The definition of Séance in the Oxford dictionary is “a meeting at which people attempt to make contact with the dead, especially through the agency of a medium”. It has its origins in the Latin word ‘sedere’ which means to sit. Which is exactly what you do.
The purpose of any Séance is to connect with the other world or ‘after life’, in a normal Séance this may take place using a number of different communication methods such as trance, automatic writing, writing with a planchette, tapping, table tilting, ouija board or any of a number of other methods of communication. In a Physical Séance the communication involved a Physical medium who has the ability to produce ectoplasm which can be used to produce phenomenon such as trumpet phenomenon, materialization, apports, direct voice, matter through matter or transfiguration.
Sitters are checked to ensure there are no light emitting devices, recording devices, mobile phones or metal objects are taken into the Séance room.
Séances are normally held in the dark and occasionally in dim red light. The medium is normally placed in a Séance cabinet which helps the other world to contain the energy around the medium. They are also secured to a chair with the use of cable ties which are checked before and after the Séance. Windows are blacked out, doors are locked to prevent anyone attempting to interrupt the Séance.