- Lucy Hale was a medium in England
for some 60 years. John Hardaker began recording her
trance sessions several years ago, and has
transcribed many of them. The transcripts are
available on his web site: http://www.jhardaker.plus.com/
- This account is offered as a first
person account of a typical Helen Duncan seance. It
was recored in Lucy's own voice in July of 1990. It
includes the unique 'behind the scences'
examination, that few would ever have been able to
- This account is but a small section
LIFE STORY, we encourage to visit this site
and learn more about her great work.
- My friend, Win, was evacuated to
Wellington, near Taunton, and I spent quite a few
weekends with her, going to the church at Taunton.
It was during this period that I had the opportunity
of attending two seances given by the renowned Helen
Duncan, the materialisation medium. On the first
occasion the meeting was held in a small room as the
usual venue at the church was being redecorated.
There were about thirty people present, the front
row of chairs being only three feet from the cabinet
where Mrs Duncan was placed. The cabinet was a
temporary affair made out of black curtains
suspended by ropes from the ceiling, the only
illumination being a red light.
- The meeting opened with the singing
of a hymn and a prayer and then Mrs Duncan, who was
sitting on a wooden chair, was completely enclosed
within the curtains. After about a minute a white
band, like a ribbon, some eighteen inches wide, slid
out from under the front curtain and slowly raised
itself to an approximate height of four feet,
thickening as it did so. It seemed as though two
arms came out of the sides of the white column and
pushed aside some of the white stuff, revealing the
face and head of a young man whose eyes and hair
were brown. A woman in the front row recognised the
image as her husband, an RAF pilot, who had been
killed shortly before. They started to talk together
just as they would have done if they had been parted
for a short while. I had no doubt that it really was
a spirit form that we were seeing. The pilot said
good-bye to his wife and the white column sank back
onto the floor and proceeded to retreat into the
- After a few words from Mrs Duncan's
guide, Albert, the ribbon emerged as before to once
again reveal a figure which, after saying a few
words to one of the people, disappeared in the same
way. This happened ten of so times though none of
them spoke to me. Some of the figures showed their
faces while others revealed their head and
shoulders. Each of them was distinct enough to be
recognised by one of the sitters. Throughout the
seance Albert spoke in between the "visits",
sometimes saying who was coming next or telling a
joke to lighten the atmosphere. It was a very
interesting experience and a convincing display of
this form of mediumship.
- On the second occasion the seance
was held in the main hall but this time I was too
far back to see the figures distinctly. Again all of
the spirit forms were accepted by members of the
audience. At the beginning of this session another
lady and myself were deputed to act as invigilators;
we accompanied Mrs Duncan to an ante-room where we
watched her strip and put on her black clothes.
There was no possibility of her being able to
secrete butter muslin or cheese-cloth about her
person and I am convinced that she was perfectly
genuine despite all that was said about her later.
- Visit the Lucy Hale site: http://www.jhardaker.plus.com/
- Many of you have sent money into the
HELEN DUNCAN DEFENCE FUND, so, we say thank you!
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