Ignath, Lujza Linczegh (b. 1891)
Hungarian clairvoyant, and healing and apport medium,
controlled by ‘‘Nona,’’ a pure spirit who claimed to have never
been incarnated and came without trance, in the manner of an
alternating personality. Ignath’s unusual psychic powers were
first described in a Hungarian pamphlet by William Tordai of
Budapest. In Tidskrift for Psykisk Forskning (vol. 5), the journal
of the Norwegian Society for Psychical Research, Lujza Lamaes-Haughseth,
a high school teacher and experimental psychologist,
published a long report of her observations with
Ignath in Budapest. As a consequence the Norwegian Society
for Psychical Research, headed by Professors Jaeger and
Theostein Wereide, both of the University of Oslo, sent an invitation
to Ignath, which she accepted.
According to a report in the Tidens Tegn (November 20,
1931), the medium produced direct writing in the presence of
100 people on places selected by the audience. In an experimental
sitting for the Norwegian SPR conducted by Dr. Jorgen
Bull, a chemist in Oslo, direct writing was produced on wax tablets
in a specially prepared and closed box.
In religious ecstatic condition, stigmatic wounds were observed
on Ignath’s head. On such occasions ‘‘Nona’’ delivered
moving lectures on the subject of religion.
Ignath’s oddest phenomena consisted of miniature heads
that she materialized in drinking glasses filled with water.
‘‘Nona’’ asserted that the heads, the size of walnuts, were ‘‘plastic
thoughts.’’ Having been shown a photograph of Haughseth’s
husband, Nona materialized his likeness. Flashlight photographs
of these forms were published in the Psykisk Forskning
(vol. 6).
In the Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research (vol.
38, p. 466-71) Theodore Besterman describes some psychometric
experiments with Ignath in Budapest. On November
18, 1928, he left a sealed vial with Lujza Haughseth for testing.
His conclusion of the reading was that ‘‘the experiment is very
instructive from a negative point of view.’’