REPLY TO A PERSONAL ATTACK
PSYCHIC WORLD ARTICLE Oct. 08
In the October issue of PW, there was a most unfair, unreasonable,
uninformed and dirty attack which contained defamatory imputations
against materialization medium David Thompson, against the
professionalism of the Circle of the Silver Cord members
and against me by some non-entity Simon F who I never met
or have known everin my life.
by Simon was argued at extremely inferior and amateurish
level and also contained numerous lies.
advised this Simon F. to go to a lawyer to formalize his
objections and for his lawyer to submit the objections to
me in a proper acceptable way. Although I don't think a
lawyer is going to take him seriously. But being some kind
of a driver, this Simon shows he:
fails to understand he's dealing with technical concepts
which are above his head,
not understand what is a qualified statement,
no idea what technically constitutes admissible evidence,
he is unreasonable and extremely rigid in sticking to
his fundamentallay erroneous premises,
not understand about keeping variables constant when making
he does not know what is the difference between objectivity
he does not or cannot comprehend the complex higher learning
at University level as to Scientific Method and the admissibility
of technical evidence,
shows he is extremely jealous of those who are established
professionals and making a global contribution.
what he is shows that certain professional knowledge is
above his head and he knows he's out of his league when
trying to take on highly established professionals in Law,
Psychology and in the higher levels of law enforcement agencies.
information about about this 'DICK' received from various
sources in England is that he is not a professional, not
an author, definitely not any authority on anything - perhaps
some kind of a driver by occupation (there's nothing wrong
in that in itself as far as being a driver is concerned)
and someone who has not made a contribution to Spiritualism.
just deal with couple of issues to illustrate why Simon
needs to go a see a lawyer to be advised on all relevant
a) he stated words to the effect, "that
being a police officer or in intelligence (for twenty years)
or being a professional Psychologist or a Lawyer - have
nothing to do with investigating seances "
the reader's response would be that this guy Simon does
not have the brainpower to understand the relevance of police
officers and intelligence agents having professionals experience
in fraud detection. Or that a professional Psychologist's
vast experience in Scientific Method has nothing to do with
understanding what technical variables are to be controlled
in any investigation and experiments. Nor does this manual
worker understand why a professional's understanding of
what is admissible evidence in a seance is relevant when
proving the afterlife.
stated that the Circle of the Silver Cord (SOSC) does NOT
give guarantees as to who comes through. We put the taped
evidence on the net and we let people judge for themselves
about the messages from the afterlife. Nor
just two emails informing me that someone is attacking my
credibility as an investigator – I looked up the URL
they sent and yes, some misguided anti-materialization 'spiritualist'
is going off his head.
DICK has lied, he has maligned and has been malicious simply
because he is hugely envious of those who are making a contribution
in this world - that's what the record shows. I can't think
of anything else why this guy is so scurrilous - I never
met, nor did I hear of him before in my life!
is very peculiar is the attacker – let’s call
him 'Simon Dick’ - I will not fall for his trick to
exploit the issue and give him free publicity by using his
real name- that's partly his motivation for attacking established
professionals. I was informed from England that this Simon
Dick is full of tricks.
This 'Dick' did not have the courage to send me the scurrilous
article BEFORE attacking me. It is irrelevant when the attacker
claims to have sent me a copy AFTER publishing it.
I was informed that this 'Dick's attack on me is not genuine
- it is a trick - it is an attempt to poach readers from
my and other established websites because of 'Dick's' rapidly
sagging support. This is an old con trick to gain notoriety
by attacking those who are established, have credibility
and have value.
unqualified and uninformed 'Dick' misleads the reader by
trying to make himself come across as a **smartass expert
litigation lawyer and to come across as an expert in scientific
method. I was informed the attacker is neither. He is reportedly
a failed small-time publisher; a non-entity trying to bolster
up a flagging readership before his last few readers abandon
him altogether. He sends the dirty article to others with
an established readership hoping to steal some of their
readers too– tricky but not nice.
use words to accurately describe people – and when
I called Simon a ‘smartass’, that is exactly
how I would describe him for his colossal willful omission
regarding the way we truly see the evidence in materializations.
The main thrust
of his complaint is that Alan Crossley did not materialize
for the Circle of the Silver Cord. But, we notice very carefully,
this complainant, 'Dick' acknowledges that voices were recorded.
This means that the Circle produced evidence that some entity
Why would people accept that it was Alan Crossley
who came through?
Firstly, the entity himself claimed to be Alan Crossley.
That was noted with great care.
Secondly a member
of Stewart Alexander's Circle who claimed to have been a
very close friend of Alan and heard Alan says he felt the
contact was genuine "His voice on hearing it sounded
like his earthly one ..."
were two important witnesses at the seance who stated the
contact was genuine. They were the reason why Alan Crossley
materialized. What we did not reveal to the world before
– only to a few people - is that at the materializations
session, the grandson of Helen Duncan, David Duncan, was
there present with us. That is the reason that Alan Crossley
and Helen Duncan and Helen Duncan's guide Albert all materialized.
Duncan’s attestation can be read on the Circle of
the Silver Cord website. He writes:
" I will not go into much more detail as although there
were others present, what was said to me was of a personal
nature. Needless to say I have no doubt whatsoever
that this was indeed my Grandmother –
known throughout the world as one of the greatest and best
known physical mediums, that gave her life, so that we might
practice these natural gifts given to us without
fear or malice.”
was Christine Morgan of the Spiritualist Sanctuary Perth
whose attestation can be read on the Circle of the Silver
Cord website. Christine’s father was a friend of Alan
Crossley. She writes:
" Alan Crossley a great physical mediumship researcher
and a friend of my father's also came through that evening,
he greeted me personally, spoke about my dad several times,
and shook my hand, felt my face and stroked my hair, this
causing me to be very moved."
The members of
the Circle of the Silver Cord do not particularly care
who comes through. They do not ask who they want to materialize
– that is left up to William at his own absolute discretion.
The medium offers the spirits the ectoplasm to materialize.
They can call themselves whoever they like.
For myself whether or not the spirits are who they say they
are, is not all that important. But I go on the totality
of the evidence.
The fact is that we have definitive evidence of spirit activity
and we at least have the spirit voices as hard core substantive
evidence of their materializations. And the previous mentioned
tape voice correlations I made show at least there is a
prima facie case made out that the voices are all
different and different from David Thompson's.
is most unfair about 'Dick’s' article is the lie that
the ONLY evidence the Circle has produced of the afterlife
is voices in the dark.
Anyone who seriously read reports by myself, Montague Keen,
the Zerdin Phenomenal Magazine, the Circle website would
know that we have had:
levitations sometimes with David speaking from up near the
* matter through matter demonstrations
* the sound of materialization and de-materialization
* extended trumpet phenomena
* musical instruments played high up near the ceiling
* the medium's gag being dematerialized and rematerialized
* curtains opened and closed by materialized hands
* large hands and small fingers visible in the light of
a luminous plaque
* apport phenomena
* verified signatures of spirit guests written on paper
* ectoplasm seen and photographed in red light
* materialized guests shaking hands with sitters who were
able to feel the size of their hands
* the sound of materialized feet walking across the floor
and in some cases the feel of them treading on toes
* lots of touch of materialized adults, children and at
least two dogs.
* several spirit voices - and David Thompson's voice - being
heard AT THE SAME TIME conversing to each other.
* William and David counting simultaneously
most telling of all, the Circle has had more than 90 people
reunited with loved ones whom they identified as giving
them evidence of their identity and up to date involvement
in their lives.
It has to be noted that the Circle only puts a small proportion
of the taped evidence on the internet.
In addition many of the people sitting with the Circle are
mental mediums themselves and have received cross-validation
before during and after sittings.
twelve months I challenged any skeptic around the world-
especially those in the U.S., UK, Australia, Italy, Germany,
Sweden and Denmark - for half a million dollars to show
that the evidence the Circle was getting was not produced
by genuine physical mediumship.
HAS NO ONE BEATEN MY MATERIALIZASTION $500,000 OFFER?
This is because
the Circle of the Silver Cord (COSC) has
the most professional team in the history of materializations.
The COSC has professionally qualified and highly experienced
experts in 'fraud detection' - (ex-intelligence and police
officers), has a professionally qualified psychologist with
expertise in Scientific Method and there is expertise in
the 'legal admissibility of evidence'. To my knowledge there
been at any time in history a non-religious clinical materialization
Circle which has so many professionals with relevant professional
expertise and extensive relevant experience - more than
fifteen months of regular weekly materializations. Can the
reader now understand the huge jealousy and envy by those
losers and failures who are anti-materializations of this
world and why they try to attack us? And why no materialist
closed minded skeptic or anybody else will not take me on?
the hard core materialist skeptics knowing that some of
the Circle members are professional empiricists and at all
times and operate with due diligence, would not dare challenge
the evidence produced every week – they knew they’d
get their fingers burnt and lose half a million dollars
themselves when they failed.
that any reader who has been misled by Dick’s attacks
read the testimony of witnesses who were actually present
at one of David’s séances and make up their
Ken Pretty's audio testimony http://www.victorzammit.com/audio/kenpretty29.10.06.mp3
Camilla Persson's audio testimony http://www.victorzammit.com/audio/camillaperson15.10.06.mp3
Dr Ken S. audio testimony
Wendy Phillips' written report http://www.victorzammit.com/articlesdavid/wendyphillipsreport.htm
Karen Ellis' written report
Violet Eccles written report
Victor Zammit's video testimony
are the main issues raised by the uninformed complainant
1# that the standard of David Thompson's mediumship
is not up to that of physical mediums of the past.
Victor: Montague Keen, when he first investigated
David Thompson, stated that the controls on David were far
in excess of those used on famous mediums Eva C or Jack
To my knowledge,
David Thompson is the only materialization medium to allow
independent highly qualified investigators to investigate
his materialization mediumship every week for over fifteen
I always stated
that we all want to have the best evidence, but we have
to deal with what we get. The suggested alternative by ‘Dick’
– is to slam the door shut on those from the other
side who are trying to do their best to communicate with
us given the restricted circumstances.
We here are in no position to unilaterally demand how we
want things done from the other side– they have limitations
themselves. The way the Circle of the Silver Cord does it
is to have patience, lots of patience when the other side
says they are working very hard to improve conditions. I
never ever stated that we have the ideal physical conditions
– and repeated there is always room for improvement.
In fact, precedent has it that at least one other well known
medium in England had to wait seven years to get any
The Circle has had one year and three months of experimentation.
And we are so thankful for the hitherto brilliant results
we attained particularly in public séances so far.
And given the state of the world and the urgent need for
any confirmation of the existence of an afterlife it would
be highly irresponsible and professionally negligent to
suggest that we should keep quiet about the evidence we
have been getting until we have the "absolute proof".
Positive feedback confirms that too many people have repeatedly
2# that Victor gives weekly reports on David
Thompson and alleged communications from Houdini, Conan
Doyle and Winston Churchill.
Victor: two serious errors that show 'Dick'
to be a very sloppy, negligent investigator: first, I have
done just a couple of updates on the seances in the last
FIVE months – NOT weekly as I used to.
Secondly, I have
never ever mentioned Churchill in my weekly reports. Wake
3# that Victor's investigative methodology and
qualifications are questionable.
Victor: In the two years – which
includes some fifteen months of weekly careful investigations
of David Thompson’s materializations, 'Dick' or his
friends never at any time ever complained about my scientific
methodology. If this Dick were truly concerned, he would
have responded to my call for anyone to show which potential
intervening variables I was not controlling. Whilst other
scientists and empiricists totally agreed with my methodology,
no skeptic, no debunker, no scientist and certainly no 'Dick'
ever stated WHERE, WHEN, HOW and WHY the scientific methodology
I was using was not correct.
3# that Victor's description of himself as a
writer and researcher on the empirical evidence for the
afterlife is ambiguous.
Victor: What is so ambiguous about ‘empirical’?
For the informed, it is very easy to understand. ‘Empirical’
at university level relates to any experiment which strictly
adheres to scientific method. It would be fundamentally
wrong to have an a priori ‘theory or system’
– you have a hypothesis to test and only scientific
method to work with. 'Dick' shows he is a layperson erroneously
relying on dictionary definitions and a misplaced ego!.
4.# Since David Thompson's phenomena are produced
in the dark the primary sense being relied on is hearing
and thus the evidence is not empirical because it is not
observable by the senses.
Victor: Here is a critical issue by someone
who appears to use dictionary definitions as distinct what
is professionally taught at universities. By analogy, if
'Dick’s' mother was physically alive and was in total
darkness and had two minutes to talk to this 'Dick' –
can he say, “no it’s not my mother because I
cannot see her?” Even though she would be sitting
next to him?
also bring with them a distinctive smell. In the case of
the entity which claimed it was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
there was physical contact with him. Just because one or
two of the senses are absent does not mean the experiment
would not be valid. In scientific method everything –
all intervening variables are noted with due care. I have
been stating that repeatability, objectivity and empiricism
is what we have: a formula is followed, it is repeated over
space and time, keeping variables constant and we get the
same results, i.e. materializations. And 'Dick' can misinterpret,
lie, cheat till he’s blue in the face, he’s
not going to change that, ever.
5#. Victor is basing his assumptions purely
upon a voice in the dark which claims to be Houdini or Conan
Doyle and this is ridiculous and unscientific.
Victor: Here this 'Dick' shows how ‘ridiculous’
he himself is – and shows his real malicious intent
to denigrate by trying to come across as all-knowing about
evidence. Why? I am basing my conclusions on the
totality of what I have observed and experienced and the
credibility of the witnesses I interviewed. All
extraneous variables are immediately relevant: voices, peculiar
smells (one observer, Camilla, a guest from Sweden, reported
smelling tobacco when Conan Doyle went near her) –
and all known idiosyncrasies. And 'Dick' omitted to state
what I stated many times over the last two years: that while
spirits are definitely coming through, we are not in a position
to ‘guarantee’ that those who come through are
who they claim to be. Again, back to 'Dick’s' mum
in darkness: he can say yes, it is his mother without doubt,
but he would never be able to use science to show that she
is who she claims to be.
6# Victor should know that only relevant evidence
is admissible and then goes on to try to lecture me on the
rules of evidence.
Victor: So, here we go again, this 'Dick'
is trying to play the expert litigation lawyer – citing
legal dictionary definitions. Of course, I’m not here
to educate this uninformed 'Dick', but to show that he is
fundamentally wrong. Is the fact that voices are produced
not relevant? Are the messages we get from loved ones not
7# The recordings of the alleged spirits do
not prove or disprove anything.
My wife and I witnessed more than forty reunions –
loved ones from the otherside with their loved ones sitting
in the séance room.
- I heard people
crying in the séance room when they were told things
that only they could know.
- I heard my
own wife’s father coming through and relating information
no one on earth knew about except my wife – and
- handing her
a piece of paper with his confirmed signature.
- I heard Gordon
Higginson correcting Ken Pretty in New Zealand about where
in fact they met last time when they were in England.
- I also witnessed
other stunning evidence that could not have been concocted
by anyone. Is this 'Dick' trying to negate all this by
his stupid uninformed conclusions?
8.# 'Dick' attempts to lecture on scientific
Here again this uninformed Dick is misleading the reader.
It is NOT correct to state that scientific method is
the process by which scientists … There are lawyer-empiricists
– as I am - who are NOT scientists but have a major
in Scientific Method at university as an adjunct to a major
in Psychology. So when this uninformed Dick tries to mislead
the reader, the onus is on this Dick to tell us what’s
his authority for that. Failing that, this Dick shows he’s
making it up. Don’t waste our precious time, DICK!
9.# That I have not produced any evidence for
materialization having taken place.
'Dick' does not put his money where his mouth is. I offered
$500,000 to anyone, including this 'Dick', to show that
what we are doing, producing objective, repeatable evidence
is not valid. But one condition was that if the challenger
failed, he would have to hand over $500,000 to us. Yet of
the vehemently negative critics, not even this vociferous
'Dick', had the testes, the courage, the motivation, the
stomach to take us on. If he were definitively sure, he
would have made a quick half a million dollars. But, this
uninformed negative Spiritualist showed that he KNOWS that
we are producing hard core objective and repeatable evidence.
Put up or shut up 'Dick'!
10. # The voice of Alan Crossley was different
from his voice while alive.
Here, 'Dick' continues to go from bad to worse – he
shows more ignorance of basic materialization. The voice
in materializations will sometimes sound different to voices
when the person was alive, particularly for an inexperienced
communicator. Each visitor from the afterlife has different
skills in vocalizing. Gordon Higginson comes across clear
as crystal but some others sometimes try to speak but with
no clear articulation. Some spirits try to vocalize but
abandon the attempt. Some take energy from other entities
in the Circle on the spirit-side. I am on record for stating
in the past that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle bitterly complained
that speaking during materialization is 'like speaking
with your head underwater.' So the professional empiricist
will not use the voice as the sole criterion – there
are other critical relevant empirical issues to take into
account. But 'Dick' has not experienced even one materialization
with David Thompson.
The whole of this 'Dick’s' article is highly venomous,
vile and scurrilous and full of lies. It is a personal attack
The Circle of
the Silver Cord is not interested in debating the evidence-
they put it out there honestly and in good faith to assist
people who are searching and to encourage those who are
genuine to find their own evidence.
Sure we would all like to return to days of Helen Duncan
and Alex Harris but writing negative uniformed attacks full
of venom and malice is not helping that to happen –
in fact this 'Dick' is exacerbating the huge problem in
Spiritualism – bitter division.
It is malicious
conduct in the extreme and surely as most of us know 'Dick'
or whatever his name is, one day you will pay the price
for your willful venom and for disseminating darkness, guaranteed!
20th May 2008
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