The Twitterverse expanded into other galaxies yesterday, as Angels Fancy Dress, a London-based costume store conducted Twitter’s first ever séance. The ‘Tweance’, which could be followed @tweance, started their pre-Halloween publicity experiment on October 7, where they asked people from all over the world to tweet their ‘dead celebrity nominations’ for the séance.
The final four chosen to contact were Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Hollywood teen idol River Phoenix, William Shakespeare and Michael Jackson, chosen from a shortlist including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Elvis and Abraham Lincoln.
Celebrity psychic Jayne Wallace conducted the séance at an “undisclosed location”, famous for her previous contact with Jade Goody in the presence of Goody’s mother, conducted by The Sun.
Wallace claims that Michael Jackson sang ‘Heal the World’ during the interaction, tweeting “his voice is very powerful indeed still”. She asked him the question puzzling everyone, “Who was responsible for you dying?” Jackson’s spirit answered with “No-one was responsible. I was warned many times about medication but the pain was too severe, and I felt I could not survive without it.”
Wallace was unable to get in touch with Shakespeare, because he was “very weak. Many people have tried to contact him.”
When Wallace contacted Kurt Cobain, she says she knew she had him when she “got itchy skin and sore gums from Kurt.” Cobain apologized for letting the drugs destroy his music, and said he would much prefer it if kids were bought real guitars, not video games, when asked for his opinion on Guitar Hero.
River Phoenix apologized to his parents for “leaving in such a devastating way”, and that he wants his mum to know that he is “okay where he is”.
Benjamin Webb of Angels Fancy Dress said: “We were amazed that no one had used Twitter for a séance before, and thought it would be a great idea to rope in millions of Tweeters into Halloween spirit.”
@Tweance has 2,234 followers at last count this morning, and nominations were collected for three weeks leading up to Halloween.