Linda Gazzera

          an educated Italian girl medium, discovered by Dr. E. Imoda, who published an important book on his experiments with her at Turin in the house of the Marquise de Ruspoli. She produced strong telekinetic and materialisation phenomena. Her control was a deceased cavalry officer, Vincenzo, sometimes Carlotta, a child of four years of age. Her phenomena developed very rapidly. Professor Charles Richet illustrates her powers in Thirty Years of Psychical Research with the following account:

"I hold Linda's two hands, her head and knees. A hand, seemingly from behind me, strikes me heavily. I think I can distinguish its fingers and this is repeated a second time. I hold the left hand firmly, Imoda holding the right, which I frequently verify by touch. The objects were taken from the cupboard behind, a thimble was put on the first finger of my left hand, a sheath (etui) was put on my nose, and I felt fingers touching my nose and face.

"Telekinetic experiments succeed well with Linda as she is more easily controlled than Eusapia Palladino, for she scarcely moves at all, while Eusapia is in continual jerky movement. In the first experiment the ectoplasmic hand that I felt was cold and stiff; in the fourth experiment it was warm, articulated and supple."

Source (with minor modifications): An Encyclopaedia of Psychic Science by Nandor Fodor (1934).



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