Friday, June 05, 2009

Quentin Crisp: His ghost cracks a joke in Australia


Quentin Crisp's spirit pops up in Australia. Photo Panja Jurgens: Crisp as the Angel of Peace






Did you know the Spirit World has an agent-cum-PR on the earth plain? Not something you're likely to read in your average newspaper diary, is it? - thank goodness for free-thinking blogs!

The PR in question is called Zerdin Phenomenal - or Phenonemal as pronounced on its website audio - appointed by the departed (or the Other Side) to arrange psychic tours, materialisation events and medium demonstrations around the world.

One of its more interesting recent claimed spirit materialisations is that of Quentin Crisp, as witnessed by Arcati's friend in Australia, the retired lawyer Victor Zammit - B.A. (Psych.) (Univ.of NSW), Grad. Dip.Ed. (Syd. Coll. Adv. Educ now Univ.Tech.Syd.), Dip. Hypn. - (from the School of Hypnotic Sciences - adjunct to a major in Psychology), M.A. (Legal Hist.,Constl. Law) (Univ.of NSW), LL.B. (Univ.of NSW), Ph.D., lawyer, ... a retired attorney of the Supreme Court of the New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. No less.

Victor reports that Quentin - or Quinton as he calls him - was in "top form" and treated his audience to his "usual sharp wit". And his "voice was particularly clear and sharp." If only the Psychic World paper had also run the transcript! Details details details, darlings. And then some. A report without details is a mere burp in a typhoon.

Meantime, back to Zerdin. Could someone repair its website Spirit Voices audio. There aren't any.

So in the absence of a tranny - I mean transcript - I'm playing this (I'm sure Quentin would appreciate it)

13 comments:

Ms Baroque said...

So basically we can safely say that nobody actually SAW Quinton, but they felt that he was as near as Zammit?

xx

Madame Arcati said...

Oh you clever thing!

Sorry I missed your literary show Ms B - but like Quentin I was there (or not there) in spirit.

Anonymous said...

Are you now trying to persuade us of the afterlife by satire?

Anonymous said...

Huh? Was this another one of what his face's impersonations? (Y'know, the one we thought was too magnanimous to pay attention to any of your comments about him, but proved not to be by banning you from his Twitter page).

Madame Arcati said...

I'm not complaining.

Anonymous said...

Do you know where I can read Duncan Fallowell's famously mad account of entertaining Quentin Crisp and Arnold Schwarzenegger to lunch at San Lorenzo?

Anonymous said...

Inspired video choice.

Anonymous said...

is that pete burns?

Madame Arcati said...

No. It's Amanda Lepore, an American tranny star - more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Lepore

Anonymous said...

And what happened to Mr Fallowell's celebrity book which Susan Hill was going to publish?

Madame Arcati said...

I have no idea. Duncan and I are not quite as joined at the hip as some suppose. And Susan has gone Aquarian funny, having supposedly decided that abandoning her blog and any public interaction is some sort of virtue. It just looks daft.

veritas said...

Anon says: "Do you know where I can read Duncan Fallowell's famously mad account of entertaining Quentin Crisp and Arnold Schwarzenegger to lunch at San Lorenzo?"
..is it in 'Going As Far As I Can' which I've just started reading but only done 2 chapters so far but enjoying it enormously. It would be odd if it were of course as the book is set in Nu Zuland but the cover promises some wacky tales so who knows ?

How fab that Zammit communicates with dear old Quentin who had the most disgustingly filthy room in Chelsea I've ever seen which I believe he recreated in New York.

I heard record producer Simon Napier-Bell was threatening to release a recording he made with Crisp (it's on youtube). Simon should contact Zammit for guidance.

Isn't it time for a Quentin Crisp tribute act to emerge ?. Some old queen out there should be able to do it.

Duncan Fallowell said...

Yes, it's in my collection 20th Century Characters published by Vintage, now out of print, but available secondhand on Amazon. Perhaps I should post it on my site since it has a wildness about it you don't come across in journalism today. Richard Davenport-Hines cites that particular lunch as one of the greats in his book on Proust at the Majestic. Even then the Governor of California was an unstoppable force of charm and ambition.