I was asked recently on an event, as a non-medium, “how do you know if other mediums are faking it or not?”
As the historian for From The Other Side, it is very important for me to provide information to our customers without swaying their thoughts of who they are communicating with. When I provide history of the location I am careful to hold back on names and dates until right at the end.
So how to test this out?
Well there is also something else I can try out. Something I have only done only twice, this is to throw a curveball. Plant in a bit of history that has never happened. Should someone pick up on this during the night then it lets me know they are faking it!
So what happened?
The first event I tried this on, I added in a small bit of information about a spirit, a woman with white hair and a long black cloak who pushes a Victorian pram. It filled me with a lot of confidence that not one customer or team member mentioned it. Great work Guys!
You said there was another time?
The next time was at an old 19th Century church, built on old moorland, which had never been inhabited before. So I added in a few things: The church was based on an old fort from the 1600s, and dark arts had been carried out in the church.
Did you catch anyone out then?
Within our customers for that night were quite a few sensitive people including a well-known (she claimed) medium. We started off the night well, but as soon as we got into a group exercise, this medium stood up, very animated and excited…
She had a soldier coming through, talking to her. Oh no I thought, here we go.
She then went on to describe how she was afraid of the dark arts that had been practiced in the church, on the altar that would have been right behind her.
Unfortunately for her, along with her readings picking up a fictitious soldier and dark arts, she also managed to get the location of the altar completely wrong. Wrong end of the building, and even the wrong floor!
It was a sad time for mediumship, but not all bad. Our own mediums were unable to link into any of this and none of the other customers could pick up on any of it. In fact, the customer that had been sensing something at the centre of this group exercise felt they had lost the connection as soon as this medium came into the circle.
It felt a little like the infamous celebrity medium faking that has occasionally come into the news.
Still, I have yet to fool our own mediums, and given the huge number of ghost hunts we have run, this has so far been the only time I have caught someone out. Let’s hope it stays that way!
Written by the Team Historian