communicate, and he refers to Mickey’s use of the phrase ‘you’re a case’. 

He talks to the sisters about his musical friends and some they knew;
including Otto, Melchior and Austrian tenor Richard Tauber; who, he says, still sings.

Clemens says they all the great musical talents still make music together in the spirit world.
He mentions meeting Max Reinhardt and other great producers, singers and artists.
He talks about the opera singer Maria Callas, the sisters’ friend Rosa Ponselle and others.

He gives Ida birthday greetings, talks about a visit to the Salzburg Festival*,
and then tells the sisters that he notices small changes made in the home.

Clemens tells them of a forthcoming trip to Paris, then after a brief pause an unknown voice is heard,
then Mickey returns to speak to the sisters.

He talks about their friend Clemens, then gives details of a Polish friend, who died suddenly in the 1950s.

The sister’s mother speaks briefly, in a whisper, followed by their Uncle Charles,
then Mickey gives details about their family members and mentions a guide named White Feather.

* The Salzburg Festival of 1970 ran from July 26th to August 30th


Note: This very clear vintage recording has a little interference in the final few minutes.

Recorded: March 9th 1972

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint

Communicators: Estelle Roberts.

                                                                                                  Estelle Roberts

The renowned spirit medium Estelle Roberts, who died in 1970, returns here to speak to Ida and Louise Cook.

With over 50 years experience, Estelle was known as one of the world's greatest mediums.

She often demonstrated her clairvoyance and trance work to packed venues, including the Royal Albert Hall.

Here, she returns to speak in depth - but only a whisper - to share her philosophy on the great responsibility 
of being a spirit medium and the vital importance of the home circle.

Note: Despite enhancement, minutes 17 to 19 are the least clear, in this 50 year old recording.

To read the full transcript CLICK HERE

Recorded: May 26th 1972

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint.
Communicators: Mrs Stella Campbell, Mickey.

"I have a strong sense of humour and being dead, it's very essential !"

                                                                                      Mrs Stella 'Patrick' Campbell

In this unique recording, The Edwardian stage actress 

Mrs Beatrice Rose Stella 'Patrick' Campbell
speaks to Ida Cook and Louise Cook about her love of animals
and her relief in finding that animals survive death.

She explains her efforts to reproduce her Earthly voice, for those who would doubt her identity

- as recommended to her by George Bernard Shaw.

Then she shares her own philosophy and gives lots of advice to the Cook sisters 

on their own efforts to develop Spirit communication;

adding that their group is like an 'oasis in the desert' for people on both sides of life.


To read the full transcript of this recording CLICK HERE

Recorded: September 19th 1972

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint

Communicators: Mickey, Enrico Caruso.

                                                                                                   Enrico Caruso

Ida and Louise Cook speak with Mickey for a few moments, 

before hearing from the famous Italian operatic tenor, Enrico Caruso.

Speaking in a gentle Italian accent,
Caruso explains that he had to learn English during his Earth life
- although he found it difficult.

He talks about his musical contemporaries, including Rosa Ponselle and Geraldine Farrar
and refers to his attempts at making movies, which he says were 'terrible'...

Note: This vintage audio has been rescued from a degraded tape. Although it has been enhanced, some interference remains.

To read the full transcript of this recording CLICK HERE

Recorded: January 25th 1973

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Leslie Flint.

Communicators: Mickey, Marie Collier, Enrico Caruso, various unnamed voices, Lilian Baylis, Sid, Doris, White Feather.

“It changed all our lives...”

- Ida Cook on Lilian Baylis’ work in making the theatre affordable to all.

                                                                                                    Lilian Baylis

Mickey greets the sisters and suggests Ida writes a book on reincarnation, 

then a male voice attempts to communicate.
A whispering female voice then tries to get through, and gives her name as Marie Collier, the young soprano singer.
Marie gains a little confidence in using the voice-box and mentions visiting the sisters’ home circle,
then confirms that her own death, from a fall, was accidental.

Enrico Caruso speaks and explains that first-time communicators do find it more difficult to speak in this way.
Then briefly, we hear a strong female voice, a male voice, various whispering voices and Mickey himself,
all speaking alternately for a time.

A short silence is followed by the strong female voice once more,
then a male communicator discusses the difficulties of voice communication, especially for new arrivals to the spirit world. He asks if the sisters have felt psychic breezes or heard whistling sounds in their home circle,
then talks about the various phenomena that could take place, if the vibrations allow it.
He mentions Marie Collier’s death and asks the sisters if they know Stephen Arlen.

The strong female voice returns and gives her name as Lilian Baylis,
the theatre manager who transformed the London theatre scene.
Together they reminisce about the old days and the people they all knew,
including the singers Joan Cross and Constance Willis and the actor Leslie Banks.

A male voice calling himself Sid, who says he worked at the Old Vic theatre,
speaks in a humorous way about his time there.
He refers to the Carl Rosa operatic company and recalls the earlier times of
Marie Lloyd, Vesta Tilly, George Leybourne, Harry Lauder and Harry Champion.

An old neighbour of the sisters, named Doris, wishes them a happy new year,
White Feather gives some advice about their home circle, then Mickey returns to say goodbye.


Note: Although this vintage recording has been enhanced, some slight interference remains.

Hear an earlier communication from Lilian Baylis speaking to George Woods and Betty Greene in 1963

Recorded: Friday, February 11th 1983

Present: Ida Cook, Louise Cook, Elayne Duke, Elayne's mother, Leslie Flint.
Communicators: Mickey, various family members, Mrs Stella Campbell

Visiting from America, Ms. Elayne Duke attends this Leslie Flint séance with her mother.

Mickey works hard to provide accurate information from their loved ones in the spirit world
and we hear some of them try to speak for themselves, 
in this very clear edited recording.

Regular sitters Ida and Louise Cook discover
that their friend
Mrs Stella Campbell also wishes to communicate
- until Mickey decides otherwise !


Additional recordings will be added soon . . .

Two Worlds newspaper - November 29th 1958

Our grateful thanks go to Tony, creator of the Big Red Book website, for sharing this archive report from Two Worlds.