Sunday, May 26, 2013

Spirit Trumpets

Cross-post from the Manifestations blog, but, that's ok.

Spirit trumpets are long, cone shaped horns used to communicate with ghosts at seances. The instruments were first made popular in the late 19th century by Spiritualist mediums like Etta Wriedt and Johnathan Koons.
During seances, trumpets typically float about in a dimly lit room. A luminous band and the end of the horn helps participants distinguish its movements in the dark.
Spiritualists believe that trumpets work as an amplifier for psychic energy and can increase the volume of a ghost’s voice. Younger and weaker spirits are thought to almost always use a trumpet to communicate with humans.
Johnathan Koons is widely credited as the first medium to use a trumpet for spirit communication. At his spirit room in Athens, Ohio, ghosts would begin seances by saying “good evening friends” through the trumpet and would then ask participants what type of materializations they wished to see.
The first spirit trumpets were often homemade and produced from an assortment of metals. It was not until the early 1900s that E.A. Eckel began to offer commercialized spirit trumpets from his tin shop in Anderson, Indiana.
Today a typical trumpet experience lasts about two to three hours with cones levitating and vibrating on several different occasions. Once a spirit has left the room the trumpet will crash to the floor marking the end of the seance.

Minnie Harrison

We have a Spirit Trumpet thanks to Modern American Spiritualists in St. Louis, MO. It will be at Manifestations.

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