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Manning, Matthew - The Link - 04 Floating rubbers and pinging sounds



Type of Spiritual Experience


At the time the poltergeist phenomena was occurring I was due to sit the Common Entrance Examination which would determine which school I was to go to after I had left preparatory school, and I was very tense. I believe that this may have been a contributory factor to the outbreak of the phenomenon in the first place, and that because of the tension I felt, I was generating "energy" which was helping to cause the poltergeist activity. [MM]

A description of the experience

The Link – Matthew Manning

Seated on a settee, my sister had been drawing, with her work on her knees; she had made a mistake, and wanting to correct it, she looked for her rubber, which she had used earlier, but now seemed lost. She sat alone in the living room, as I entered it. I stopped dead in my tracks as I saw rising behind her a rubber, ascending slowly from behind the settee on which she sat. At the same moment as I saw it, she too caught sight of it. It rose about five feet from the floor, hung in the air, and slowly floated down to land beside her. Although it was her lost rubber, we were terrified for the first time and rushed from the house.

One event that assured us that the force resided not in our house but in a member of the family took place in another house, some twenty miles away. On arriving at my grand-parents home one Sunday, my mother placed her coat upstairs, laid flat on a bed. When we came to leave and my mother went to fetch her coat, she found it arranged on the floor at the side of the bed, in the same manner as it had been left on the bed. Although my grand-parents would not hear of our explanation, we realised that it was probably one of those poltergeist manifestations.

In many ways the most interesting aspect of the phenomenon was a "pinging" sound that we often heard; it seemed to rebound off windows or radiators, and occasionally glass or china; although it sounded like tiny beads striking these objects, the sound was similar to that made by a bat. It occurred to us that the poltergeist was perhaps employing a technique comparable to that of a bat, in negotiating articles through the air and round corners; was it possible that on much the same principle as a bat uses an echo-sounding device to avoid obstacles,the poltergeist was using similar methods?

The source of the experience

Manning, Matthew

Concepts, symbols and science items




Science Items

Activities and commonsteps





Being a child
Brain damage