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Doris Stokes

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Doris StokesBorn in 1920 in Lincolnshire, Doris Stokes had an impoverished childhood. Her father died while she was still quite young leaving her mother to struggle alone. Doris left school at the age of fourteen to be a nurse. It is during this time that she discovered that she had a skill that no one else around her understood or had themselves, although at this point in her life she did nothing to develop her gifts. She married John Stokes when she was twenty four. John was a paratrooper. She vividly remembers the door to her bedroom being thrown open and her father standing there looking as alive as she was. He told her that the authorities would try and tell her that her husband was dead, but that it was not true. He told her that the proof of this would arrive at Christmas. Just as her father had told her she received notification of his death during the events of World War II, but she chose not to believe it. On Christmas day word came that he was still alive.

Hearing Voices

Doris worked mainly through clairaudience (the ability to hear spirit voices).  In 1948 she had proven her clairaudient ability well enough to become publicly endorsed as a genuine medium by the Spiritualists National Union. For thirty years she toured the world passing on messages from spirit to eager members of her audiences. She had an ability to totally throw her sceptics off guard by giving them incredibly precise messages that they could not refute. She managed to fill Sydney Opera House for three consecutive nights which had previously been unheard of. It is a shame that she only experienced this world wide recognition in her later years.

A Modest Woman

Doris never failed to be amazed by the following that she had. Despite her fame she never grabbed for the celebrity lifestyle. She would appear on stage in a simple dress and sit in a comfortable armchair and speak to her audience the only way that she knew how, as though they were friends who had just popped round for a cup of tea. She was occasionally subjected to hostile press from her critics but she would not let them intimidate her, Doris was not a lady that would accept being bullied.

In 1980 she appeared on the same television show as magician James Randi who took the opportunity to publicly denounce her as a fake, a liar and a charlatan. This he did without any supporting evidence. In response she offered to appear with him so that he could prove that she was indeed a fake. Needless to say he declined her offer. Doris wrote a number of books about the voices that she had heard over the years, including ‘Voices in My Ear’ and ‘Whispering Voices’ and they sold in their millions. Doris Stokes suffered from ill health in her later years and passed away two weeks after surgery to remove a brain tumour in May 1987.

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