Durville, Hector and Henri - I caused the double to be projected, and when it seemed sufficiently condensed I asked it to strike more blows on the table
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
David Scott Rogo - Leaving the Body: A Complete Guide to Astral Projection
Below is the complete protocol for one such experiment held in Durville's study. Two witnesses, a M. Dubois and another colleague, were present. The subject was placed in hypnosis and then the double was released through suggestion.
I caused the double to be projected, and when it seemed sufficiently condensed I asked it, when it could, to strike more blows on the table, After two or three minutes we heard some crackings in the table, which no one was touching, then two light blows were distinctly heard, as though struck with the tip of a finger. I asked the phantom to give two more raps. I had scarcely expressed this desire when two blows similar to the former ones were heard. I allowed the subject to rest for a few moments, then I asked the phantom to give three more raps, crackings were heard in the table and immediately afterwards three blows similar to the former ones were distinctly heard.
At this moment someone rang at the door. The subject became agitated, and I found that the phantom was no longer near the table, nor in the armchair placed for it on the subject's left, I asked the subject where the phantom was.
“lt has gone to see who is at the door," was the reply, I asked who it was that had come to disturb us, and if we should open the door. “lt is a man," she said, "who has come to see you; you can open the door".
I asked M, Dubois to go and open the door for the visitor, who was about to go away. lt was Dr. Ridet, who came to bring me a manuscript, He was shown into the study where the experiments were taking place.
The phantom had returned to the chair, but was disorganized, and the subject was enervated. I calmed her, and then tried to condense the phantom. When this appeared to be sufficiently accomplished, I asked it to approach the table and give two raps, After two or three minutes, crackings were heard in the table, and then three raps were heard, as though struck with the fleshy part of the fingers of the open hand.
The subject was enervated and afflicted by the presence of the new witness, with whom she was not acquainted, fearing a nervous attack, I awoke her gradually, with the usual precautions. Though somewhat fatigued, she was in good physical and mental condition.