Emma Stone, the star who portrays a medium in a soon-to-be released Woody Allen film entitled Magic in the Moonlight recently told talk show host, David Letterman, that she had seen the ghost of her grandfather.
Stone, widely known for her roles in the films Superbad and Easy A, as well as Gwen Stacy in the Amazing Spider Man, told Letterman that her grandfather’s ghost attempts to get her to do such things as the laundry. She then tried to explain what ectoplasm is, which is difficulty even for those in the field of parapsychology. One can only imagine what Letterman thought of all of this!
You have likely never had a late relative or anyone else who has passed over visit to tell you what you should or should not be doing in your life. If you did, however, it might be worth sitting up and listening. You never know. Maybe those who pass over know more about certain things than we do because they are on the outside looking in and are able to see the entire picture. Thus they would have a better perspective, which is usually more than we can see, particularly when we’re in the middle of a problem.
Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a British master illusionist and stage magician named Stanley, who comes to the French Riviera during the 1920’s to help determine if a woman (played by Stone) is a true spiritualist or a fraud out to simply extract money from a wealthy family. Stone will play alongside Colin Firth (Stanley), Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Jacki Weaver and Eileen Atkins. The movie is expected to be released by Sony Pictures Classics on July 25, 2014.
By the way, the term ectoplasm was first used by Charles Richet (1850-1935), a French physiologist, scientist and researcher on such subjects as neurochemistry, thermoregulation, digestion and breathing. In 1913, he won the Nobel Prize for his treatise on anaphylaxis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphylaxis . Richet believed in the ability of some mediums to perceive vibrations, which he wrote about in his book Our Sixth Sense (1928). He also thought some could project a ‘material substance’ or ectoplasm from orifices of their bodies. It is believed that some physical mediums do this while in a trance-like state. Ectoplasm has been described as a gauze-like material. It usually beings as white, transparent or gray and having a strong odor.