Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Extraordinary Physical Phenomena in Poland

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Extraordinary Physical Phenomena in Poland

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A Review of Other Realities? The Enigma of Franek Kluski's Mediumship, by Zofia Weaver.

Hove, UK: White Crow Books, 2015. Pp. xxi + 152pp. $16.99 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-910121-39-9

The Polish medium Franek Kluski was, in terms of versatility and strength of his phenomena, one of the greatest mediums of all time, comparable to D. D. Home and Indridi Indridason. Franek Kluski was a pseudonym and his real name was Teofil Modrzejewski (1873-1943). He lived a varied and successful life, was a banker (on the board of one of the largest banks in Poland), writer, poet, and journalist. Extensive records exist in Polish of Kluski's mediumship, particularly by Norbert Okolowicz (1926). In English, however, apart from the writings of Gustave Geley, little has been available. Other Realities by Zofia Weaver radically changes that. She gives a fascinating account of his psychic life as well as his successful worldly activities and his background in Poland. Zofia Weaver is a native Polish speaker and is highly knowledgeable of the psychic literature in Polish and in English as a former editor of the Journal and Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research.

Already in his childhood Kluski had frequent paranormal experiences of various kinds. He was subject to presentiments, had visions of events at a distance, and perceived "phantoms," which to him appeared to be living. "He found these phantoms perfectly natural and neither feared them nor found them strange. He talked to them familiarly and found them welcoming and friendly" (p. 11). From his early life he seems to have had easy and frequent experiences of phantoms or apparitions of the departed. In Geley's LEctoplasmie et la Clairvoyance (1924) Kluski's childhood experiences are described. Apparently throughout his life Kluski would see around him phantoms/apparitions of deceased friends and relatives, as well as animals. This would take place during the day, in the open, and at night in bed. Kluski's mediumship started when he was 45. His seances were generally of a rather private nature, like a home circle, but he was ready to submit himself to serious scientific examination. Best known are the studies by Gustave Geley and Charles Richet at the Institut Metapsychique International in Paris where strict controls were imposed. There the famous paraffin wax moulds of hands were produced.

In Other Realities Weaver gives a vivid description of Kluski's phenomena as they are described in Polish sources, particularly by Okolowicz, who gave very detailed and minute descriptions that remind this reviewer of the protocols that the Experimental Society in Reykjavik kept of Indridi Indridason's seances (Haraldsson, & Gissurarson, 2015). As in the case of Indridi, lights of various colors and sizes would appear at the sittings. They moved around, appeared, and disappeared. It was common that chairs and other furniture moved without anyone present touching them. …

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