Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

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Postby wkitwizard » 01/22/09 11:04 AM

Years after his death, skeptics debated the actual validity to Edison's claim that he was working on a device to speak with the dead. Now, uncovered for the first time,
a working prototype has been discovered. The images are available for viewing at:
http://s586.photobucket.com/albums/ss30 ... Patent.jpg
http://s586.photobucket.com/albums/ss30 ... terior.jpg
http://s586.photobucket.com/albums/ss30 ... terior.jpg
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/22/09 12:39 PM

That's a wonderful setup - creepy too.

Any details about its usage etc?

Was this item part of the movie listed here:

http://zpmovies.com/news/
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Postby wkitwizard » 01/22/09 01:00 PM

The items pictured are reworked "Ghost in the Machine" by Lebanon Circle in the UK.
The machine to talk with the dead was thought to be a hoax that Edison played on reporters. He discussed many ideas about human magnetic fields, and they continue
to exist after the body dies, and there might be a way to get in contact with that force, but he never got past the talking stage-even though Dunninger said he saw a prototype.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/22/09 01:13 PM

Thanks

Been wondering how one might distinguish between the dead, the "yet to be born", those in alternate universes, and aliens trying to mess with us by telling us what they think we want to hear.

Getting Edison involved in a mentalism item seens like fun - again thanks.
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Postby wkitwizard » 01/22/09 01:30 PM

Dan at Lebanon Circle in the UK, and Tim Wiseman at Hokus Pocus both offered machines that talk with the dead. My purpose was to take the Lebanon Circle apparatus to another level-incorporating the Edison myth with enhanced elements, such as the authentic decals, strange wooden box, voice tube, original Edison 1904 light bulb, and patent copy. The more you convince a group of sitters that they're watching authentic spirit activity, the more impacting the seance performance.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/22/09 01:31 PM

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Postby wkitwizard » 01/22/09 03:29 PM

To see a photo of mechanism in use, go to:
http://s586.photobucket.com/albums/ss30 ... =InUse.jpg
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Postby wkitwizard » 01/23/09 04:25 PM

With the "feedback" from various enthusiasts around the web, I've decided to display NEW photos of the Edison apparatus with it's new housing and upgrade configuration.
Hope it meets with everyone's approval.
Sure.
http://s586.photobucket.com/albums/ss30 ... ideBox.jpg
http://s586.photobucket.com/albums/ss30 ... debox3.jpg
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Postby wkitwizard » 02/05/09 11:29 PM

For those who want to see a 1930 magazine ad for this apparatus please go to:
http://s586.photobucket.com/albums/ss30 ... isonAd.jpg
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 02/05/09 11:33 PM

thanks - wonderful :)
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Postby wkitwizard » 02/06/09 09:28 AM

Hi Jonathan:
Thanks so much! Seems all I hear on this thread is "crickets".
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 02/06/09 09:55 AM

Maybe if you included a mention of how some have heard the voice of Erdnase and been told where to find selected cards?
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Postby wkitwizard » 02/06/09 02:42 PM

Funny. I don't do card tricks.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 02/06/09 03:09 PM

wkitwizard wrote:Funny. I don't do card tricks.


Uh oh - time to put on the robes

The power of Vernon compels you
The power of Vernon compels you

now touch the good book (proffering a copy of 'expert at the card table') and be healed!

I wonder what happend to Houdini's machine. You know he had to have bought one. Maybe he bought up the lot and yours is one of the few not locked up?
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Postby Ray T. Stott » 02/06/09 03:46 PM

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
wkitwizard wrote:Funny. I don't do card tricks.


Uh oh - time to put on the robes

The power of Vernon compels you
The power of Vernon compels you

now touch the good book (proffering a copy of 'expert at the card table') and be healed!

I wonder what happend to Houdini's machine. You know he had to have bought one. Maybe he bought up the lot and yours is one of the few not locked up?


:D :D

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Postby Ray T. Stott » 02/06/09 04:05 PM

The Hocus Pocus model, when played backwards, one could hear "Paul is dead and Turn me on dead man.", over and over again.

Cleverly made box with a chip in it that contained certain cuts from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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Postby BlueEyed Videot » 05/16/09 04:23 AM

Well I for one, after just finding this thread, am extremely appreciative of the photos of your unique "Edison" apparatus. I got a particular kick out of reading the Patent application--it really tickled me--and the magazine ad.

I also very much enjoyed the Magic Cafe Stories book cover which was also found among the Edison pictures.
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