Leslie Flint was born in London in 1910. At the age of eight, he saw the apparition of a deceased uncle in his grandmother’s kitchen. Around the same time, he became aware that the voices whispering all round him were not of this world.

Flint worked as a cemetery gardener, grave-digger, a semi-professional dancer, a cinema usher and a barman before he attempted mediumship. He founded a spiritualist circle in Sydney Grove, Hendon, to demonstrate his psychic gifts and prove the “spirit-transcended existence of the physical body.” He conducted his first seance at the age of 17. His first public seance was held in 1955 for an association he had formed named the Temple of Light.

Flint had a spirit guide named Mickey, who was a child killed in 1910. But his connection was not limited to Mickey. An avid fan of Rudolph Valentino, he made repeated contact with the spirit of the man as well as other notable persons. But most of the spirit voices were of ordinary people, sending messages of hope and comfort to those attending his demonstrations.

Flint didn’t use trumpets or other paraphernalia. While sitting in total darkness, he worked wide awake, not in a trance. During seances, people reported hearing voices from all around the room. They could respond to family, strangers and famous individuals who manifested around Flint. Despite his gaining popularity, he never charged for his seances.

In the mid-1930s, Flint was filling the biggest halls in London and answering mailbags of letters. He submitted to a variety of tests to disprove accusations of ventriloquism or other deceptions. In one seance, he held a measured quantity of colored water in his mouth during the demonstration.  A throat microphone was used to register vibrations from his larynx while the voices spoke during another gathering. Flint said, “I have been boxed up, tied up, sealed up, gagged, bound and held – and still the voices have come to speak their message of life eternal…”

Flint eventually allowed anyone to tape-record his seances. Recordings are now stored at the University of Manitoba. About 2,000 audiotapes and 300 books make up the collection.

As Flint aged, bronchitis and other health problems took their toll. His abilities became unreliable and the voices faded.  He died in May of 1994.

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