Noah’s Ark Society for Physical
Mediumship
Noah’s Ark Society for Physical Mediumship originated on
April 25, 1990, in a Spiritualist home circle in Ilkeston, Derbyshire,
England. The people sitting in attempt to communicate
heard an independent voice message (heard apart from any of
their member’s speaking), that urged those present to form an
organization specifically devoted to the promotion of physical
mediumship and the development of mediums in whose present
physical mediumship occurs. The voice identified himself
as Noah Zerdin, a Spiritualist known for his having founded
The Link, a network of Spiritualists groups built around small
groups that sat for spirit contact in their homes. Zerdin had
been the mentor of Leslie Flint, who died in 1994.
Physical mediumship includes those paranormal phenomena
that has an effect upon the medium, others present, or an
object in the immediate space where spirit contact is being attempted.
It would include the materialization of spirit entities,
apports, transfiguration (when a spirit’s face is superimposed
on that of the medium), psychic photography, direct voice
through a trumpet, independent voices, and electronic voice
phenomena (imposition of voices on an electronic tape). Such
physical mediumship has all but disappeared in the wake of discoveries
of numerous fraudulent mediums. Most of these phenomena
have never been known to occur apart from stage
magic.
Soon after its founding, the society began promoting what
it termed the safe practice of physical mediumship and encouraged
the development of home circles for the development of
its practice. The society also holds weekend seminars, limited
to society members, which incorporate experimental seances.
The society now claims some functioning physical mediums
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among its members. The Society is not affiliated with any religious
body, though it recognizes its primary members appear
to be Spiritualists.
Noah’s Ark Society operates primarily in England, thou it
claims affiliates in other countries. It began publishing the
Noah’s Ark Society Newsletter soon after its formation. The Newsletter
became The Ark Review in 1988, which includes speculative
articles on physical mediumship as well as accounts of the experiences
of affiliated home circles with physical mediumship.
The society supports an Internet site at httphome.clara.net
noahsarkind1.htm.
Sources
Noah’s Ark Society for Physical Mediumship. http
home.clara.netnoahsarkind1.htm. May 23, 2000.

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