Test Conditions





"During the whole of my knowledge of D. D. Home, extending for several

years, I never once saw the slightest occurrence that would make me

suspicious that he was attempting to play tricks. He was scrupulously

sensitive on this point, and never felt hurt at anyone taking

precautions against deception. He sometimes, in the early days of our

acquaintance, used to say to me before a seance, 'Now, William, I want

you to act as if I were a recognized conjurer, and was going to cheat

you and play all the tricks I could. Take every precaution you can

devise against me, and move about and look under the table or where else

you like. Don't consider my feelings. I shall not be offended. I know

that the more carefully I am tested the more convinced will everyone be

that these abnormal occurrences are not of my own doings.' Latterly, I

used jokingly to say to him, 'Let us sit round the fire and have a quiet

chat, and see if our friends are here and will do anything for us. We

won't have any tests or precautions.' On these occasions, when only my

family were present with him, some of the most convincing phenomena took

place."





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