mac wrote:I'm not really au fait with platform mediums nowadays but I came into Spiritualism when Doris Collins and Doris Stokes were the main, publicly known mediums along with Stephen O' Brien and probably a few others whose names now escape me. Along with figurehead Gordon Higginson they brought awareness of, and easy access to, mediumship for many thousands of seekers.
Doris Stokes has a fond place in our hearts as she brought our baby son - grown into a small child by then - to my wife in a demonstration in Sheffield. If there are mediums out there now who have the stage presence and following of those I've mentioned above I don't know them but I'd love to learn that there were some still passing on the message of survival directly to their audiences.
Globally I have no idea what's happening other than with the dynamic-duo physical mediums who make the news for the wrong reasons. Here in the USA I'm not aware of any well-known stage mediums but there are TV personalities such as Terry Caputo who is very well known. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who follows the subject of public demonstrations to hear who is working and where.
This is something that was widely covered over the years through the pages of the Spiritlove forum - which, unfortunately and very sadly, has only recently been closed down with all its historic records deleted into oblivion.
I can personally vouch for the autenticity and effectiveness of some of the platform mediums I have come across over the years, many of whom I had written accounts of regarding my own personal experiences having attended their demonstrations (and workshops). Ordinarily, I would have directed you to those specific reports stored on Spiritlove, but that is of course not possible now.
The ones that spring to mind immediately (for me) i.e. - those that I have personally seen demonstrate (and received personal evidential messages from which I have written up about) - are:
• Gordon Smith
• Billy Cook
• Tony Stockwell
• Geoff Hayward
• Alan Acton
• Marion Dampier-Jeans
• Coral Polge (now deceased, but I still have the psychic drawing, perfect likeness of my maternal grandmother given to me to accompany the message I was receiving at a demonstration at the SAGB, way back in the 70's.)
Those are just a few off the top of my head; there are others - and some of those listed, as well as doing demonstrations of mediumship, are now occupied travelling worldwide holding mediumship development workshops, etc.
Some scratchy details regarding mediums can be found listed here on Light After Life: http://lightafterlife.freeforums.org/mediums-psychics-f10.html (I am currently trying to salvage as much as I possibly can of the lost archives of Spiritlove from places like Wayback Machine, and hope to collate some kind of a memorial collection of those lost archives, as a keepsake for old time's sake.)