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

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

Postby wkitwizard » January 22nd, 2009, 10:04 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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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 22nd, 2009, 11:39 am

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

Postby wkitwizard » January 22nd, 2009, 12:00 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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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 22nd, 2009, 12:13 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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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby wkitwizard » January 22nd, 2009, 12:30 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 » January 22nd, 2009, 12:31 pm

Ho, Ho, Ho (that's Santa Claus laughing).
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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby wkitwizard » January 22nd, 2009, 2:29 pm

To see a photo of mechanism in use, go to:
http://s586.photobucket.com/albums/ss30 ... =InUse.jpg

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

Postby wkitwizard » January 23rd, 2009, 3:25 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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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby wkitwizard » February 5th, 2009, 10:29 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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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby Jonathan Townsend » February 5th, 2009, 10:33 pm

thanks - wonderful :)
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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby wkitwizard » February 6th, 2009, 8:28 am

Hi Jonathan:
Thanks so much! Seems all I hear on this thread is "crickets".

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

Postby Jonathan Townsend » February 6th, 2009, 8:55 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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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby wkitwizard » February 6th, 2009, 1:42 pm

Funny. I don't do card tricks.

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

Postby Jonathan Townsend » February 6th, 2009, 2:09 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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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby Ray T. Stott » February 6th, 2009, 2:46 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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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby Ray T. Stott » February 6th, 2009, 3:05 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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Re: Thomas A. Edison's "Ghost In The Machine" prototype found!

Postby BlueEyed Videot » May 16th, 2009, 4:23 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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