Secrets of the Psychics: Investigating Paranormal Claims

Secrets of the Psychics: Investigating Paranormal Claims

by Massimo Polidoro

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Secrets of the Psychics: Investigating Paranormal Claims by Massimo Polidoro

For more than fifteen years, Italian investigator Massimo Polidoro has examined dozens of supposedly paranormal events, some of them famous historical incidents, others contemporary claims of psychics, mediums, healers, "human magnets," a "girl with X-ray eyes," and the like. This fascinating book brings together the results of his investigations, presenting in-depth discussions of the evidence and the claims for each individual case.
Among the historical events discussed are the Feilding Report on Eusapia Palladino, the most valued account of séances performed by this famous medium; the relationship between renowned magician and skeptic Harry Houdini and mystery writer Arthur Conan Doyle, a firm believer in mediums and spiritualism; the case of Margery, the "blond witch of Lime Street"; and other equally strange happenings.
Turning to contemporary paranormal claimants, Polidoro reveals the secrets of a Russian psychic; carefully examines demonstrations of psychokinesis; considers the evidence for some modern-day miracles; exposes the tricks of Indian gurus; and pursues many other interesting claims. In addition, he explores the psychology of psychic deception, considering mechanisms of deception and the unreliability of eyewitness testimony.
This intriguing examination of the bizarre and the strange by a top-notch investigator will interest both skeptics and believers alike.

Massimo Polidoro is executive director of the Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, editor of Scienza & Paranormale (Science and the Paranormal), and author of twelve books on the paranormal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615925872
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Massimo Polidoro is executive director of the Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, editor of Scienza & Paranormale (Science and the Paranormal), and author of twelve books on the paranormal.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments11
Introduction: In Search of Psychic Powers13
Part 1.The Psychology of Psychic Deception
1.It's All in the Mind: On the Mechanisms of Deception in Psychic Fraud31
2.When I Was a Psychic ... for an Hour49
Part 2.Historical Investigations
3.Eusapia's Sapient Foot: A New Examination of the Feilding Report59
4.The Case of Anna Eva Fay: The Medium Who Baffled Sir William Crookes95
5.Houdini and Conan Doyle: The Story of a Strange Friendship107
6.Houdini versus Margery: When the Magician Met the Blond Witch of Lime Street127
7.Houdini's Last Miracle: Submerged!155
8.Investigating Spirit Molds165
9.The Chemistry of "Supernatural" Substances177
Part 3.Investigating Psychics Today
10.There Be Poltergeists!189
11.Roll Up for the Mystery Tour195
12.Secrets of a Russian Psychic201
13.The Mystery of the Watch That Was "Alive"209
14.Miraculous Oil Inside a Glass Tube: Testing a Miracle by Means of Tamper-Proof Containers215
15.The Girl with X-Ray Eyes221
16.An Experiment in Clairvoyance225
17.The Strange Case of the Creeping Doors229
18.Investigating Table Tipping237
19.The Case of the Human Magnets241
20.Secrets of Indian God-Men245
Appendix A.Introducing Italy's Version of the Great Houdini: An Interview with Massimo Polidoro261
Appendix B.The Search for Margery: An Interview with the Medium's Granddaughter267
Bibliography281
Index295

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