BOOK REVIEW

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Publisher: Two Worlds Publishing Co. (www.twoworlds.com)

First Published: 1988

ISBN: 0-947823-48-4

Pages: 221

Price: £7.99

 

"Voices in the Dark"

By Leslie Flint

 - Reviewed by Michael M. Tymn -

          I recently read a very interesting autobiography by Leslie Flint, one of England's best known direct-voice mediums, and would like to recommend it to anyone interested in that subject. The title is VOICES IN THE DARK. It is published by Two Worlds Publishing Co., London, and is 221 pages.

 

This book was first published by Macmillan London in 1971, reprinted by Psychic Press in 1988, and most recently released by Two Worlds. In addition to the direct-voice, Flint (1911-1994) had clairvoyant, clairaudient, and trance mediumship abilities, but the direct-voice phenomenon was his primary gift. He demonstrated his ability before packed audiences in London halls and in small circles that included many prime movers and celebrities. 

 

Flint opined that he must have been the most tested medium in England. "I have been boxed up, tied up, sealed up, gagged, bound, and held, and still the voices have come to speak their message of eternal life," Flint wrote.

 

In direct-voice mediumship, discarnates draw ectoplasm from the medium to form a larynx (or "mask") some two feet from the medium. They spirit entities usually speak with the same voices they possessed when incarnate. Searching for a logical explanation, the skeptics (i.e., the cynics) often suggest the medium is a ventriloquist; hence, the reason for Flint being gagged in some of his tests. In one test, he was forced to hold a cup of water in his mouth throughout the sťance. In another, his lips were sealed with plaster. Of course, even ventriloquism could not explain the many different voices and the evidential information that came from them in different dialects. Nor could it explain how Flint could be observed now and then talking to the person next to him at the same time the spirits talked. In one sitting, the voice moved from above Flint to the other side of the room near the door, then began speaking loudly with a woman on the other side of the door. It turned out to be the mother of the spirit speaking. She had not arrived on time and was locked out of the sťance. Although Flint and others in the room were unaware that the mother had arrived and was sitting outside, the spirit took the voice mask over to the door to communicate with his mother through the door. (The door could not be opened because light has a destructive effect on ectoplasm and can seriously injure the medium.)

 

In a demonstration before 75 people in New York City, Mickey, Flint's control and "gatekeeper," announced that the presence of one known on earth as Carl Schneider was there to speak. At first, no one responded, but a member of the audience finally spoke up and mentioned that he knew a Carl Schnieder and that the voice was unmistakably his; however, as far as he knew Schneider was still among the living. The next day, the person attempted to call Schneider, only to find that he had committed suicide a year earlier. In several sittings, the voices of people still alive came through, and upon investigation it was determined that they were deeply asleep or in a coma at the time.

 

Flint recalls his first psychic experience, or the first he can remember, coming in 1918 at age 7. It was shortly after his Aunt Nell had received word that her husband had been killed in the Great War. Young Flint observed a soldier standing in the kitchen and pulling at his aunt's sleeve, seemingly trying to attract her attention. His aunt took no notice of the soldier and shortly he vanished. Later, when his aunt showed him a photograph of his Uncle Alf, he recognized him as the soldier he had seen in the kitchen.

 

Because he did not feel he could bring himself to kill anyone, Flint was a conscientious objector during World War II. However, he still joined the army and volunteered for bomb disposal duty. When some of his fellow soldiers became aware of his mediumistic abilities, they harassed him until he decided to give them a demonstration one night after lights were out in the barracks. Mickey began speaking to them individually, giving them help and advice on various problems that Flint was unaware of. Mickey brought the deceased sister of one through and she began having a personal talk with her brother when one of the sergeants barged into the room and turned the lights on. This caused the ectoplasm to rush back into his body. "I felt as though I had been kicked in the solar plexus," Flint recalled the incident, stating that it caused him to lay winded and retching.

 

I purchased this book six months before I got around to reading it. Once I started on it, I couldn't put it down. It is a fascinating read. 

 

The book is available from Two Worlds, A3 Riverside, Metropolitan Wharf, Wapping Wall, London E1W 3SS for 7.95 pounds sterling (about $13).   It can be ordered by e-mail at tortzen@globalnet.co.uk  Tapes of a number of Flint's sťances also are available.

 

 

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