Physical Medium Gary Mannion Exposed Committing Fraud

Videos now exist showing a well-known UK physical medium engaging in fraudulent activity during a séance.  Nic Whitham of Banyan Retreat smuggled a night-vision video camera into a séance room to reportedly catch physical medium Gary Mannion leaving his ‘cabinet’ to act out phenomena attributed to the deceased.  These videos were released recently and may have been covered extensively in the UK, but I really want to be sure my American audience sees these videos as well.  It is really important to see how fraud can be achieved easily in these situations.  I am a believer in mediumship in general, and it makes fraud all the more repugnant to me.

I have to extend my sincere appreciation to Dave Haith for always keeping me up to date with the spiritual goings-on in the UK. This tip came from him a few weeks ago via email otherwise I may have never known about it. Thank you Dave!

The videos can be obtained here:

Here is the statement made by Whitman of the occurrence:

As you may be aware we had good reason and were morally obliged to offer a refund to all who attended a recent séance at Banyan Retreat with Gary Mannion on the 1st May, 2016.
We have decided to make everyone aware of our reasons for doing this and the source of our concerns. We believe the alleged phenomena and trance that took place throughout the evening was of this world and had no influence from the Spirit world. This is not and will never be behaviour we accept or endorse. It is most important to us to protect the honesty and integrity of the reputable mediums and tutors we host at Banyan Retreat, and also honour the trust placed in us by the Spirit world to do so.  Despite these despicable activities, there are genuine, although rare physical mediums who dedicate their lives to working with the Spirit world. Phenomenon in itself is not proof of life after life and any sitter in a physical séance should use common sense and rational and be open minded to assess that which is taking place is genuine. […] I am sure you will agree, this clearly demonstrates all that took place during this event is of this world and not the Spirit world.”

I am always saddened and disappointed when a medium is discovered to be a fraud.  For those people who believed, it destroys their trust and may do irreparable spiritual damage.  For those who are grieving, the pain is incalculable.  I can’t think of anything more monstrous than to take advantage of grieving people.  It also damages the credibility of genuine mediums, both mental mediums and the dwindling number of real physical mediums who exercise their gifts usually in obscurity and for little money – just for the satisfaction of being able to help others.

Each time a medium is caught engaging in fraud, the closed-minded skeptics pounce and reassert their belief that all mediumship is bunk.  I am sure they get more converts to their way of thinking each time fraud is revealed.  Unfortunately, the field is rife with frauds or mediums with mediocre ability (I call them half-frauds because they pepper their real demonstration with cold-reading and other tactics) but we should not become discouraged that real mediumship isn’t out there. Better education on fraudulent tactics and more rigorous certification of genuine mediums can help separate the wheat from the chaff.

The first video on the site shows the “medium” walking to each audience member and touching them with a trumpet. Can you see how close the medium comes to each person? Why did none of these people put out a hand when the medium was standing right in front of them waving a trumpet around?  One hand, thrust out straight while the trumpet was in front of the person would have taken down the whole game.  How did Gary Mannion know that none of the sitters would do that? Because they have been conditioned not to disrupt, question, or demand better.

Let’s demand better.  Check out the Scole Experiment, which was a 5-year investigation and demonstration of physical mediumship and overseen in part by the Society for Psychical Research, the oldest and most revered psychical society in England.

You can also read their report of their extensive tests and observations called The Scole Report which is described as “a 334-page, scholarly, scientific, illustrated record of the research conducted by the three principal scientific investigators, Professor Arthur Ellison (Electrical Engineering), former SPR President Montague Keen, and Professor David Fontana (Psychology). ”

You may think the results provide fantastic evidence of the afterlife, or perhaps you will believe at the end of the day the results are inconclusive.  The point is that a real investigation was done and properly analyzed by experts in the field.

Mediumship needs to be elevated from a common stage show to a real field of research.  Luckily, people like Dr. Julie Beischel and the Windbridge Institute are beginning to do this type of important work in the modern-day, along with many people in the great history of spiritualism.

Until then, it is up to us to refuse to accept with wide-eyed wonder every medium in sparkly shoes who dances across our television sets or publishes one book of platitudes after another.  Keep an open mind and critical eye – the truth is out there but its more rare and elusive than we have been led to believe by new-age publishers and television producers greedy to devour hope and hopelessness alike.  Belief and trust are sacred; be discriminating and bestow it only on the most deserving.  Remember that the shiniest coin may not be the most valuable.


75 thoughts on “Physical Medium Gary Mannion Exposed Committing Fraud

  1. Sadly, comment moderation has been turned on for now. The accusations have been flying from both sides. It’s very simple: comments will be deleted if they are off-topic, vulgar, spam, etc. Engage in polite conversation and we don’t have to have any more issues. I am not discussing this further.


  2. Jen, I have been trying to find a way to address possible trickery without harming the paranormalist community. So far, no ideas. You clearly practice suspended judgment, I suspect, because you understand how difficult it is for us to change our mind once it has been made up. The momentum of belief is part of the problem … that and the assumption of intellectual authority by many of us as we judge experiences.

    The fact is, we do not understand all of the ways trans-etheric influences occur. An example is Electronic Voice Phenomena. After more than fifty years, we kind of understand how audio recorders can fool us with mundane artifacts, but we have little experience with some of the computer-based programs/apps. I have seen way too many reports of phenomena which were actually mundane artifacts. Yet, the claimant almost always insists with great certainty that they have captured proof positive of survival.

    Mediumship is no different. I know first hand how matter-through-matter is often demonstrated in physical mediumship circles. Combine the ability to easily pass arms through cable wrap and restraining jacket with the medium being in very deep trance, and you have the makings of a trance puppet. I know some psychical mediums are fearful of this, which is partially why Kai Muegge likes to be restrained by sitters when the lights are out.

    I do not know if Gary Mannion was faking as the video shows or if he was a trance puppet at the time. Has he admitted this? He certainly has been punished for it. I do know that public airing of the possibility is and will continue to do great harm to our community. I have sparred with enough super skeptical editors in Wikipedia to know that these public discussion will be used to further convince mainstream society that paranormalists are frauds who need to be pushed aside to protect society. That is why Pseudoscience, Fringe Science and Paranormal have been made Wikipedia policy (

    Our ability to openly study these phenomena is not a given. There are powerful organizations that do not want us to seem rational. The more Gary Mannion reports we publish, the less likely it becomes that we will see serious researchers join in our search for understanding.

    To keep this in perspective, the continuum of the study of frontier subjects is from psychology (mind is brain), anomalistic psychology (mind is brain and phenomena is delusion), exceptional experience psychology (mind is brain plus psi), parapsychology (mind separate from brain plus psi) and a few survival phenomena researchers such as Beischel and Schwartz. (OOBE, NDE and reincarnation are studies of human experience that fits best under parapsychology and do not actually contribute much to survival studies.) My work and similar by others who are not aligned with the doctorate only associations are way of this continuum. In fact, the assumption in mainstream academia that we are all delusional is so prevalent that there is hardly any movement by academically trained researchers toward the study of survival phenomena.

    I accept that you needed to report it, but Gary Mannion article only accelerates our contraction.


  3. Mel Phil Myself and my partner attended all three of Gary’s seances in January 2017 at Wallacia, and can confirm the transcripts and the other sitter’s experiences to be true, having been involved in searching the room (and chair), checking the Medium and securing the cable ties.

    In particular what stood out was the voice box which formed at the end of the trumpet, visible for all to see, dispelling any ideas that this may be a clever trick of the Medium when previously experienced in darkened rooms.

    These experiments, and proof of survival shown to us by Jimmy and the Team will revolutionise the way we communicate with Spirit, especially when scientifically verified, and I urge those who may be feeling betrayed by recent events to have Faith in Spirit and allow them to clear Gary’s name.

    Perhaps this whole chain of events of recent months was used to test our Faith and prepare us for bigger challenges ahead, perhaps as Science once again lock horns with Religion, and we may find that those very scientists, once considered to be our adversaries, may now in fact become our allies?

    If you are unable to consider the idea that these seances were not faked, then if possible, please dig deep into your Spiritual values and allow for the Truth to emerge, including forgiveness and reconciliation?

    Love and Light,


    1. Hi Mel, thank you for your comment. I cannot speak for all of Gary’s séances, and I could understand that even a real talented medium might feel some pressure on an ‘off’ day to do something rather than disappoint all of the sitters. Perhaps that is what happened in this instance. I am not angry with Gary, just disappointed – as the skeptics predictably run with this as proof that all mediums are fake. I do think this particular séance was faked, based on the video evidence. However, I would be willing to suspend judgement of his abilities as a whole at least until I could myself participate. If Gary Mannion is a talented medium who simply had an off day, then I hope that he learned to have the courage to be honest with his sitters instead of doing what we saw on the video. I do believe there are talented mediums out there, and I appreciate your vote of confidence. I’m glad you had a good experience with Gary, and I will keep that in mind. I don’t hold grudges, and I hope Gary can work to regain the trust of his audience.
      Thanks again for your comment,


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