Stephen Holbrook Jun 29, 2012 14:34:26 GMT
Post by Mr. Jon Donnis on Jun 29, 2012 14:34:26 GMT
Here we go again. I have read about Stephen Holbrook on his web site and also seen his adverts in the local papers. From his web site it is clear that he has a very busy schedule of demonstration with over 60 dates till end of March 2006. He charges from £10-£15 per ticket depending on the venue.
On Sunday 20th November 2005 I went along to the Hilton Hotel in St. Helens. It was a nice venue and the demonstration was held in one of the Conference Suites. At the entrance sat two people selling tickets, one of which was Stephen Holbrook. The suite had about 200 seats and I estimate that there were about 180 people present. The room was extremely warm/hot as the air conditioning was not on.
Stephen Holbrook took to the front and introduced himself and gave us some background about himself and his first experience with spirit. He told us that he works 26 nights a month for 9 months. If you do the maths with an average audience of 150 then this will equate to some £380K+ per annum! He also told us that he had been offered several TV contracts including a contract for £137K for 8 weeks work. He told us he turned them all down because he does not want to do TV work. He mentioned his books which were available for sale.
He then explained how he works which is that he is clairaudient and hears spirit speaking to him. When spirit speak to him he would relay that information to us and if we thought it was for us then we should immediately put our hand up. If we did not put our hand up in the first 10 seconds then the “energy” would fade and be lost and we would not get our message and how bad would we feel then etc. We were told not to worry if several people raised their hands as he would quickly work out who the message was for.
Now this 10 second condition is a great psychological pressure on the audience and will ensure that there are no long pauses when he throws out general information. This gives the impression, when somebody claims it “immediately,” that he must be “spot on” with the information. I find this way of working very poor mediumship because any relative/friend etc in the spirit world knows exactly where I am in the audience. If the medium has a good link with spirit then spirit can direct the medium to me. Mediums who work in this way can be accused of using cold reading techniques, fishing etc as they “feed off” the audience. This is not clairvoyance!
In addition the more timid in the audience are unlikely to put their hands up quickly while the extrovert/believer will. Some, I am sure, will put their hand up regardless of what is thrown out, as they can be of the view that they have paid their £10-15, so they will do all they can to get a message.
Also there was no roving mike for the audience which meant that the person receiving the message had to speak loudly to be heard. Again this can be very intimidating as many people are not used to being in the public eye.
He did ask questions of the audience many times like “your mothers in spirit, is she?” “you have a boy in spirit, do you?”etc etc. As opposed to saying “I have your mother here” or “I have your son with me”.
Although during the demonstration Stephen Holbrook did get “Yes’s” they were often very hesitantly delivered as if they really were not too sure about the information but did not want to contradict this well know medium who “obviously” knew what he was doing.
His delivery can be quiet entertaining and amusing and he did get the crowd laughing. He reminded me more of a cabaret comic/entertainer than someone who was proving life beyond death.
However when you take away all the froth and bubble of the message again you are left with little substance and it leaves me with more questions about his true abilities. As far as I am concerned Stephen Holbrook is a business which just wants to increase its turnover and profits. If in the process it happens to bring comfort to people then that’s all well and good.
Having said that I think the majority of the people there thought he was very good. I still cannot believe how gullible people are. If they were only more discerning and actually listened to what was being said then it would become obvious that it is not quiet what it seems. I just guess for some people when you produce the facts they still will not listen and happily spend their money feathering the medium’s nest.
Transcript of a message.
Stephen Holbrook = SH
Recipient = R
My comments in Bold
SH. Who lost their dad to the spirit it world, not that long, probably 18 months ago, September is significant. Where are you? (he asks the audience) His passing, your birthday, anniversary. I don’t know. September. Hello (SH notices a hand up) well done. Are you knew? September! Hello! I need your hands up quickly. Hello. Wait a minute. (he focuses on a young lady who look in her early 30s) Is your dad in the spirit world?
SH. It’s you after all. Hang on wait a minute. Please don’t be scared. Has been gone in the last 18 months?
SH. September. Why?
R. Saddest day.
SH. That what he said. (easy to say that now when he has just have just been told by the recipient) Thank you, sorry everybody (to all the others that had put their hands up), it was you I was after. So this is a bald man. That means a cap up ………for goodness sake. Please ladies and gentleman don’t spoil it, don’t have me going round during important people. I can only hold the energy till I loose it (in other words he now puts all the pressure on the recipient for the success of the message and not him where it should rightly be) can I have a voice yes or no.
SH. Your dad’s here and he’s chuffed to say, I don’t believe that you are at one of these evenings. OK!
SH. And do you know that he wouldn’t have just laughed at you, he would have told you it’s a total waste of time and money.
SH. He’s here, but anyway he’s here. Do you know he has just said that I went quicker than I thought I was going to. (probably what we would all say is it not)
SH. And do you know something my love, you never said goodbye properly.(does anyone)
SH. And you know something, you spoke to him this morning.
SH. And he has just said you told me you love me.
SH. And I’m going to tell you something, he said you did, and he said you were in the bathroom when you told him.
SH. Yes, and I was watching ya. No he wasn’t, he’s winding you up, but I’m going to tell you something my love, you didn’t want to put your hand up because you were nervous. You’re not going to be nervous now. Can I tell you something my love, its people like a lead weight………..when you think about it you get upset. Understand?
SH. Well your not going to be upset to night love, he’s going to make you smile, he’s just going to tell you something else as well. Happy birthday. Why?
R. Ours birthday
SH. Well done, and do you know something, you wanted your dad to come back before Xmas.
SH. And he has just said, you’ve been thinking about it today. Do you understand!
SH. And he has just said listen, you think I tried to let you know I’m OK.
SH. Damn right I am and do you know what, he has just said, I move things in your house. And do you put things down and you know you put them there.
SH. And you think well I know, but its gone. Do you understand?
SH. That’s him, he got a bag full of it here. And I am going to tell you something my love he was a character.(we are all characters)
SH. And I’m going to tell you something my love. Thursday, thank you. Why was Thursday significant? Was it the funeral?
SH. Do you know, can I have your voice. Is your mum still living? (another question, why? If mum is in spirit he should know)
SH. She’s not here is she? (another question)
SH. No. Can I tell you this.
SH. Your mother’s changed. She has needed a lot of support. OK! (having lost her husband fairly recently that would be natural)
SH. I’m going to tell you something. You love your mum but you don’t always understand.
R. Don’t I?
SH. Do you know I’m going to tell you something else as well, please don’t deny to me
The tape now becomes almost inaudible and I do not want to guess at the word spoken. However this was virtually the end of the message
You should look at the above message and truly ask yourself is this proof of survival?