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Physical Medium

Alexander Frederick Harris:
(1897 - 1974)

Alec Harris's remarkable materialisation and direct-voice mediumship astounded all those who had the privilege to witness it; and the world is fortunate that his wife, Louie, recorded the details of her husband's great work in a fascinating book entitled They Walked Among Us. This book is 'highly-recommended' reading.

The strength and power of Alec's physical mediumship were universally acclaimed. One astonished sitter who attended a seance in Alec's home in the Whitchurch area of Cardiff, which is the capital city of Wales, remarked, 'The materialised people came out of the cabinet sometimes two or three at a time. On that amazing night, about twenty fully-materialised forms greeted us and spoke with us, quite naturally. After a while you forgot you were conversing with so-called "dead" people'.

In the mid 20th-Century, the editor of Psychic News, Maurice Barbanell said of Alec's mediumship that 'the spirit forms not only show themselves in good red light, but they also hold sustained conversations, after having walked about ten feet from the cabinet'.

But in the early days of his spiritual awakening, Alec Harris at first refused to accept the idea that he might possess such an incredibly rare mediumistic gift: his family were Welsh Christians of the 'dyed-in-the-wool' kind. Born and bred in Treherbert, in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, where Christianity was most certainly the order of the day, Alec wanted nothing to do with 'meddling' with the dead, or with the religion of Spiritualism.

But then his sister, Connie, died - and subsequently returned to the astonished members of her family when Alec attended a seance conducted by the remarkable Scottish physical medium Helen Duncan. His sister's spirit-return encouraged him to sit for the development of his own spiritual gifts, and he became one of the finest materialisation mediums to emerge from Great Britain in the 20th-Century.

Strangely enough, Alec Harris's sister Connie later made another successful spirit return in a materialised form, but this time through her own brother's remarkable physical mediumship.

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During the production of materialised spirit forms, Alec's spirit guides usually took him into a deep-trance, and the sitters were able to clearly see him sitting on his chair (bound hand and foot) inside the 'cabinet' - and the whole room was bathed in good red light while the materialised people walked around the room and spoke with their loved ones.

At one memorable seance which was attended by Sir Alexander Cannon, Sir Alex spoke to two spirit forms who were Tibetans, and these conversations were held in their native tongue, which was unknown to Alec Harris or any of the other persons present at the seance. And a certain Prof. T J Haarhoff, who was a professor of classics, conversed with a materialised spirit who spoke to him in ancient Greek.

These events signal quite clearly the genuineness of Mr Harris's mediumship.

Like other physical mediums before him, Alec was treated abominably by hostile sceptics who simply could not admit the possibility that what they were seeing with their own eyes was genuine phenomena, and he was hurt in a seance in South Africa when a journalist grabbed an ectoplasmic spirit-form, while other members of the press set off flashlights without permission.

Alec Harris will be long remembered for the amazing phenomena that was produced through his remarkable mediumship.

They Walked Among Us

by Louie Harris:

(Psychic Press Ltd. 1980)

ISBN: 0-85384-055-5

See a picture of a materialised

More on Alec's mediumship
see the Ivy Northage page.