This is another type of physical mediumship.
The spirit helpers take ectoplasm from the body of the medium
and lay it a few centimeters in front on the medium's face
like a mask.
Spirits who wish to be seen press their
faces into the ectoplasm. Usually this takes place with
a low red light shining under the medium's chin, or in candle
light however some transfiguration mediums can demonstrate
Often many different faces will come one
after another- sometimes only seconds apart. Many people
recognise the face of a loved one during the display.
QUEENIE NIXON (c. 1918- 1989)
British transfiguration medium. Her psychic gifts manifested in childhood, when she grew up in the care of two aunts, both Spiritualist mediums. She spent 35 years as a medium, traveling widely in Europe, North America, and Australia. In addition to trance communications through her spirit guide "Paul," she manifested the rare phenomenon of transfiguration, when her features reportedly took on the appearance of deceased persons speaking through her.
These transfiguration demonstrations would sometimes last as long as three hours, with various personalities manifesting. In 1967, infrared photographs captured a record of such appearances, including what appeared to be clouds of ectoplasm around her face. Two newspapers accused her of fraud, but the reporters in each incident had neither interviewed her nor attended her séances. She died at the age of 71, following several heart attacks (source: Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology)
Here is how one witness descibed a transfiguration session
with Queenie Nixon:
in deep trance, one could watch her face altering in shape,
age and sex...In every case the new face appearing upon
Queenie Nixon was recognized by someone in the audience,
at which stage the spirit person would then commence talking
to that relative and some of these two way conversations
went on for 10-12 minutes...One of the most amazing of the
above described was the appearance of the "dead"
mother of a French born woman who lived in Perth...not only
did the dead mother speak to Monique in French, she used
a dialect peculiar to a district 30 miles south of Paris."
A lot of her seances and some demonstrations
reportedly went on for up to three hours at a time with
many loved ones in the Spirit World coming through one after
Here is a testimonial from Barbara-Ann Winter.
"In the month of October 1974 I very reluctantly with
friends went to Swindon Spiritualist church and Healing
Sanctuary to see a medium by the name of Queenie Nixon.
Not being told what to expect I was absolutely bored out
of my mind, I looked at my husband who was ‘snoozing’
and then looked and realised that Queenie Nixon was no longer
there. In her place was a very large obese man with ginger
hair who was chuckling and laughing out so loud. .
Many different spirits came through but,
I didn’t see them all and accepted what the people
was saying afterwards as I had my evidence too.
I wasn’t to know that Queenie Nixon
was so well known up and down this country (England) also,
abroad too. Such a little petite woman who transfigured
into a Zulu warrior and transfigured many times, her transfigurations
was simply amazing."
Jean Skinner was a spiritualist medium who had the rare gift of transfiguration in trance. This is a form of physical mediumship in which ectoplasm from the body of the medium forms immediately over the medium's face, like a mask.
In this interview, she described her career and insights. She did write a book called The Face Beyond the Face, which unfortunately is out of print - if anyone has a copy they want to sell, please let us know.
Below on the left is transfiguration medium
Jean Skinner as she normally is. On the right is a spirit
face transfigured over hers.
Usually the faces just show themselves
and do not speak however sometimes the medium goes into
deep trance and the spirits are able to create a voicebox
out of ectoplasm and speak.
Here is another testimonial by
Rev John Lilek. (died 2015
Rev John was a teacher and healer through the Universal Spiritualist Association ordained in 1992. He was the student of regarded Transfiguration and Materialization medium, Rev James Tingley. He was the co-pastor of the Temple of Love & Light Spiritualist Church, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In her book: Mediumship, Scrying & Transfiguration, Diana Palm describes one of the last seances John gave before his passing, where not only did remarkable transfiguration occur, but so did spirit lights, the dematerialization of a spirit trumpet, trance speaking AND direct voice phenomena occurred, where Chesterfield medium, Mabel Riffle came to speak with the sitters.
DIANNE ELLIOTT (1948- 2013)
Dianne Elliott was a tranfiguration medium who demonstrated
in England at Middleton. Usually in transfiguration the faces just show themselves and do not speak however sometimes a highly developed transfiguration medium goes into deep trance and the spirits are able to create a voicebox out of ectoplasm and speak, which Diane did. aROUND 2011, she gave a demonstration at the the college for Psychic studies in Edingburgh and at the Arthur Findlay College in at Standstead Hall.
On the left
(below) is Dianne
Elliot as she normally is. On the right with the face
of a spirit over hers.