Rasmussen, Anna (Melloni) (1898– )
Danish medium for physical and intellectual phenomena.
Her mediumship was first manifested at the age of twelve, when
a table moved both with and without contact. Poltergeist phenomena
developed, then died out to give place to a range of
phenomena telekinesis, raps, slate-writing, automatic writing,
luminous phenomena and trance speech under the control
of an entity ‘‘Dr. Lasaruz.’’
In October and November 1921, the mediumship was examined
at Fritz Grünewald’s laboratory at Berlin. The results
were placed before the second International Congress for Psychical
Research at Warsaw, Poland, in 1923. The electrical condition
of the séance room was a particularly noticeable phenomenon.
In September 1922, Christian Winther, of the Polytechnic
Academy of Copenhagen, commenced a series of scientific experiments
in which a Professor Bondorff, of the Danish Agricultural
High School, the Laboratory Director R. Dons, and Dr.
A. Marner, a practicing physician also participated. According
to Winther’s detailed account in Psychic Research (1928) among
116 séances which he had with the medium not a single one was
completely negative.
There appeared a steady outpouring of psychical energy
and if a séance was not organized the medium became restless
and felt ill. In many cases she gave two, three, or even four sittings
in a single day. All the sittings took place in actual daylight
or in very strong artificial light. The medium sat quietly
in the circle at the table, took her share of the conversation,
took refreshments, read a newspaper and had apparently no
connection with what was going on. Trance, however, was always
a great fatigue, and it was only employed when this was
the special subject of study.
Some of the automatic scripts came in English. A unique feature
of her mediumship was that raps emanated from her left
shoulder and answered questions. The British psychical researcher
Harry Price placed his ear against the medium’s
shoulder and distinctly heard decided thumps from her body
(Psychic Research, 1928, p. 377).