This is a film clip of the wonderful Margaret Rutherford in Blythe Spirit playing the medium “Madame Arcati”. Cinema has a long history of portraying psychics and mediums in very colourful ways. Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost springs to mind and as a trance medium, I often use the film as a reference to explain to students what actually happens and what does not.
I have had many comments about my work and the fact that there is no pomp, theatre or extraordinary acts; even as recent as fifty years ago public demonstrations of trance mediumship had an air of theatre and the dramatic. The honest truth is that the genuine thing is very unstated and dull; allowing the words of Spirit to hold all the drama and captivation.