Ever fancied holding a Seance but were too scared of the unknown or what could happen? I am available for hire as a Medium within the Seance, with the use of a Ouija Board from 1919 (William Fuld Talking Board) or a Spirit Wonder Box, based on the original version from pioneer Steve Huff.
Victorian seances were gatherings held during the Victorian era (1837-1901) where participants attempted to communicate with the spirits of the dead. These seances were often conducted by individuals known as mediums who claimed to have the ability to connect with the spirit world.
Here’s an overview of Victorian seances and how they were typically conducted:
- Setting: Seances were usually held in dimly lit rooms to create an atmosphere conducive to spiritual communication. The room would be arranged with a table, chairs, and sometimes a cabinet or curtained-off area.
- Participants: Seances were attended by a small group of people, typically friends or family members. They would gather around the table, joining hands to form a circle, which was believed to enhance the energy for spirit communication.
- Mediumship: The medium, the person leading the seance, would claim to possess the ability to communicate with the spirit world. They often used various techniques such as automatic writing (writing messages supposedly dictated by spirits), table tipping (movement of the table believed to be caused by spirits), or direct communication through trance states.
- Spirit Communication: During the seance, the medium would enter a trance state or meditative state to establish a connection with the spirits. Participants would ask questions, and the medium would relay messages from the spirits or act as a conduit for the spirits to speak through them.
- Phenomena: Seances often involved physical phenomena to provide evidence of spirit presence. This could include objects moving, knocking sounds, levitation, or materializations, where spirits were believed to appear in the room in various forms.
- Tools and Props: Mediums sometimes used tools and props to enhance the seance experience. These could include Ouija boards, crystal balls, spirit trumpets, or other objects associated with spiritual communication.
It’s important to note that while some mediums genuinely believed in their abilities, others were exposed as frauds, using tricks and illusions to deceive participants. The popularity of seances declined as skepticism grew and more investigations into spiritualistic practices took place.
Today, seances still exist, but they are more commonly seen as entertainment or historical reenactments rather than attempts to communicate with the deceased.