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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.
Below on the left is transfiguration medium
Jean Skinner as she normally is. On the right is a spirit
face transfigured over hers.
Tom and Lisa Butler give this account of a sitting with
Jean Skinner in their book There
is No Death and There are no Dead pp.176-178
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 how one witness descibed a transfiguration session
with the famous tranfiguration medium 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."
Dianne Elliott is a tranfiguration medium who demonstrates
in England at Middleton. On the left
(below) is Dianne
Elliot as she normally is. On the right with the face
of a spirit over hers.
Sometimes the whole body of a tranfiguration
medium in deep trance appears to change, becoming measurably
taller or shorter.
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