Ridley, Hazel (Hurd) (ca. 1900– )
American direct voice medium of Buffalo, New York. Her
psychic development began at the age of 18. ‘‘Grey Wolf,’’ an
American Indian control, manifested in trance and declared
that the medium would develop voices. She did. The voices
were of a curious, whispering quality, coming from her larynx
alone with no function of her mouth, lips, or tongue.
Wilson G. Bailey, a physician of Camden, New Jersey, wrote
in his book No, Not Dead; They Live (1923) ‘‘I filled her mouth
with water and then with salt, and still the voice came through
without interruption or impediment and I also punctured her
arm when in trance, and though I drew blood she did not feel
any pain.’’
Ridley toured the American continent and paid three visits
to England, the first in 1926, the second in 1931, and the third
in 1932. While hailed by some, she also encountered strong opposition
to her performances. Spiritualistist author H. Dennis
Bradley, not known for his critical appraisals, caustically condemned
her performance as fraudulent rubbish in his book…
And After (1931). Against Bradley’s comments stands the testimony
of Will Goldston, one of the renowned professional magicians
in Europe, that she had genuine powers. In Death Unveiled,
Mrs. D. U. Fletcher, wife of a senator from Florida,
described how through Ridley’s mediumship a violin was restored
to its owner after thirty-seven years.
Bailey, Wilson G. No, Not Dead; They Live. N.p., 1923.
Bradley, H. Dennis. . . . And After. London T. W. Laurie
Ltd., 1931.