Fly­ing down­stairs

Fortean Times - - Letters -

When I read ‘Fly­ing down­stairs’ [ FT355:76], I felt sure that I had read some­thing sim­i­lar be­fore. I have now found the source. In the first part of his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy,

Over the Bridge, first pub­lished in 1955, Richard Church de­scribes how he lev­i­tated and flew down the stairs. The first time it hap­pened, he was a child in a con­va­les­cent home in Broad­stairs.

“I ex­erted that will, vi­su­al­is­ing my hands and feet press­ing down­wards upon the cen­tre of the earth. It was no sur­prise to me that I left the ground, and glided about the room (which was empty) some twelve or eigh­teen inches above the parquet floor… I soared higher, half-way to the ceil- ing… I floated down the stair­case with­out touch­ing ei­ther tread or balus­ter.”

He refers to this ap­par­ent abil­ity to lev­i­tate a num­ber of times in the book, and again in the se­quel, The Golden Sov­er­eign. He could still fly down the stairs when he was an adult, work­ing as a civil ser­vant in the Cus­tom House be­fore WWI. At one point he says that it must have been an il­lu­sion, but at an­other he men­tions the fact that an­other per­son, the girl in Folke­stone with whom he was in love, had ob­served that he could ap­par­ently grow taller at will, the ex­pla­na­tion for this be­ing that his feet were not ac­tu­ally touch­ing the floor. Janet Doolaege France

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