Different Kinds of Mediums

The differences between Mental-Physical and Trance Mediumship explain the three main categories of Mediums and how they differ. Are you curious about what makes them different? Read on.

#1. Mental Mediumship

In the past several decades, Mental Mediumship has become the preferred method of Mediumship usually demonstrated. Significantly, this form of Mediumship is mainly done when the Medium is in a fully conscious state. Significantly, Mental Mediums are fully aware of their surroundings while interacting with the Spirit World. To illustrate, it’s like the Medium is having a phone or texting conversation and relaying the conversation to others in the room. Popular Mediums seen on television and in person, are usually Mental Mediums.

#2. Trance Mediumship

A Light Trance Medium can be a Mental or Physical Medium. However, if they fall into the category of Mental Mediumship, the medium is usually in a very light trance state, but is still aware of their surroundings. Additionally, like Mental Mediumship, Light Trance mediums can interact with others in the room while at the same time, are receiving and relaying messages from the Spirit World. In fact, I am a Trance Medium.

Following this, a Deep Trance Medium is a Medium who places his or herself into a deep semi-conscious or utterly unconscious trance state. Moreover, Deep Trance Mediums often link with a “Control Guide.” Usually, a Control Guide will take over the medium’s body by mutual agreement. This guide speaks for the Spirit who wishes to communicate.


Above: Image of famous Physical Medium, Minnie Harrison, producing Ectoplasm.

#3. Physical Mediumship

In modern times, Physical Mediumship is now most associated with the late 19th and early 20th century’s primary style of spirit communication. However, where it’s still practiced, spiritualists claim Physical Mediumship is the crème de la crème of Mediumship feats. Also, one of the greatest acts of a Physical Medium is to produce a complete, or full-bodied, apparition.

In addition, Physical Mediums are capable of producing physical phenomenon. Importantly, all individuals present can see or feel the Physical manifestations witnessed. Additionally, this phenomenon manifests in the form of *ectoplasm, breezes, rapping noises, spirit voices, and so on.

Even so, the downside of doing Physical Mediumship is that it’s highly draining on the Medium’s physical body. Consequently, Physical Mediumship is not as commonly demonstrated as Mental Mediumship.

Surprisingly,  some places in the world still demonstrate some form of Physical Mediumship. Notably, Brazil and Scotland are the most prominent.

#4. Direct Voice Mediumship

Direct Voice Mediumship is a sub-category of Physical Mediumship. Interestingly, this kind of mediumship is not seen as often as it once was. Simply, the explanation for this is that individuals choose to be mental mediums and may not care to go through the rigorous training to become a Direct Voice Medium.

Most importantly, a Direct Voice Medium has the ability to speak in the voice of the person, or persons, that have passed. Also, it’s difficult to hoax speaking in the exact voice of a person who has passed. Moreover, loved ones present verify that the voice is authentic.


  1. Significantly, cabinets are a typical part of Mediumship’s early days. Physical Mediums sit inside and produce spirit phenomena outside of the cabinet or enclosure. Those who couldn’t procure a wooden cabinet for Mediumship demonstrations, used curtains to separate the Medium from the audience.
  2. Orbs often appear in reference to investigating ghosts through taking photographs of a location. Spirits manifesting often appear as roundish orbs. Almost any kind of camera can reveal images of orbs.
  3. Physical Mediums emit a substance called *ectoplasm. Ectoplasm has been described as being a smokey-looking substance to appearing custard-like.

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