Image from page 44 of "Mysterious psychic forces; an account of the author's investigations in psychical research, together with those of other European savants" (1907)
Authors: Flammarion, Camille, 1842-1925
Publisher: Boston, Small, Maynard and company
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, with one, two,three, or four strokes or raps. The raps are heard in thetable, and you feel the vibrations at the same time that youhear them,— sharp blows which make you think of electricshocks. It is superfluous to state that the feet of the me-dium do not touch those of the table, but are kept at a dis-tance from them. The medium next places her hands with ours upon thetable, and the taps heard in the table are stronger than inthe preceding case. These taps audible in the table, this typtology well The medium has her two feet wholly under my right foot, while atthe same time her knees are under my right hand. Her hands areupon the table grasped by my left hand and by that of the othercritical observer or control (controleur), who has just placed acushion before her to shield her very sensitive eyes from the flash ofthe magnesium light, and thus save her from a disagreeable nervousattack. These photographs, taken rapidly by magnesium light, are not per-fect, but they are records.
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Plate I. Complete Levitation of a Table in ProfessorFlammarions Salon through Mediumship OF EUSAPIA PALADINO. UNKNOWN ISTATUKAL FORCES 9 known to Spiritualists, have been frequently attributedto some kind of trickery or another, to a crackingmuscle or to various actions of the medium. Afterthe comparative study I have made of these specialoccurrences I believe I am right in affirming that this factalso is not less certain than the first. Eappings, as is wellknown, are obtained in all kinds of rhythms, and responsesto all questions are obtained through simple conventions,by which it is agreed, for instance, that three taps shallmean yes and two mean no, and that, while the let-ters of the alphabet are being read, words can be dictated bytaps made as each letter is named. 3. During our experiments, while we four persons areseated around a table asking for a communication whichdoes not arrive, an arm-chair, placed about twenty-fourinches from the mediums foot (upon which I have placedmy
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