Of course, it would have been best, all round, for Merlin to waive etiquette and quit and call it half a day, since he would never be able to start that water, for he was a true magician of the time; which is to say, the big miracles, the ones that gave him his repu- tation, always had the luck to be performed when nobody but Merlin was present; he couldn't start this well with all this crowd around to see; a crowd was as bad for a magician's miracle in that day as it was for a spiritualist
's miracle in mine; there was sure to be some skeptic on hand to turn up the gas at the crucial moment and spoil everything.
"I really have no mind to turn into a dilettante spiritualist
But the spiritualists have begun with tables writing for them, and spirits appearing to them, and have only later started saying that it is an unknown force."
"Yes, but the spiritualists say we don't know at present what this force is, but there is a force, and these are the conditions in which it acts.
"I think," he went on, "that this attempt of the spiritualists to explain their marvels as some sort of new natural force is most futile.
It was like a "spirit message," such as are delivered at seances of spiritualists
for a dollar admission.
," said Sir Walter, with a smile, "would say that spirits could find a great deal of use for a table."
We do have a life beyond this one, it can be proved through the spirituallygifted and can be seen any week of the year in spiritualist
churches and centres the length and breadth of this country and throughout the world.
As he states in the concluding chapter to his study, "no comment has been made in this book on the `objective' reality of either the spirit world, or of the phenomena enthusiastically declaimed on Spiritualist
platforms, and denounced with equal force from the pulpit and the press" (207).
says that if we could convince men that their lot in that other world will be decided by their characters they will be more eager for justice, honour, and sobriety.
During the 1930s, Helen Duncan's appointments diary was rarely empty, and she travelled up and down the country holding seances at Spiritualist
societies and home circles.