Book: Experiments in Movement from afar
Chapter: Further records of scientifically interested participants
Page 129: “After the medium was in the state of trance, the first phenomenon clearly observed was the elevation and the floating around of a table bell, which stood on the ground. The medium was held by hands and feet during this phenomenon. Similar processes of movement phenomena were repeated several times – in a different form. The possibility of self-deception by means of autosuggestion, or by the suggestive effect of alien influences (comments of other persons), I consider to be excluded, since I had usually perceived the phenomena before a remark of another person was made.
In the second half of the session I saw in the immediate vicinity, under the same illumination, the lifting of a handkerchief lying on the floor, as well as the appearance of an arm-like, cloudy, translucent “object” evidently connected with the movements of the handkerchief. The sudden appearance, dissolution, change in shape, and movement of this “arm” was extremely striking – I cannot compare this phenomenon to any experienced since.
An explanation of the phenomena would probably be possible in a very different way – here I would like to mention only one: the suggestion of the phenomena by the medium – without words – similar to the experiments of the Indian Fakirs. Another explanation would be the expression of a force or energy in a new form, that is an energy transfer without changing the energy law of physics.“