THE AUTHENTICITY OF A SEANCE WITH MEDIUM DAVID THOMPSON
By Howard Abraham (New York)
I would like to begin by stating that while I have always
believed that our spirit lives beyond the human body for
as long as I can remember, I have always wanted physical
proof – I needed a knowing. If you are reading this
and have never experienced a gathering of spirit (this was
my third, the other two I witnessed were the two nights
prior to this one, and were just as incredible), I hope
that this first-hand account gives you more solid proof
to help dissolve away the skepticism that we all naturally
On Friday, October 12th 2007, in Glasgow Scotland, I entered
the room where spirit hopefully would greet us the next
day. I examined the entire room from top to bottom very
carefully, as I would help during the preparation for about
five hours. I want to express myself with honesty and sincerity
- this room was a plain, ordinary room. The medium, David
Tompson, was not there, nor was any member of his circle
team. As a matter of fact, they arrived in Scotland toward
the end of the day.
To create the absolute darkness necessary for the mediums
safety, the room had to be “blacked out”. (Previous
Zerdin Buzzsheet articles explain why dark conditions are
necessary, and this has been explained for years from many
sources). We started in the seance room with the two windows
in the front. Heavy black vinyl was stretched around wooden
molding, creating a panel that fit over the long windows.
This panel was nailed into the parameter of the window.
Then, heavy duct tape was put around the panel where it
met the window frame.
The room to the right when facing the windows (please
see diagram) also had windows, and the same method was applied
to black them out. I also blacked out the door in this room
that led into the main hallway and stairs. I taped the heavy
black vinyl around the parimater and then put the duct tape
on top of that. Believe me, if any door was to be opened,
it would make a lot of noise. This room also had an extremely
heavy and difficult to move partition that seperated it
from the room that I just described.
The room to the back also had windows and doors that we
are blacked out. Again, I would like to stress that if one
were to try to open any door or window, it would make A
LOT of noise, if they could even open them at all. This
room also had a heavy partition seperating it from the seance
With all partitians closed, the seance room itself had
one door, the two windows I described earlier that were
blacked out, and a fireplace. I looked at the fireplace.
Nobody older than the age of 2 would fit through.
The cabinent the medium would use was ordinary wood painted
black. The cabinent was borrowed, not brought over from
Australia where the medium resides. I helped to put the
cabinent together myself, including to help cut the material
for the curtains that would drape in front. The cabinent
was ordinary, and had enough room for a chair that the medium
sits in and maybe another foot around him.
Now, each of the forty individuals were ready to enter
the seance room. First, we were each frisked quite thoroughly,
having been required to take everything out of our pockets,
and even taking our shoes off.
Additonally, each person was scanned with a metal detector.
We were then able to enter the room.
The chairs were arranged in a semi-circle around the room,
blocking all doors leading out of the room, except the door
we entered in from. The chairs also blocked the fireplace.
It was tough to navigate to the seat that we were to sit
in becase the chairs were so close to each other. Once the
last individual was in the room prior to the start, a huge
piece of heavy vinyl, which I helped to prepare, was placed
over the door with the same roll of duct tape that I used.
Taping the door took almost ten minutes.
While the door was being taped, David Thompson explained
that he himself is a skeptic, and wanted to make sure that
our minds were put to rest that nothing but the truth would
be shown to us that evening. (The truth being that we don’t
die and those in spirit live on). So, the medium chose two
individuals to search him, to search his circle members,
the cabinent, the floor, adjoining rooms, whatever and wherever
they wanted. First they checked the leather straps and the
cable ties that would bind him to the chair. I happened
to be seated in the front directly next to the circle leader,
so all of this was going on right in front of me. They checked
the gag that went around the medium’s mouth, they
turned the chair that he sat in upside down and knocked
and pulled on it. One of the two individuals then frisked
David Thompson himself, checking all of his pockets, inside
his shoes and under his shirt. He was so thorough that everybody
started laughing. I must mention that I spoke to the individual
doing the searching before the seance, and I feel 100% confident
in saying that he never met the medium before that moment.
(He also checked the trumpets (cones) with tape that glows
in the dark on both ends, and a little plaque that glows
in the dark). Last, David put on a outer sweater, with plastic
ties that looped around each button. I will explain why
this was done later.
After thoroughly checking the cabinent, behind the cabinent,
the next room and frisking the mediums circle team members,
the next step was to strap David to the chair. First, he
was strapped in with leather binds. They were then reinforced
with the plastic tie downs. I promise whoever is reading
this, no human could get out of this. Magicians pre-plan
their tricks, and certainly would not let anybody thoroughly
seach their equipment. Additionally, I must mention that
the chair David sat in was a chair that was in the room
before he even arrived in Scotland. Like I mentioned, I
know this because I spent hours preparing the room and I
saw that it was the same chair. It was an old antique chair
with a slightly odd shape. Last, they put on the gag, with
a plastic tie to reinforce the knot. (The heavy plastic
ties were from new packaging, opened for the first time
at the seance). The medium was now secure to the satisifaction
of any healthy skeptic, I’m sure. The cabinent curtains
were then closed.
Next, the red light was turned on. Like I mentioned, I
was sitting next to the circle leader, so I knew about his
presence at all times. We were required to hold hands when
spirit materialized, so he never moved other than to place
the trumpets on the floor for Timothy, which he said aloud
when doing so.
Please remember, I am one seat away from the cabinent
during the seance, so I heard and was aware of everything
at a close proximaty. The red light was turned off, and
so it begins...
Words of love and positive intent were spoken, and then
the mediums circle leader put on music, explaining that
it would relax us and would also help create the positive
emotion and conditions necessary for spirit to join us.
After I believe three songs, a deep reasonating voice came
from the cabinent. The voice identified himself as William
Caldwell, David’s friend in the world of spirit. We
were then asked to all hold hands. Next, we hear a “whoosh”
sound. And then this voice had a body.
William clapped his hands and stomped his feet. He then
spoke and answered questions as he walked around the room.
As he came near me, I felt the floor depress a little. This
man was fully materialized and in that room, I promise you.
One incident sticks out in my mind in regards to William.
There was a young man from the Netherlands who I spent time
with prior to the seance. His name is TappaJohn, and he,
like most of the other individuals I spoke to, had never
met David Thompson. During a question and answer session
with William, TappaJohn asked what might happen in the year
2012. Without missing a beat, William walked up to him and
said something like “It is very nice to meet you,
TappaJohn”. Now, in the pitch blackness, I couldn’t
recognize TappaJohns voice, though I spent some of the day
with him and others. But William knew his name in the dark.
This was amazing to witness.
Timothy, a little boy in spirit who helps control the
ectoplasm (I know this from the two David Thompson CD’s
I have listened to) took the trumpets and, in pitch black
darkness, touched many sitters gently with them to the rythmn
of a song. He also whirled them around in the air. Like
I mentioned earlier, it would be IMPOSSIBLE for anybody
to navigate the room in the pitched darkness. And I know
for a fact that there was no other apparatus in the room
for anyone to utilize, such as infrared glasses, etc. Timothy
also walked around showing us his little fingers on the
plaque. They were as real as our fingers are.
I would also like any healthy skeptic to be aware of another
factor. There were only forty or so in the room, who each
paid an extremely modest fee which went to the coordinators
in an effort to arrange this. If major money was to be made
and was the driving force behind this, a room with hundreds
of people could have easily been arranged, possibly even
a stadium. I am trying to convey the fact that what was
happening was indeed the truth and complete evidence of
life after life. Financial gain was obviously not a motive.
There were many voices of both men and women who came
through. Some sitters were crying and extremely emotional.
The information they gave, including names of relatives
and other extremely private details, were 100% accurate.
I know this because I knew one sitter who heard from a relative.
I met her two days prior, and talked and conversed with
her in another venue entirely, and I am completely sure
that she never met the medium. I didn’t recognize
her voice in the dark, and when she told me after the seance
that she was one who had heard from a relative, I was both
surprised and happy for her. Think about this: how could
these relatives come through (both male and female voices
in different accents), know names and facts of the sitters,
reach them in complete darkness, and touch them gently on
the face or hands without a mistaken touch? I couldn’t
even see my hand 1/2” from my face (I tried). I promise
whoever is reading this that this is 100 % true.
In the middle of the seance, we were told it was ok to
turn on the red light and for the two individuals to check
out the medium in the cabinent. They confirmed that his
binds were still intact, and we all saw him in there. Please
remember, being so close, I would hear any type of noise
coming from the cabinent if anything funny was going on.
I NEVER heard a thing. And like I mentioned, I was holding
the circle leaders hand much of the time as requested, and
I knew he was there even when we weren’t required
to hold hands as when I shifted my weight in my seat slightly,
I accidentally rubbed against his arm or shoulder.
Others that materialized, besides relatives of sitters,
were well known. Thomas Edison had a conversation with another
couple who I met and spent time with. This couple is heavily
into EVT, or capturing spirit voice on tape. They had questions,
and apparently spirit knew this and Mr. Edison came through.
They spoke about very technical information and received
some incredible answers according to these sitters, with
whom I had dinner with that evening. Quite amazing.
The serious part of the evening came when Maurice Barbanell,
an individual apparently heavily into this sort of thing
before passing over, informed us that Silver Birch, a highly
evolved spiritual being, was to come through. We were told
that Silver Birch never had plans to come to the earth plane
again, but he felt it was necessary now to do so. (I honestly
never heard of Maurice Barbanell before this, and knew very
little of Silver Birch.) Let me tell you, when Silver Birch
came into the room, the cabinent shook, I mean shook. I
wasn’t sure if the cabinent would stay together the
noise was so powerful. I could feel the emotion of the room
become serious, and I remember that my palms were sweating.
Now, we heard footsteps and he started to speak. I quite
honestly remember him saying that we must be a beacon of
light to spread this truth that death does not exist. One
moment that I also remember quite clearly was when he stopped
in front of me while talking, he touched my face. I felt
quite humbled, as even though I didn’t know much about
Silver Birch, his prescence was something that I will never
forget. I am in the process of learning more about him.
He passed more than 3,000 years ago and is an incredibly
highly evolved spirit. I cannot describe in words what this
was like to experience.
Next, Louie Armstrong came through, and with his unique
voice, sang to his tune “Wonderful World” along
with his recording. Then he played the harmonica while stomping
The last phenoma I saw was incredible. William told us
that he was going to levitate David out of the cabinent
and bring him out of trance. The red light was switched
on, and David was still in the cabinent with his binds sitting
on the chair. The snips that were being held by the gentleman
next to me (who searched the medium prior to the seance)
were requested, and the plastic tie was cut and the gag
removed. The red light was then switched off. We all sang
a song along with a recording. Once the song was over, there
was silence. We heard to curtains open, and then soon heard
the mediums voice high above us. We also heard William’s
voice as they conversed. Now, I have personally held up
chairs at weddings, and not only is it difficult to balance
the chair with somebody on it for just a few moments, it
requires four people to accomplish this. David was in the
air for at least two minutes. We heard no footsteps on the
floor, but yet the voices still came from above. I don’t
think that William was materialized at this point, but probably
spoke through a voice box created by spirit that I have
read so much about.
We then heard the chair come to the ground. The red light
was then turned on, and there we saw the medium about 10
feet away from the cabinent, all binds verified to be intact.
If you remember, I described the fact that each of the buttons
on the mediums sweater were secured with the heavy plastic
tie downs. Well, his sweater was now reversed, with the
buttons to the back, and the plastic tie downs still in
place. This meant that matter went through matter. 100%
The entire evening was literally miraculous. I know that
I will never forget it, and I am sure that nobody in that
room will either.
If you the reader have never experienced physical mediumship,
I strongly suggest that you do. It is life-changing.
As for the message the Silver Birch gave, I believe we
must listen. There is proof that we don’t die everywhere.
There are books filled with information about this. Physical
mediums of the past such as Leslie Flint & John Sloan
have both been documented in many different ways, both in
books of first hand accounts and actual recordings (recordings
of Leslie Flint are available through Zerdin, as well as
recordings of David Thompson, and I really encourage you
to give them a listen). Of course, here in America, mental
mediums John Edward & James Van Praagh (among others)
have had television shows and have written books.
I want to encourage anybody reading this to support Zerdin
and all that they are doing. In this material world, many
if not most of us, are tainted by an “agenda attached
to an offering”. I promise you, with all sincerity
that could be described in words, that Zerdin works in pure
honesty and commitment to bring relief to the masses who
miss a loved one who passed over. And we need to help them,
to plant at least a seed of this real truth that we don’t
die. Many that you speak to will be relieved in some capacity
instantly, while others might dismiss it now, but remember
what you said years from now when they might need it. I
find that those who I speak to want to believe, but need
the knowledge and information that Zerdin can provide. Zerdin
has access to the most gifted physical and mental mediums
known on the planet. And Zerdin is run by wonderful people
who tiresly work to show and prove to the masses that life
I believe, when you support Zerdin, you are directly supporting
spirit and the message they NEED to get across. And if you
think about it, those in spirit are already there, this
is for our sake. So this cause is really supporting all
of us. And I think that you would agree that this planet
needs this information. I promise you, I am not tied into
Zerdin in any way. I am not a board member nor do I have
any affiliation other than my belief of how important this
all is. That is the common bond that I sincerely hope we
all establish, whether it’s referring people, purchasing
past Zerdin publications or purchasing CD’s., etc.
(The fee’s are extrememly reasonable, one night out
for dinner will pay for a years membership). We can sincerely
make a difference in this world.
If I could sign a document that that, if I was lying or
even embellishing what I witnessed as I have explained to
you, the consequences to any untruth would put me in a cruel
jail without ever seeing my family again, I would sign it
without breaking a sweat. I have heard and felt 100% undeniable
proof. Let’s tell everybody and let the healing begin.
Thank you for your time to read this article.