Flint, Leslie (ca. 1911–1994)
Noted British medium who specialized in independent direct
voice communications (i.e., voice phenomena purported
to be from dead individuals that originate a little above the medium’s
head and to one side, without the use of his or her vocal
cords). In some 35 years of mediumship, Leslie Flint was tested
by a number of psychical researchers using electrical devices,
but nothing of a fraudulent nature was discovered. William R.
Bennett, professor of electrical engineering at Columbia University,
New York, tested Flint in 1970 and stated, ‘‘My experience
with Mr. Flint is first hand; I have heard the independent
voices. Furthermore, modern investigation techniques not
available in earlier tests corroborate. . . . that the voices are not
his.’’
Bennett also discounted the possibility of accomplices. In a
few instances Flint conveyed messages from living individuals
who were either in a coma or deep sleep at the time. Flint, a
dedicated Spiritualist, places emphasis on providing evidence
of survival after death.
During the 1940s Flint had several private sittings with film
star Mae West when she visited London. He also visited her in
Hollywood during his short American tour in 1949. He retired
from public séance work in 1976. The next year he was named
‘‘Spiritualist of the Year’’ by readers of the British newspaper
Psychic News.
Sources
Flint, Leslie. Voices in the Dark. New York Bobbs-Merrill,
1971.