Sawyer, Carrie M.
American materialization medium with whom Paul Gibier,
director of the Bacteriological Institute of New York, conducted
experiments in his own laboratory for ten years. According
to Gibler’s report, published in 1901 in the Annales des Sciences
Psychiques, he enclosed the medium in a large wire cage, the
meshes of which were so small that they only admitted his little
finger. The cage was darkened. After the appearance of several
spirit forms, Gibier was asked to tend to the medium, who required
his care.
Stepping before the door of the cage, he was astounded to
see the medium fall into his arms through the door, which was
locked with intact paper slip fastenings and a stamp over the
keyhole. The phenomenon was repeated on three occasions.
According to sitters, the wire cage felt burning hot when the
medium exited it, though Gibier could not confirm this observation.
Gibier intended to take Sawyer on a three-years tour of England,
France, and Egypt, but he died in an accident before the
project could be realized.
E. A. Brackett, a Boston sculptor, attended a séance in the
mid-1880s during which he was led into the cabinet by a spirit.
Sawyer was not entranced. Arm in arm, the three of them
walked out of the cabinet in full view of 25 sitters. In his account
of Sawyer, Brackett also wrote of evil influences that were sometimes
noticeable in her séances.
Brackett, E. A. Materialized Apparitions. Boston Colby &
Rich, 1886.