Mediumship: In History and Today

mediumeyeA Presentation with Paul Selig and Mitch Horowitz
Date: Friday, April 29th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $9
Presented by: Phantasmaphile

This special evening with occult scholar Mitch Horowitz and celebrated medium Paul Selig presents a remarkable opportunity to combine the experience of occult history with an intimate demonstration of mediumship.

There exists a tremendous upsurge today in “channeled” religious messages. Even the current pope has formally questioned – rather than censured – certain forms of it. Among alternative religious seekers, channeling forms a mass culture, which produces some of today’s leading mystical literature. This contemporary trend echoes the spread of Spiritualism, or talking to the dead, which swept America in the mid-nineteenth century.

In this unusual and distinctive program, Mitch Horowitz explores the history of mediumship and channeling – particularly as the phenomena have shaped religious history in America. He considers the lives of figures such as medical clairvoyant Edgar Cayce, Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, and Spiritualist devotee Mary Todd Lincoln, and looks at today’s revolution in channeled teachings. Paul Selig then provides an actual, impromptu experience of channeling. In addition to being a widely produced and award-winning playwright, Paul is a channel medium of more than 15 years with a growing following. The teachings that emanate from Paul’s guides – unseen teachers who speak through him – form one of the most vivid, bracing, and intelligent examples of occult communication in the spiritual culture today.

This is a distinctive opportunity to learn about the serious history of mediumship – and to have an up-close experience of its present-day reality.

Paul Selig is a writer, teacher and conscious channel. His channeled book, I Am the Word, was published by Tarcher/Penguin in 2010. Paul has led channeled energy groups for nearly16 years and maintains a private practice as a psychic in New York City. Also a noted playwright, he directs the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College and serves on the faculty of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He will conduct channeled workshops this year at the Esalen Institute in California, the Jungian Institute in Vermont, and at Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment in New York. You can reach him online at

Mitch Horowitz is the editor-in-chief of Tarcher/Penguin and the author of Occult America (Bantam), which The Washington Post Book World called: “Fascinating…a serious, wide-ranging study of all the magical, mystical, and spiritual movements that have arisen and influenced American history in often-surprising ways.”  The book received the 2010 PEN Oakland/ Josephine Miles Award for literary excellence. Horowitz has recently written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Big Think, and Boing Boing. He has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, and All Things Considered. You can visit him online at

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