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Curious Objects : Spirit trumpet

Curious Objects

<p style='text-align: justify;'>In a ‘trumpet séance’ a spirit trumpet, such as this one, is placed on a table. The medium and those attending the séance take their seats. Once all light is extinguished the trumpet, made visible by luminous rings placed around it, proceeds to rise from the table and float around the room emitting ‘spirit voices’ and, if occasion demands, exuding ectoplasm. Spirit trumpets could be made of metal, but this example, ‘The “Two Worlds” “ideal” luminous trumpet for the development of “voice phenomena” and mediumship’, is made of cardboard. It is part of the archive of the Society for Psychical Research held on deposit at the Library. It was manufactured in the 1920s by The Two Worlds Publishing Co. Ltd of Manchester, who also made other apparatus for communicating with spirits, including ‘The “Two Worlds” specially magnetised magic crystal’.</p>

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