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A Tribute to the
Physical Medium

John Boaden (Jack) Webber
(1907 - March 9th, 1940)

Jack Webber was a Welsh ex-miner, born into a Christian family in Loughor, South Wales, who went on to develop deep trance physical mediumship which included the levitation of objects, the production of spirit voices and materialised forms, the transmission of spiritual healing powers, and the presentation of spirit gifts - known as apports - to his sitters: these apports were often small ornaments or sacred religious artefacts.

In his psychic circles, spirit voices spoke to their loved ones through a number of seance trumpets (conical aluminium structures), and the spirit people also spoke independently of the trumpets, addressing their relatives in their own languages. On occasions, three separate voices were to speak simultaneously.

In Mr Webber's presence these trumpets flew around the room at great speed and travelled way up to the ceiling, always moving with remarkable accuracy and never harming anyone.

Although Jack Webber worked mainly in private British home circles, on occasions he also demonstrated his abilities at some remarkable meetings in public halls to audiences of up to five hundred people.

Working in deep trance, and declining the use of any seance cabinet or curtained-off area, he was always securely tied to his chair before a seance started, in order to satisfy the sceptical investigators who were often present in his circles. (See photograph, on the right) .

Many infra-red flashlight photographs were taken of his phenomena; and a series of these shows the medium's coat being supernormally removed by the spirit people, who would

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dematerialise it through the tightly-secured ropes, and then throw into the room. This normally impossible task clearly indicated the presence of invisible intelligences at work - and therefore pointed to an existence of the soul after death.

Two photographs showing some of the physical phenomena produced in the seance-room through Jack Webber's deep trance mediumship.

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Above left: Ectoplasm (a fluid-like substance which is extracted from the medium and sitters by the spirit people) streams from Mr Webber, who is in a deep trance state, and forms itself into a supernormal 'voice-box' structure through which the spirit people will make themselves heard.

Above right: A table weighing 45lbs is levitated into the air by invisible forces. These photographs were taken with the permission of Mr Webber's spirit guides: Black Cloud (a Mohawk Indian), Reuben (a South American schoolmaster), and Paddy (a young lad).

Other 'behind the scenes' spirit guides of Mr Webber's were: Malodar, a healer; Talgar; Revd John Boaden, a great-uncle to the medium; and Dr Millar and Professor Dale, whose work was mainly concerned with building up the materialisations.

Reuben's deep and powerful baritone voice was once recorded by the Decca Record Co., Ltd.

The Mediumship of Jack Webber,
(published by The Harry Edwards Spiritual Healing Sanctuary Trust) is written by Harry Edwards, and it contains 36 photographs of the physical phenomena produced through the medium.


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