Gordon Higginson (medium)
As a child Higginson became a member of Longton Lyceum and attended Longton Spiritualist Church. He claimed to be a medium for an early age. He served in the armed forces in World War II. After the war he worked as a medium in Belgium, Britain and France. He was also the President of the Spiritualists' National Union (SNU) for 23 years and Principal of the Arthur Findlay College from 1979 to 1993.
Higginson was accused of fraud throughout his career, even by spiritualists and members of the Spiritualist' National Union. In 1974 the parapsychologists Barrie Colvin and Frank Spedding attended a séance with Higginson and claimed that the ectoplasmic materialization figures were Higginson himself covered in cloth material. Frank Spedding wrote "the materialisations were crude fakes which should not have deceived anyone of normal intelligence". Before another séance Colvin searched the room and claimed to find muslin tightly wrapped underneath a seat.
In 1978, Higginson was accused of hot reading. At a mediumship sitting in Bristol in February 1976 he gave out names and addresses to his audience. The accusation was that information about his sitters was available from library lists, books and other documents, and that Higginson had been alone in the church for an hour before the sitting with the information.
Higginson's own comments about the allegations against him can be found in his book On the Side of Angels: Authorised Life Story compiled by Jean Bassett.
- Biography for Gordon Higginson
- Gordon Higginson (1918-1993)
- Jeffrey Iverson. (1992). In Search of The Dead: A Scientific Investigation of Evidence for Life After Death. HarperCollins. p. 138
- PsyPioneer. Volume 6. Number 4. April 2010
- Spiritualism by Joseph Crehan
- Jean Bassett. (1993). On the Side of Angels: Authorised Life Story. Tudor Press.