Brian Edward Hurst was born in Huntingdon, England. He attended Huntingdon Grammar School where he was known as a budding poet and actor, playing the melancholy Jaques in the school production of Shakespeare’s AsYou Like It.
At the age of 19 he moved to London and won a Major County Award to study at The London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. There he appeared in a number of productions and also performed as a film extra and actor for the BBC Producers’ Training School. He graduated with a Performer’s Diploma in Speech and Drama.
Brian taught at a Junior High School in London for three years, prior to leaving for India, where he taught English in Ahmedabad, Gujarat State, for two years.
Returning to England, he was offered employment as a specialist remedial teacher by the Cambridgeshire Education Authority, and held that position until he left England for the USA in 1980.
Throughout this time, Brian was attending Spiritualist Churches as a speaker and demonstrator during weekends. For many years he was a Trustee of the Huntingdon Spiritualist Church in Cambridgeshire. In 1978 and 1979 he witnessed and photographed the amazing husband and wife team from Australia, David and Helen Elizalde performing bare-hand psychic surgery in the healing rooms at the back of the church. Later, he defended the healers on the front page of London’s Psychic News. (At the request of David and Helen Elizalde, whose healing methods have now changed, the photographs and other information about their psychic surgery have been removed from this website)
Moving to California in 1980, Brian enrolled in California State College, San Bernardino, and was the prize-winning poet there in 1981. The Parapsychology Association of Riverside also certified him as a teacher and lecturer.
Later moving to Manhattan Beach, Brian was consulted by the young James Van Praagh. James received a message that he would one day be a well-known medium. James acknowledges this in his books.
In the early 1980′s Brian worked for some time in a doctor’s office and later began to do daily sittings where he established his reputation for providing detailed information from deceased personalities. At that time he also visited many hundreds of homes in Southern California, lecturing and demonstrating his abilities.
Soon Brian moved to Hollywood where he gave sittings to a number of movie stars and other celebrities. His friend Leslie Flint the well-known London medium came for vacations to Hollywood, staying at the house next door. Brian was invited in to witness a number of darkroom physical phenomena séances. In Leslie’s séance room Brian experienced the amazing disembodied voices of Dame Ellen Terry, Sir Oliver Lodge, Lionel Barrymore, Maurice Chevalier and his own Uncle Henry who gave him a highly evidential message from his deceased mother. The spirits were perfectly audible as they spoke in the darkened séance room and were clearly recorded by Brian and by several other sitters who were present.
For those who are unsure how dead people might genuinely speak in a séance room, please see the Dutch website which has a link further down. This website “Death No End” created by Michael Rogge of Amsterdam has excellent information about Leslie Flint and the creation of ‘ectoplasmic voice boxes.’ These strange floating materializations have been photographed with special infrared cameras. French Nobel prize-winning physiologist Prof. Charles Richet was able to prove the reality of these floating voice boxes and also the reality of ectoplasm as a temporary materialization. (He coined the word ‘ectoplasm’) These voice boxes served as a vehicle for the energy beings we call spirits to resonate on our vibrational frequency and to be recorded in Leslie’s séance room, in many instances as instantly recognizable personalities. Sitters also heard, in addition to family members, the voices of Dame Ellen Terry, Frederick Chopin, George Bernard Shaw, Queen Victoria, Amy Johnson, Leslie Howard, Maurice Chevalier, Lionel Barrymore, John Brown (Queen Victoria’s medium), Oscar Wilde, William Randolph Hearst, Gertrude Lawrence, Sir William Crookes, Sir Oliver Lodge and many others. The medium’s own throat was never used and these voices manifested independently through the floating voice boxes that were temporarily created in the air above Leslie’s head. (See photographs on the Dutch website mentioned above)
All grieving people should know of this truth: Leslie Flint’s mediumship proved survival beyond death and communication with another world. He was tested on numerous occasions by skeptical scientists from the British Society for Psychical Research and was never found to be fraudulent. We should not fear death. It is “the biggest illusion of the lot,” as the beautiful voice of Dame Ellen Terry remarked at a séance in Hollywood in 1987. She died in 1928 and to prove her continued existence and excellent memory she quoted Portia’s speech from the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare: “The quality of mercy is not strained…” She was word perfect in spite of having been ‘dead’ for so many years!
Excellent photographs of these ectoplasmic voice boxes may also be seen in “THE MEDIUMSHIP OF JACK WEBBER” by Harry Edwards, published by The Harry Edwards Spiritual Healing Trust, U.K. Jack Webber was a Welsh coal miner who had a similar gift to Leslie Flint. Jack died as a young man in 1940 after several séance room injuries where ignorant people turned on lights, causing the ectoplasm to fly back to the medium’s body too rapidly, producing shock. To some extent all physical mediums risk their lives and health when they sit for members of the public. Apart from the extreme rarity of physical mediumship, people with this extraordinary gift legitimately do not want to be injured by skeptics who may have negative personal agendas. That may be one reason why the average person does not get the opportunity to experience these things.
Leslie’s autobiography: Voices in the Dark – My life as a Medium tells the story of this amazing medium who died in April 1994 aged 83 after sixty years’ service to the Spiritualist Movement. The Leslie Flint Educational Foundation has been created to further the work of this dedicated medium. The Foundation offers for sale copies of some of the spirit voices received over the years in Leslie’s London séance room. As some of the recordings are over thirty years old, the public should not expect perfect reproduction. Nevertheless these messages from the world beyond death are a challenge to all thinking people and offer valid proof of survival. To learn more about this amazing man see: http://www.leslieflint.com and listen to Annie Nanji, a Swedish lady who died of cancer, speaking to her beloved Indian husband who was a doctor from Bombay. Dr. Nanji said: “This wasn’t someone impersonating my wife; it was my dead wife who knew so many things unknown to the medium, Leslie Flint.”
For about 15 years two psychic researchers named George Woods and Betty Greene went to London and tape recorded their private sittings with Leslie. They interviewed a few hundred ‘dead’ people and recorded much valuable information about the after-death experience. Copies of these wonderful tapes went all over the world, some of the recordings being featured on several BBC programs about life after death.
THE RETURN OF LESLIE FLINT:
In February 2012, British-born physical medium DAVID THOMPSON, now resident in Australia, visited California. He held several physical phenomena séances at a private home in the City of Corona. Brian Hurst joined over 30 sitters in a large garage attached to the house. David was firmly tied to a wooden chair. He was gagged and secured with strong cords and plant ties over and through his woolen cardigan so that he was totally unable to leave the chair or fake any phenomena. During the two hour séance materialized figures moved about in the pitch dark space, touched many sitters and answered questions. Later, a spirit boy spoke in the air and manipulated a luminous trumpet that flew around at top speed, gently touching Brian on the tip of his nose and on his knee without causing any injury. The spirit boy gripped a luminous plaque, walked around the garage and allowed all sitters to see his small fingers. As the boy passed, he gently patted Brian’s cheek. Later, a number of spirit voices spoke clearly in the air. Among them was heard Maurice Barbanell, former editor of London’s Psychic News and his guide Silver Birch who spoke rapidly in a native Indian tongue. The highlight of the evening was a deep voice that clearly said “Where’s Brian?” Brian responded “I’m over here.” There was a gurgling noise as ectoplasm approached Brian and the deep voice said “It’s Leslie. I never thought I would be able to talk to you like this. Your mother and father send their love and ask whether you remember Mr. Fisher.” Brian acknowledged that Mr. Fisher had been his speech therapist when he was a teenager. Leslie had never been told this previously. Leslie talked about being reunited with his friend Bram Rogers and commented that he had been back to his former home in Brighton, England, and had been disappointed that everything had changed. Leslie then referred to a failed séance in Hollywood that Brian had attended in 1986. At that time a couple of the sitters had blamed Brian for the failure, suggesting that he had taken Leslie’s power. (A ridiculous idea as Leslie was tired that evening and unable to be used) Leslie then referred to Brian as “a true friend” and added “You’re a dear boy. Stay the way you are.” Brian asked how much longer he had to live on earth (much laughter at this point) and Leslie replied: “Even if I knew that I wouldn’t be able to tell you.” To Brian’s amazement he suddenly felt the touch of Leslie’s fingers on both his cheeks. The ectoplasm made a gurgling noise as it retreated to the vicinity of the entranced medium and Leslie then spoke to Christine Morgan, who travelled with David Thompson. Leslie informed her that he was presently assisting an Englishman named Milligan to develop as a direct voice medium. Leslie departed and to everyone’s surprise, black musician Louis Armstrong spoke clearly in his exact earthly voice. Christine handed him a mouth organ and Louis Armstrong entertained the sitters with a lively piece of music followed by his well-known song ‘Hello Dolly.’ Just before the séance closed there was a loud thump from the center of the garage. When the lights were restored, David Thompson, still gagged and bound firmly to his chair, had been levitated from the corner of the garage to a plywood panel that had been placed in the center. When the sitters examined David they saw that his woolen cardigan had been totally reversed upon his body. All the ropes and plant ties were intact but the buttons were now down his back. Brian was deeply grateful for Leslie Flint’s message which was totally authentic and referred to events not known to David Thompson or anyone else sitting in the garage.
PHYSICAL MEDIUMSHIP AT BRIAN’S HOME IN RESEDA, CALIFORNIA:
In 1997 the four members of the Scole Experimental Group visiting from England held eight highly successful physical phenomena séances in Brian Hurst’s blacked out garage. Over 160 people witnessed the spirit lights that flew rapidly around the room and entered the bodies of some sitters who needed healing. There was also levitation of a small round table identified by luminous tabs. At various times spirit voices spoke rapidly from different corners of the room. Wind chimes that had a luminous paddle were also played loudly and then levitated around the pitch-dark garage, being ultimately placed back on a tiny hook in the rafters. Most impressive was the actual materialization of spirit arms and hands that moved around, touching people in the circle. One group also experienced the rapid footsteps of a spirit known as “the marathon man” as he circled the garage in partially materialized form, creating strong breezes that were felt by everyone present.
The four mediums, Robin and Sandra Foy, Alan & Diana Bennett, wore luminous armbands fastened with Velcro, and did not, at any time, leave their seats. Alan and Diana were in deep trance for most of the sittings, conveying messages from various spirit personalities who described with 100% accuracy the various phenomena as it occurred. Robin played background music on a small tape recorder, while his wife Sandra, a powerful and natural medium, spoke at intervals to the sitters.
One lady said: “I reached out in the dark and felt a warm man’s hand. I actually shook hands with the spirit. Curiously I leaned forward to touch the elbow and then the shoulder. I was quite shocked to find that the warm, living arm had no body attached.”
During one of the sittings people also felt the physical presence of an affectionate cat with a long furry tail that rubbed against their legs. On another occasion sitters commented that they could feel the presence of a friendly dog that wagged its tail and moved among them in a materialized form. From these very real experiences it can be deduced that animals also survive physical death and can manifest in séance rooms when there is suitable power and loving acceptance. The fact that such amazing phenomena could be reproduced so far from the dark cellar in Scole, Norfolk where the sittings originally took place, greatly impressed researchers. The Scole mediums made psychic history by their successful visit to California and the powerful impact they made upon the delighted sitters. A full account of the first sitting in the darkened garage is included in Brian’s autobiography “HEAVEN CAN HELP,” now republished by iUniverse in a new revised format with additional photographs and chapters. The first edition had some good reviews and sold many copies. This version is even better and includes detailed information about rare séance phenomena and suggestions for personal development.