|Posted by Christine Parkin on January 20, 2011 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
will be demonstrating his unique gift at just 3 venues in May 2011. The week after the Royal Wedding!
Places are limited so please make sure to book your tickets soon. My lists are growing daily.
Each event will start promptly at 7pm and you are respectfully requested to be settled in your seats 15 minutes before that time. For those who have yet to witness him work, Florencio plays music throughout, which can be quite loud, depending on the communicating artist!
WEDNESDAY 4th ~ Seaford Spirits, Seaford
THURSDAY 5th ~ Bloxham Church, Near Banbury, Oxford (to be confirmed)
FRIDAY 6th ~ Durrington Community Centre, Worthing
The oil paintings are sold at the end of a demonstration and are between £120 - £150, depending on size. All proceeds go to the Brazilian orphanage that Florencio supports. It is advised to pay in cash as there are no facilities to pay by card or cheque.
I will endeavour to provide suitable boxes to safely transport the paintings home. Last year, we used paper but found this tricky with wet oil paint!
Either email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07838 257755 to book tickets. £18 each or £160 for 10. Payment can be made by cheque, payable to Christine Parkin and posted to
24 Adelaide Close
Authorised tickets will be emailed so please make sure you submit a valid address.
|Posted by Christine Parkin on November 30, 2010 at 6:15 AM||comments (1)|
The Amazing Brazilian Trance Medium Artist
Florencio will be returning to the UK in May 2011 to demonstrate his unique gift of mediumship. Read Roy Stemman's review at http://paranormalreview.com/articles/20100502
If you missed him at Petowrth or Balham this year, be sure to book your tickets early. Give me a call on 01903 691030 or 07838 257755 to place your name on the list.
VENUES & DATES to be finalised
We expect Florencio to arrive Tuesday 3rd May and return to Brazil on Friday 6th May.
Here is an overview of Roy Stemman's article:
A Vincent van Gogh now adorns my wall
publication date: May 2, 2010
I have just bought a beautiful Vincent van Gogh oil on canvas painting. It's a stunning scene of swirling clouds dancing in a blue sky above undulating golden fields. Immediately recognisable as being in the style of van Gogh, it carries his familiar signature: Vincent.
The highest price ever paid at auction for a van Gogh painting was US$82 million (£53.6m) in 1990, so I reckon I've got a bargain. Mine cost £140.
What's more, I saw van Gogh produce the 70cm x 50cm painting with my own eyes and videoed the event. It took him just 11 minutes.
Now, before you point out that van Gogh has been dead for 120 years, let me explain the phenomenon in greater detail.
Although Vincent apparently produced the painting, he wasn't visible to me or the 50 or so people who had gathered in a public hall in Petworth, West Sussex, to witness the event. Instead, he used the tall, well-built body of Florencio Anton, a 37-year-old Brazilian medium who was making a brief visit to the United Kingdom - his first - in order to raise funds for a school which his Scheilla Spiritist Group, a Brazilian-government approved charity, runs in Mussurunga to help needy children and poor families (click here for a YouTube video).
Guiding Florencio's latex-gloved hands with impressive dexterity, much of van Gogh's artistry was achieved by spreading paint around the canvas with his palms, then using a thumb or finger to build certain features, before adding finer details with brushes and finally signing the artwork.
When the result was held up to view, the audience applauded enthusiastically.
Two assistants on each side of him were needed at times to hold the canvases steady as his fast moving hands almost massaged the scenes to life with rapid movements after squeezing paint from an array of tubes on either side of the work area.
My colleague Danny Lee bought another of van Gogh's works - a colourful flower display - and there were a further nine canvases that were up for sale at the end of the two-and-a-half hour demonstration (see panel at foot of this report).
The dead artists who apparently produced these included Renoir, Picasso, Modigliano and Miró.
Florencio says he became aware of spirit people at the age of eight and began developing his mediumship at the age of 11, producing spirit voices and automatic writing and first. Then dead artists began working through him and he has been giving public demonstrations for the past 20 years during which time he has produced over 5,000 paintings by over 100 artists. Each is said to be unique: he has never produced the same image more than once.
And yet, when he is not in a "hypnogogic state" - his term for trance - and being controlled by famous dead artists, Florencio insists that he cannot paint or draw well. He earns his living, instead, by teaching and working as a regression therapist. He is also studying to be a nurse.
Florencio gave his demonstration at Leconfield Hall, Petworth, on 30 April and followed this the next night with another presentation at Balham Spiritualist Church in South London. These meetings were organised by West Sussex medium and healer Christine Parkin in conjunction with Danish Spiritists with whom he has enjoyed a five-year association.
Christine tells me he produced a further eight paintings by various artists at Balham. Before arriving in England he had been demonstrating daily in Denmark so, in total, he produced 100 works of art during one week in Europe. In Brazil, he demonstrates this form of mediumship just once a month.
So, how do we explain this impressive phenomenon? It seems to me there are three alternatives.
Sceptics will argue that he is a very talented man who is simply pretending - consciously or subconsciously - to be controlled by the spirits of dead artists. There have been many accomplished artists, of course, who have fooled experts by producing paintings that appeared to be by famous old masters. Here, however, there is no attempt to pass off the pictures as originals: the methods used appear to be very different. What is also astonishing is the speed with which they are produced.
Another possibility is that Florencio's higher consciousness has absorbed enough information about the work of famous artists to be able to produce paintings in their style. If this is the explanation, there would be no deception on Florencio's part; he would simply be misinterpreting what happens to him in a trance and attributing it to outside forces, which brings us to the third possibility.
Could it be that Florencio Anton is actually possessed by spirits of famous artists who produce new paintings in the same style they used when alive? I asked him why, if that is so, they continue to paint pictures of Earth-like scenes. He told me that his understanding is that these scenes are not of our existence but of a plane of existence in the next world that is close to Earth and similar in appearance.
That explanation doesn't satisfy me, unless the discarnate people living in that realm of existence continue to dress as they did at the time of the artists' earthly existence. But in some respects that's a minor criticism.
I'm totally open to the possibility that Florencio Anton's hands are being guided by dead artists, but without more convincing proof I must also keep an open mind as far as alternative explanations are concerned. And I'd be pleased to hear visitors' views about what other alternatives may need to be considered.
That said, there's no denying that I am also extremely impressed with the speed of execution of these works of art, the variety of styles in which they are produced and the quality of the paintings.
And, best of all, I'm delighted to be the owner of a "new" Vincent van Gogh masterpiece and to know that the price I paid will be put to good use among poor families in Brazil. For that reason, I hope the Florencio Anton will continue to demonstrate his remarkable talent for many years to come.
|Posted by Christine Parkin on November 26, 2010 at 7:32 AM||comments (0)|
I have been working regularly in Norway since the beginning of 2010, thanks to meeting up with Pamela Fornell Haugeland last year at the Arthur Findlay College, Stansted. The Norwegians are very nice people to work with, understand English (hoorah!) and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of working over there.
In February, the glossy magazine, "Medium," ran a 4-page interview after a demonstration in Asker with Philip Holden and I was subsequently invited to work in Bergen at Magic Town's Alternative Fair. What surprised me most was that as soon as the doors opened, I had a queue of people for readings with Spirit Art and was kept busy for the whole weekend.
After Bergen, I demonstrated mediumship through Spirit Art in October at the only Spiritualist Church in Oslo. They booked me on a healing night (which was a little strange, I thought) but my communicators didn't seem to mind and we had a surprise "visit" from one of Norway's resistance heroes whose beloved wife had just joined him in Spirit.
Lillestrom was a huge event over three days from 19-21 November with literally thousands of people attending. There were 400 exhibitors from many different countries and demonstrations held throughout each day in 17 very well equipped rooms. I have never worked in front of such a huge screen before! My Spirit portraits were filmed in glorious high definition. At one point, the camera stopped working and we had no live feed on the screen. The engineer had rigged up a ladder (!!) with my camera attached to it and then run off to help out someone else.
I had no choice but to climb the ladder to sort out the problem..... and surprise, surprise... I "picked up" my next spirit communicator mid-climb who turned out to be an electrician! I think the Spirit World was having a bit of fun with me that day.
Uri Geller gave a talk and the American lady who "channels Einstein" also demonstrated. Again, I didn't get chance to see these demonstrations because Pamela and I were kept busy with readings.
Pamela runs a lovely little spiritual centre in Asker, which is about an hour's drive away from Oslo. She is the Vice President of the Norwegian Healers' Association, a member of the SNU and was, until recently, on the committee for the Norwegian Horse Federation. This summer, Pamela held an Animal Communication workshop in Worthing and I have asked her to arrange a return visit in 2011 to accommodate all those who have since expressed an interest in this fascinating subject.
I shall be back in Norway in February to work with students on a mediumship course with a special interest in Spirit Art.
This will be the "warm up workshop" before Paul Jacobs' visit in May and Simone Key in November. Both are senior tutors at the Arthur Findlay College.
Now I must get things ready for tonight's Evening of Clairvoyance with Maggie Carrington at the Durrington Centre. Hope to see you there!
|Posted by Christine Parkin on November 26, 2010 at 7:29 AM||comments (0)|
NEW GROUP FOR 2011
|Posted by Christine Parkin on October 20, 2010 at 7:50 AM||comments (0)|
If you feel that you would like to test your wings in a safe and friendly environment, then please let me know. If numbers permit, you may be offered a place in the Mediumship Circle, which is run on TUESDAY evenings in Durrington or, just ask to be included on the platform of any Fledgling Night, as advertised.
FRIDAY 1st OCTOBER 2010
It was a dreadful, wet and windy evening but for those who turned up to support our three mediums, there was laughter and a few heartfelt moments of communication from the Spirit world.
Our next Fledglings Evening at Durrington Community Centre will be on
FRIDAY 1st APRIL 2011 starting at 7.30pm
If you are interested, put the date in your diary and have a word with me before the event. It will be FUN, I promise.