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A Home-made Ouija Board
A Typical Case Of Identification
Advice To Trance Mediums
Beware Of Domineering Spirits
Entering The Trance
Flashes Of Communication
Fraudulent Claims Of Identity
Guarding Against Fraudulent Spirits
Identifying Property
Impersonating Manifestations
Incidents Of Impersonations
Incidents Of Inspirational Mediumship
Ouija Boards
Public Speaking Under Control
Recalling Past Incidents
Signs Of Spirit Presence
Speaking Mediumship
Spirit Advice And Counsel
Spirit Code Signals
Spirit Jokers
Spirit Rappings
Symptoms Of Trance Condition
Table Tippings
The Entranced State
The Spirit Signals
Trance Or Inspirational Mediumship
Trance Phenomena
Value Of Identification

Spirit Jokers

Another writer says, on this point: "That there are spirits who
sometimes impersonate, and seek to pass themselves off as friends of the
sitters, cannot be denied; in fact, we have had personal proof of the
same on several occasions. But these troublesome and vexatious visitors
invariably get 'bowled out' if the investigators are observant and
careful. In fact, such entities are neither as numerous, or as evilly
disposed, as many persons imagine them to be. There are spirits who
'play up to' the weaknesses and flatter the vanity of those to whom they
communicate. And it is equally true that there are spirits who give
glowing assurances of the good things that they will perform by-and-by,
and profess to be some of the 'great ones' of the past, is equally true.
It is a well-known saying that 'people love a lord,' and this amiable
weakness is fully realized by the jokers on the other side--but the
fault does not wholly rest with them! Their too confiding and credulous
mediums are too often in the main responsible for their own
mystification and misleading. They are often so anxious to be guided by
some 'eminent' person who will be to them an 'authority,' that they
practically invite spirit pretenders to fool them to the top of their
bent. This does not apply to all cases of real or supposed deception,
but it does cover a large proportion of such experiences. In many
instances there is an element of self-deception--or auto-suggestion--and
the 'wish becomes father to the thought,' and the sensitive medium's
unrestrained imaginative powers do the rest."

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