Savage, Dr Minot Judson - Psychics : facts and theories – 19 The battle with an invisible assailant for the accordion
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Psychics : facts and theories – M J Savage
Professor Crookes, of London, relates having seen and heard an accordion played on while it was inclosed in a wire net-work and not touched by any visible hand.
I have seen an approach to the same thing. In daylight, I have seen a man hold an accordion in the air not more than three feet away from me. He held it by one hand grasping the side opposite to that on which the keys were fixed. In this position, it, or something, played long tunes, the side containing the keys being pushed in and drawn out without any contact that I could see. I then said :
" Will it not play for me ? "
The reply was : " I don't know ; you can try it."
I then took the accordion in my hands. There was no music; but what did occur was quite as inexplicable to me, and quite as convincing as a display of some kind of power. I know not how to express it, except by saying that the accordion was seized as if by someone trying to take it away from me. To test this power, I grasped the instrument with both hands. The struggle was as real as though my antagonist were another man. I succeeded in keeping it, but only by the most strenuous effort.