Archive for the ‘Hoaxes’ Category

The Paroptic Illusion, William Foos, Jules Romains and the U.S. Army

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 Posted in Hoaxes | 2 Comments »

In the August 1963 edition of their Parapsychology Bulletin, the Parapsychology Laboratory of Duke University printed an article titled, The "Paroptic" Illusion. It began, "It comes in waves, recurring every 15 or 20 years, this curious, contagious notion that certain ...

Forgotten Mediums of New York

Thursday, February 4th, 2010 Posted in Hoaxes, Letters to the Lab, People in Parapsychology | 6 Comments »

In 1945, J. B. Rhine started corresponding with the widow of Lt. Ernest D. Wenberg, an Army doctor who died on December 23, 1944, while a POW of the German government. Like so many other widows who wrote J.B., ...

Psychics and Criminal Profilers

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 Posted in Hoaxes, People in Parapsychology | 8 Comments »

As usual, once I'm on the radio I forget what I wanted to say. I had intended to talk about the similarities between psychics and criminal profiling. I wrote a chapter in my book about two psychics who had gotten ...

Pat Marquis, J. B. Rhine and Charlie Chaplin

Saturday, July 18th, 2009 Posted in ESP and other Phenomena, Hoaxes, People in Parapsychology | 3 Comments »

In July, 1936 Rhine went to California to investigate Pat Marquis, a 12-year-old boy who had been wowing everyone with his ESP abilities. Two years before the boy had gone into a trance and Napeji, an 11th century Persian, ...

More Machines of the Paranormal

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 Posted in Hoaxes | 2 Comments »

The Boston medium Mina Crandon, aka Margery, used a number of devices to communicate with the dead, and also to establish the authenticity of those communications.  This is one of her voice machines, but I'm not entirely sure which one ...

Medium Busting

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 Posted in Hoaxes | 1 Comment »

This is a picture I found at the Rhine Research Center.  There was no caption or explanation with it, but it looks like a picture debunking a medium or psychic. They've clearly caught someone raising a small table which the ...