1874 – 1926 VOICE OF HOUDINI
are some reasons why Houdini’s voice (celebrities’
and others’ voices) may sound different to when they
were alive. One has to understand that spirit communication
is enormously complex- it’s not like picking up a
In the afterlife, those who materialize do not speak through
their own voice box; they no longer have any vocal organs.
They have to use either the medium’s vocal cords coated
with ectoplasm or an ‘ectoplasmic’ voice box
(modelled on the mediums’ voice box) which is shared
by a number of spirits. Because they are using the medium’s
life force there will be traces of the medium’s voice
in all the voices.
2. The voices of the same spirit will sound
different at different times depending on the amount of
energy in the séance room. The energy level in materializations
vary according to a number of things – eg a a doubting,
semi-skeptic could reduce the energy level.
In the spirit world people communicate telepathically
and they have to remember how they spoke when they were
on earth- sometimes many years before.
Those who are new to communicating usually have a lot of
difficulty saying even one word. Some just manage a few
garbled sounds. We were informed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
a friend of Houdini in the afterlife, that speaking during
materialization “is like trying to speak with your
head under water.”
5. We cannot assume that they can hear
auditory feedback. They keep asking “am I coming through”
and “can you hear me?”.
William, David’s own guide from the afterlife, tells
us that sometimes those who materialize obtain help in vocalising
from others. This means that those others who assist in
vocalizing would inevitably influence the pace, rhythm,
tonality, resonance – even the accent. When Houdini
first came through he had problems vocalizing. William told
us that Louis Armstrong, a regular guest in David Thompson’s
materializations was helping Houdini to vocalize –
hence the Southern influence in Houdini’s voice.
We found that the voices of some who materialized are closer
to their original voice than others– especially those
who were physical mediums. British afterlife experts such
as Arthur Findlay, Montague Keen and master-medium Gordon
Higginson materialized using a voice very close to the voice
they had when on earth. Louis Armstrong’s voice is
unmistakably the same as he had when on earth. (More about
these voices later on). So is the voice of stage entertainer
Quentin Crisp (a movie was made on him The Civil Servant’).
The best voice we have – of Gordon Higginson got a
correlation of ‘1’ he had perfect resonance,
pitch, accent and pace – when we matched his voice
years ago when we were doing voice correlations.
The only way you can tell 100% that people who
come through are who they claim to be in through reunions
in which the speaker is recognised by a loved one attending
the session. My own sister came through with her own voice,
personality and mannerisms. So did Wendy’s father
more than thirty years in the afterlife. What counts is
the specific shared memories. I have witnessed over 200
materializations and over 100 reunions in David Thompson’s
circle. When a circle has a track record of such reunions
as David Thompson’s circle does, it gives credibility
for the spirit team organising the circle.
I asked ‘William’, the spirit convenor of the
circle, if he can assure us that those who come through
are who they claim to be. He assured us that they are. He
said it is the same as if we were organising a panel of
celebrities on our side.
Houdini in the audio tapes was confident enough to tell
us to match his voice “ You can always do one of your
voice correlations with my voice …”.
gives us some idea of the complexities involved and why
voices from the afterlife sometimes sound different. Louis
Armstrong says that one reason he comes through so frequently
is because he has mastered the communication process and
his voice is both unique and widely known.
celebrities in David’s team are dedicated to proving
to people that life goes on and removing the fear of death.
They say that they are working with David and William because
materialization mediums are very rare. We know of only three
others in the world who are publicly doing full materialization
– and reunions.