Montag, 21. Mai 2012

THE PHANTOM SURGEON - OR MORE BRAZILIAN ECTOPLASM - FROM THE 50ies AND 60ies (Part 3 of the series)

Dear Reader, we like to present new photos from spiritualisms heartland Brazil!
We want to exhibit them as a historical artefact of ectoplasmic experimentation over the centuries and all around the world!

The Phantom-Surgeon and other Ectoplasmic Experimentation

Today the physicist Dr. Urbano Pereira describes  in his book "Spiritual Surgeries - More Photos of Ectoplasm" most extraordinary ongoings. He presents a photograph for example, showing a materialized Spirit Control doing an "appendix-surgery" on one of his patients. Additionally he presents more photos of the typical ectoplasmic features we find with many Brazilain Mediums at that time.
The Physical Mediums of Brazil are strictly spiritualistic oriented, raised in the tradition of Kardec, even though experimental ectoplasmic features and partial materializations were frequently exercised.
Pereira experimented further with the medium Bello and we show here all the photographic outcome!

Enjoy!

Picture 1: The Medium Francisco Ali Bello and Pereiras Patient shortly before the operation. The materialised spirit control "Dr. Luiz Gomes de Amaral" is exercising the surgery, the name of the patient was Andrew Di Bernardi. As far as the translation is correct, the operation was done in darkness and only the flashlight of Pereiras Camera illuminated the room once, when he caught one image of the surgery (following photos).  
Picture: Photo of the xray-plate showing the abdominal region of Mr. Andrew Di Bernardi, prior to the operation, the appendix is marked by a rectangle.
 Picture: The Phantom is doing the operation in darkness. The patient is traditionally not anaesthesized resp. anaesthesized by "spiritual" injections which are a classical artifact in psychic surgery.

Picture: Photographic Reproduction of the abdominal x-ray plates of Mr. Andrew Di Bernardi, after the Surgery, exercised in Darkness by the materialized "Dr. Luiz Gomes de Amaral". The appendix has gone!.

Picture 3: The Medium besides Pereiras patient after the Appendix Surgery! The Operation was succesful done by the Materialized Spirit Control. Dr. Pereira found that fact so intruiging that he named his book in regards to these ongoings.  

The Experimental Seances

Several Seances were organized and documented 1946 by Dr. Pereira with the Medium Bello. We present here for the first time all the photos that were published in his book on the internet!

 
 
 Picture(s): The Grammophon-discs that were melted during the Seance, shown in the next Picture.

  

Picture: Photo showing the process of 'enroling' or melting the grammophon discs as displayed in the previous photos. A relaxed string of ectoplasm is connected with the discs. Another cord is flowing from the mediums nose over his shoulder. During all the Sessions the arms and legs of the medium were bound together strictly by iron ring-like handcuffs.


 Picture: An object made of stone (unclear translation) was broken and re-installed during the Seance as well. The Author stresses, that no sign of the former broken state could be found, neither in the material itself, nor on the label....


Picture: Bello produced plaster casts as well. Here we see his main controls 'Father Zabeu's' cast of teeth. Under 'Father Zabeus' control all the ectoplasmic interaction took place, even the Full Materialization of 'Dr. Luiz Gomes de Amaral'. 

 
Picture: The dark cloth-like object on the mediums shoulder/chest may be a piece of black ectoplasm, that could be photographed only very rarely with mediums by now. Fact is, that such a sheet of cloth was neither prior, nor after the seance at the mediums body. The little record player on the knees of the medium was before the session closed and
positioned in another corner of the room.

 
 Picture: Photograph taken shortly after the closing of the session, when the lamps just had been switched on, showing the medium still in handcuffs.

Picture: Formation of ectoplasm on the face of the medium.
 Picture: Ectoplasmic Cords.
Picture: Ectoplasmic Strings linking the medium with an old grammophon disc.
 
Picture: Ectoplasmic cords linking the medium with the grammophon. Again the strands seem to be relaxed. Only onder certain conditions the small 'rods' can be shown in rigid state, when photographed with flash-light, like in the last photo!

Picture: Shortly after the trumpet was moved above the mediums head, it was photographed, resting on mediums face.



Picture: Finally a photo that shows an ectoplasmic rod in action, presenting a grammophon disc high above the mediums head, shortly before it was laid onto the grammophon.

Naturally these photos are attacked today by sceptics of all colour. Naturally they claim that the "phantom-surgeon" was the medium himself. How he managed to remove the infected appendix they don t claim to know though. As far as we know, Bello was never caught in a fraud.
We like to present them to you anyways, documenting the long history of ectoplasmic experimentation all around the world....!

MATERIALIZATIONS - The Testimony of a Police Detective

is the title of the small book the next photos were taken from. The medium is the famous 'Peixotinho'. The emphasis clearly laid on ectoplasmic materialization with face embeddings showing more or less clearly the  relatives and friends of present Sitters.
The Sessions were held 1953/1954 in Pedro Leopoldo in the home and spiritual center "Luis Gonzaga" of Brazils most famous psychic Chico Xavier.
8 photos have been published from the seances, when many spirits could be identified by the sitters.
One photo cannot be reproduced because the relatives of the materialised spirit, a young boy of 16, who was identified by several persons present and showed himself clearly in the ectoplasm, are still alive and don t want to be reminded to the mourning time. All the other photos taken and published we reproduce here!
Additionally interesting is, that Chico Xavier himself wrote down a personal not to every single photo.

Picture: In April 1953 this photo was taken. The medium lies on the bed like always during his materializations and within the pile of ectoplasm a person called "Camerino", obviously a well-known one to all present, materialized.

Picture: All upcoming photos are accompanied by a handwritten letter of Chico Xavier. The letters say more or less always the same. They simply confirm the witnessed materialization by all present, mention their names as well as gratifications to the spirit world. Sometimes a special Control Spirit is mentioned under whose control the materialization was exercised.

Picture: The Materialization of 'Ana', who lived and died away in Campos, in the State of Rio, photographed  in September 1953. Again a pile of ectoplasm contains the well visible facial feature. Present sitters identified the young woman beyond doubt. 



    Pictures: The last three photos show the outflow of ectoplasm in steps. On the first photo only small quantities are visible, leaving the facial orifices of the medium. In the second photo the quantity has increased, meanwhile in the third one it is phenomenal, displaying again facial features, this time of 'Pine', a known person to the sitters. According to the photographer Henry Ferraz Filho, the photos were shot in 30 Seconds intervals.

Picture: In the last Photograph a personal friend of Chico Xavier did materialize. Note the multiple strands of ectoplasm flowing from mediums mouth, nose and ears! The ectoplasmic pile seems to be built pretty complex again, embedding the strong facial features of Chicos female friend!

Naturally the photos are heavily criticized by sceptics of all colour today. But we should not forget how strange materialization phenomena can occur and Peixotinho was neither never caught in a fraudulent act after all. In the contrary! He is held in high esteem by all those who encountered their loved ones, looking in their faces, as if alive, being assured of their well being!

We will further on dig out portuguese publications and search for more rarely or never published ectoplasm photos for the internet. Until then we remain respectfully for all the light-workers of the past, that have built the road we Physical Mediums of the New Millenium are strolling on.

Love and Light

K.M.

SURVIVAL MESSAGES AND VISITORS WITHIN THE ECTOPLASM - Independent Report about a BPV-Sitting, May 2012, by Dr. M.M.



Pic: "The red light revealed the most complex structure of ectoplasm I have seen in sittings with the Felix Circle until today - this is the idealized drawing. Several times, I caught perfect glimpses of the entire scenario. I could clearly see a smiling face, the upper teeth shining white against the dark interior of the mouth. Lucius recognized Albert Hoffman in this face, but he couldn’t identify the first face. When he asked HB who the second face had been after the last display, HB replied that it had been himself." (click to enlarge)
Report of the séance Friday, 11.05.2012, from 8:00 until 10:15 p.m. 
(all photo adds and all captions by the Editor)

 Written between the 13.05. and the 16.05.2012 on the basis of notes taken in the hours after the sitting.

This sitting took place at the location of the Basler Psi-Verein in Basel. We were 18 sitters in the usual room on the first floor that is used for séances in Basel. Like during my last sitting in Basel about one year ago, Kai was only accompanied by one member of his home circle, but this time it was his fiancée Julia (last time, it was H. H.). She was operating the red light lamp, and opened and closed the cabinet curtain when required on its right side. Lucius Werthmüller operated the CD player and controlled the door, his partner Sabin opened the left side of the cabinet, and their son Pablo operated the fan. Most of the other sitters were Swiss and had already visited one or more séances with Kai.

Before the sitting started, Kai and Pablo invited anybody who wished to search the sitting room for any suspicious devices. One of the guest sitters did so, the others seemed not interested. After the room was searched, Sabin checked the clothes of Julia, who then entered the room as the first person. Subsequently, all persons entered the room one after the other after their clothes had been checked. Sabin checked the female guests, Pablo the male guests. The last person to be searched was Kai. Pablo “strip-searched” him separately, and followed him into the séance room after redressing. Kai went straight to the cabinet chair and sat down. Julia showed all objects in the room that might cause suspicion to the sitters, such as two spare batteries for the torch, the recorder, a water bottle, etc. In the active zone about 2.4 m in front of the cabinet chair, there were bells, shakers, and an empty bucket which was turned upside down to replace the usual drum.

The order of the sitters was as follows:




Sitters Order (click to enlarge)
Kai opened the sitting with a short prayer and began his rapid breathing technique in darkness. It took some minutes until HB first came through. Around that time, first raps were heard at the ceiling of the room, a light was briefly seen inside the cabinet, and first touches were reported by sitters.
Throughout the next two hours, the following phenomena occurred:
-          Audible manipulations of the bells and shakers, sometimes following the beat of the music
-          More touches (I was touched twice on my knees, and once on my left shoulder and my head from above while leaning my head against the wall; my neighbour to the left reported the same on her right side at that time)
-          Greenish phosphorescent lights. The first one appeared at the ceiling with the usual dim shining. Soon after, it descended and commenced its flight. It often hovered closely in front of my neighbours to the left. At times, there were three simultaneous lights; one seemed to enter the cabinet repeatedly.
-          Three little phosphorescent balls (they were illuminated by Julia with a torch previously) were manipulated and kicked from a board on the bucket which was placed there for this purpose. Two times, the board itself was kicked down from the bucket. Some sitters reported finger-like shapes that manipulated the balls, but I could not see them from my position.
-          A prolonged trumpet flight. Again, the trumpet hovered frequently in front of the sitters to my left, and it even touched our bodies. In my case, it moved across my left leg and hand, which was in chain with my neighbour. In the end, it was thrown towards my feet on the floor.

Pic: One day earlier the Trance Control "Prof. Hans Bender" materialzed in bright red light one of his "charged" crystals from the ectoplasmic substance. After showing the mediums empty hands to the audience, with rubbing and moving gestures, he then starts to work forward something that looks like a coccoon within the Substance. Suddenly the cocoon seems to break open and the first characteristics of the embedded object become visible to all observers, thanks to the good light conditions. Then he finally excavates the object and lets it fall into the hand of one of the control-persons, sitting left and right to the medium. Later the crystal was being given to a sitter, that has received as well a message during Seance (click to enlarge).  
In general, the chain of hands was continually requested by HB except for the breaks in between the sets of phenomena. Moreover, during all phenomena listed above, HB requested that four-limb control was installed by Julia and Sabin. In addition, HB has regularly requested that Sabin should lean over to Julia to check possible body movements of her as well. Every time, both Julia and Sabin confirmed speaking loudly that Kai’s body rested entirely motionless, and Sabin confirmed that also Julia didn’t move. Still, during the time of four-limb control, the phenomena continued seemingly undisturbed, and also HB continued to speak.

Pic: The position of the Cabinet, photographed prior to Seance at another date at the Basle Psi Association. The adjacent chairs are positioned much closer to the cabinet during Seance, that the medium, sitting slightly in front of the cabinet during body control, can be easily taken in the Four-Limb-Control. When this control is exercised the medium sits with spread legs and arms, giving them to the adjacent sitters, that hold them closely to their bodies, meanwhile phenomena are going onwards undisturbed (click to enlarge). 
Between the touches and the greenish lights, HB has announced that two deceased individuals were present tonight. He described the first one as “Gordon”, an entity that had been present also at the last sitting in Basel the day before. This Gordon was supposed to be a former teacher of a present sitter, and he “showed” HB a picture of him emanating ectoplasm. He stated that this particular sitter would know which picture was meant, greeted the sitter, and wished him all the best. Indeed, there was a sitter who claimed that he had learned from a Gordon, and that he knew the picture in question.
No mention was made of the second deceased person . . . until it was ectoplasm time.

There was a little break during which we had to adjust the brightness of the red lamp operated by Julia to the upcoming display, making sure that Kai’s trunk was visible in the red light. Then, we were supposed to sing along with the music. Still, I could hear a few gargling sounds of the medium, indicating the production of ectoplasm. Soon after, and much to our surprise, HB asked Lucius if he had his torch ready. Lucius confirmed that he had his torch ready to be used when requested. HB stated that the second deceased person wanted to show a birthday present to somebody now. By then, I was already expecting an interesting display of ectoplasm, because the pronunciation of his words was muffled in the typical manner when HB speaks with ectoplasm being attached to the inside of the medium’s mouth. After another while, HB requested that Lucius should come to the cabinet, that it should be opened, and that he should shine the torch onto what would be displayed. Julia and Sabin opened the curtains in the comparably dim light of the red lamp, and Lucius, standing right in front of the medium’s body, shone an additional small cone of brighter red light from his torch straight onto it. The red light revealed the most complex structure of ectoplasm I have seen in sittings with the Felix Circle until today (see the idealized drawing. In reality, the visibility of the upper part of the medium and the faces contained in the ectoplasm was impaired by the comparably dim red light from the lamp, and by the body of Lucius who stood right in front of the medium. Still, several times, I caught perfect glimpses of the entire scenario).
The curtain was opened three times. Each time, the structure seemed unchanged. On the abdominal region of Kai, two openings seemed to contain faces. Of the first face, I could mainly see dark spots indicating the eyes, the second was better visible to me. I could clearly see a smiling face, the upper teeth shining white against the dark interior of the mouth. Lucius recognized Albert Hoffman in this face, but he couldn’t identify the first face. When he asked HB who the second face had been after the last display, HB replied that it had been himself. Now, the details of this face that Lucius had seen made perfect sense, and he was certain that it must have indeed been Hans Bender, of whom he knew several photographs. It simply didn’t appear to him that HB would display himself. Moreover, the face displayed did not exactly match the photographs of Hans Bender that Lucius knew, what made its recognition difficult.

 Picture: An idealized drawing showing the large amounts of complex strands and masses of substance, within several, at least two, faces were embedded (click to enlarge).
 Then, the sitting was to be closed. Julia quickly spoke a closing prayer, and Kai was awakened from trance after a short backward count. Except Julia and Sabin, all left the darkened séance room and went downstairs. Later, all joined us and we had a relaxed finish of this remarkable evening.

It should be noted that Kai drank a dark coloured kind of “Ice Tea” before the sitting and during the introductory talk of the evening, but as far as we could tell, the ectoplasm was as snow white as it is has always been in previous sittings. It seemed to consist of two different kinds of states. A more cotton-like state in the outer parts attached to the cabinet curtains, and a more condensed rubber-like state that surrounded the two faces and hung down in strands at its lower end. As far as I could tell, the texture of the areas that contained the faces looked crumbled and creased. Lucius has stated that they also displayed a slight three-dimensional relief structure, so that, e. g., the nose of Albert Hofmann rose about 0.5-1 cm above the surrounding areas.


Thanks a lot, Lucius & Co., for organising this event, and of course, also Kai & Co. for making it possible!

M. MNahm