Lynn, Thomas (ca. 1928)
A coal miner medium in northern England and the subject
of remarkable experiments by James Hewat McKenzie and
Major C. Mowbray in photographing the arrival and ectoplasmic
mechanism of apports. Lynn’s mediumship developed
around 1913 in his home circle, but he did not exercise physical
mediumship before 1926. Extrusions of ectoplasm, small
coils or rods of varying shapes, were seen to issue from the pit
of his stomach, to perform minor physical feats, and leave—
after their disappearance—red marks like punctures behind on
the medium’s skin.
Apports of small, insignificant objects were the most impressive
phenomena. In earlier séances, held in the dark, it was said
that small bottles arrived containing wax in various shapes and
molded images. In the experimental séances held in light by
the investigators of the British College of Psychic Science, no
such bottles were apported.
The first series of these experimental sittings took place in
July 1928. Two cameras were used, one whole-plate with ordinary
lens, and a half-plate with quartz lens. The medium was
put in a bag and his hands were tied to his knees with tapes.
The flashlight photographs showed luminous connections
between the medium’s body and the apports. The sittings were
continued in September 1928 and were repeated at the college
in March 1929. By then, Lynn abandoned his former occupation
and became a professional medium. At the time, the curious
photographs secured in these séances were believed by
many to throw new light on the problem of apports, though at
present most believe that such apports were simply the sign of
the medium’s engagement in fraud. For a detailed report on
the Lynn phenomena, including photographs, see Psychic Science
(Vol. 8, no. 2, July 1929 129–37).

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