I attended a second seance with physical
medium David Thompson on April 18th. Compared to his home
sittings in Sydney this was a big event with nearly 40 people
The beginning went as always, two randomly chosen sitters
checked David's bindings on his arms and legs. Upon being
convinced the medium is perfectly tightly bound to the chair,
the lights were sent out and music set in. Before this happened
I had a strong feeling the humming and singing of 40 people
will have a much greater effect on materialisations than
that of 10. And, unsurprisingly, I was not mistaken.
After approximately 4 songs William, David's spirit guide,
took up the drum sticks from
the table in the middle of the room
and clicked with them in time to the
music. After this nice little performance he welcomed us
and, a bit surprising to me, started
running around the room stamping with his feet to show us
he has fully materialised. Judging from the sound of the
stamps I could tell he was wearing quite heavy boots.
William then encouraged the sitters to ask him questions
about just anything. At that point I remembered a comment
by a former sitter who said William's intonation and dialect
very much sound like people from 150 years ago might have
spoken in the United Kingdom. This fits William's account,
according to which he is a 19th century man who died in
After he had answered a couple of questions I decided to
speak up. I only called his name and the next moment he
recognized my face and we shook hands quite gently. I should
mention here that I attended a seance at David's house in
Sydney and so already had the pleasure to get to know William.
His happy reaction to my repeated attendance made the group
laugh, which was good for increasing our vibrations to help
David produce more ectoplasm and, of course, more materialisations.
The next person coming through was the grandfather of an
older man. The spirit was obviously unexperienced in working
with ectoplasm and only managed to get out a couple of German
words and sentences, including his grandson's name. Though,
as a German myself, I can attest the spirit was a native
Quentin Crisp was the next to manifest. After his usual
joking we experienced a rare event in the history of contemporary
physical mediumship. He actually
took a girl by the hands and led her around the room. He
even allowed her to feel his chest and his face, which she
said was "a bit stubbly".
The dangerous aspect of this act was that if the girl had
decided to embrace Quentin's full body and, for example,
pull him, he would be forced to dematerialise too quickly
and the speed of the retreating ectoplasm could harm David's
body severly. This happened to mediums in the past often
resulting in their death.
After a singing and harmonica performance of Louis Armstrong
and the appearance of Tim, a young boy, who is responsible
for the amazing trumpet phenomena at David's seances, a
woman materialised and explained to us she is in charge
of all the children in the afterlife (as far as I know you
can age on the other side if you wish, but despite newly
arrived children seem to need care).
The following scene was actually a quite
emotional reunion of a grieving mother and her son, who
crossed over at 29. I sat pretty close to her and could
hear the alien sound of flowing ectoplasm. The next second
her son spoke close to her face and
again the words were fluent German with a Swiss intonation.
For me personally this very moment so far has been the most
evidential in my experience with physical mediumship, as
I could clearly hear the voice of a young man who said to
his mother that he loves her and kissed her face.
Then William returned to conclude the evening with another
rare physical phenomenon. After about four songs the lights
went back on and, to the astonishment of all, the
cabinet was suddenly standing in the middle of the room.
During the levitation process I could feel the increased
heat on my skin, which was quickly getting lower after the
lights were on again.