I was sent a picture last night of what some people are claiming to be “ectoplasmic” mist surrounding a females head.
If you notice in the photo, the individual is wearing a coat and the “ghost” like mist appears to be right by her head. It doesn’t take much to realize, that this apparition in mid manifestation is actually the woman’s breath.
Being a skeptic and paranormal researcher there are certain things I can’t stand in the field of paranormal research; one of those things is the claim of ectoplasm. Ectoplasm (from the Greek ektos which means “outside” and plasma which means “something formed”) which was previously called teleplasm, is a term that was coined by French physiologist and noble prize winner Charles Robert Richet.
Richet a man with a passion for science and medicine also had a high interest in psychical research; he even served as president of the Society of Psychical Research located in London in 1905. Initially Richet was close minded and shrugged off claims of psychic phenomena. But in his book, Thirty Years of Psychical Research, published in 1923 Richet wrote that he was shameful he was one of the many that was among the willfully blind.
Richet studied the claims of an Italian peasant named Eusapia Palladino, who was producing some very weird phenomena. This is when Richet coined the term ectoplasm, explaining that is was some type of jellylike protoplasm that emanates from the medium.
It is important to note that many researchers of the time felt Palladino was nothing more than a charlatan. But the typical mindset of a scientist, Richet felt he couldn’t be duped, and defend Palladino. Richet wrote “Even if there were no other medium than Eusapia in the world, her manifestations would suffice to establish scientifically the reality of telekinesis and ectoplasmic forms.” Sadly for Richet, this wouldn’t be the case, ectoplasm was never proven authentic, in fact just the opposite.
Lots of ectoplasm cases had been proven to be nothing more than fraud. People using items such as cheese cloth, gauze, chewed paper, egg whites, muslin and even pieces of meat from chicken or cows.
The way lots of mediums produced this feat was the real work of art, hiding these objects anywhere within reach, even in their own vaginas or rectums. Some mediums even swallowed these objects and regurgitated them during the séance when the lights were out.
But the thing I find so fascinating is the evolution of this phenomena, how it went from a solid form to a mist. How it went from protruding out of the orifices of mediums, to a lingering fog floating around alleged haunted locations.
I don’t mean to sound rude but it’s absolutely embarrassing, almost eye rolling to look at some photos that people think is authentic ectoplasmic evidence. Of course now days ectoplasm only exist in photographs. Personally, I liked it more when it was cheese cloth.
Me and ectoplasm