Some days I get lazy. This is one of those days.
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More recently spiritualism has been on an upswing with great interest in supposed mediums like Sylvia Browne, Allison DuBois, and John Edward; supposed spirit communicators who have been popularized on television.** Of course, it's rather unlikely that they are communicating with the dead as techniques like cold reading are much easier to accomplish.*** To save us from this supposed tide of after death communication comes Rebecca with an account of spirit communication that just can't be beat. When we see or listen to a spirit "chat" we only see two parts of it: what the caller/subject says, and what the spiritualist says. Rebecca adds in- speculatively of course- what the spritis must also be saying. It is, in a word, hysterical:
EDWARD: However, I don’t know if you have your mom who’s passed or if there’s another parental figure, like an older female who had crossed, who had congestive heart failure or who had problems with her chest. Do you know who that is?
CALLER: It could be my gran. My gran.
SPIRIT #1: I might be related to her dad, but maybe not!
EDWARD: Would that be on your dad’s side of the family, as well?
CALLER: I have two grans that have passed away, both mom and dad’s side.
SPIRIT #1: Let’s go with Dad, why not?
EDWARD: OK. I think I’m connected to the one that would be on your dad’s side of the family. And your dad would have…
CALLER: Yes, she passed away from a heart attack.
SPIRIT #1: Just like heart failure, whatever, ha ha! Hey, this is very important: my son’s brother is here. Paul!
SPIRIT #2: Hey.
EDWARD: OK. Your dad would be with also another male.
SPIRIT #1: I’m not the dad, I’m the grandmother, I thought. Wait, am I the dad now? Is dad like, the same as a grandmother? I forget.
EDWARD: So I don’t know if he has a brother figure, as well. Where’s the name Paul come in?
CALLER: We don’t have a Paul in the family, as far as I know.
SPIRIT #1: Shit, hold on . . . who is this guy, then?
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* Little known fact: Houdini was an arch skeptic and, when not performing magic, spent a great deal of time unmasking supposed mediums for the frauds they were. In order to defeat mediums who would claim to contact him after his death, he even established a code with his wife so that she could confirm, or falsify, any supposed messages from him. It goes without saying that no confirmed spirit message from Houdini has ever been received.
** i.e. Larry King Live, Medium, and Crossing Over. Don't even get me started on The Ghost Whisperer.
*** Easier in that, you know, there are no confirmed cases of the living communicating with the dead. Ever. In that light, yes, cold reading could certainly be said to be "easier."