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Joe Nickell, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and "Investigative Files" Columnist for Skeptical Inquirer. A former stage magician, private investigator, and teacher, he is author of numerous books, including Inquest on the Shroud of Turin (1998), Pen, Ink and Evidence (2003), Unsolved History (2005) and Adventures in Paranormal Investigation (2007). He has appeared in many television documentaries and has been profiled in The New Yorker and on NBC's Today Show. His personal website is at joenickell.com.

The True Cross: Chaucer, Calvin, and the Relic Mongers

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.6, November/December 2010

Investigative Files
The True Cross: Chaucer, Calvin, and the Relic Mongers

Calvin suggested that "if we were to collect all these pieces of the True Cross exhibited in various parts, they would form a whole ship's cargo."

Windermere “Monster”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 25, 2011
Windermere “Monster”
Not likely a leviathan.

“The Illusionist” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 22, 2011
Views from opposite ends of life.

“Tracking the Man-Beasts”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 14, 2011
“Tracking the Man-Beasts”
Announcing my newest book.

“The Rite” Stuff

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 10, 2011
Confessions of a skeptical demonologist.

“The Rite” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 2, 2011
“The Rite” (A Nickell-odeon Review)
What possessed Warner Brothers?

Tijuana: Magic and Mystery

Skeptical Briefs Volume 20.2, June 2010

Tijuana: Magic and Mystery

At first thought, Tijuana has little to do with the Olmecs, who lived in the rich lowlands of Mexico’s Gulf Coast and created a great civilization that was...

“Season of the Witch” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 25, 2011
“Season of the Witch” (A Nickell-odeon Review)
Supernatural thriller helps keep Church in the Middle Ages.

In the Media: 2010 Report

January 20, 2011
In the Media: 2010 Report

Chronicling another busy year for CSI's Senior Research Fellow, Joe Nickell.

Secrets of the Mona Lisa “Code”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 19, 2011
Viewers may be seeing things.

Nostradamus: A New Look at an Old Seer

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.5, September/October 2010

Investigative Files

As these examples show, one cannot claim that Nostradamus successfully predicted the future.

Martin Gardner’s Presence

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.5, September/October 2010

Special Tribute

Despite his personal shyness, Martin's writings were those of a polar opposite: a bold, courageous critic, a prolific correspondent, and a towering thinker.

Thermal-image “Ghosts”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 6, 2011
Thermal-image “Ghosts”
More on ghost-hunting pseudoscience.

Bighoax Revisited

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 4, 2011
Bighoax Revisited
More on Philip Morris, Bigsuit maker.

Experiencing the Psychomanteum

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 23, 2010
Experiencing the Psychomanteum
Trying to visualize spirits of the dead.

Ghostly Piano Player & Others

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 20, 2010
Ghosts left lodge when investigator arrived.

Another “Weeping” Statue

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 15, 2010
“Miracle” most likely “pious deception.”

Preliminary Report: Investigating in China

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 8, 2010
Preliminary Report: Investigating in China
Three weeks as Visiting Scholar.

“Sherlock”: A Reincarnation

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 29, 2010
The genius detective returns, this time to a modern-day London.

Joe Nickell Investigates: Alcatraz [Video]

November 15, 2010

Joe Nickell recently traveled to Alcatraz to experience for himself some of the alleged supernatural claims made about the island.

The Real ‘Ghost Whisperer’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Investigative Files

Although Winkowski distinguishes herself from both mediums and psychics (she claims no future-telling ability), she nevertheless shares much in common with...

Oscar, the Death-Predicting Cat

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Book Review

A Review of "Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat." By David Dosa.

“Conviction” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 12, 2010
"Conviction" is a docudrama about a wrongful conviction.

“Howl” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 10, 2010
Howl is a fitting tribute to a groundbreaking poem.

The Flying-saucer Conspiracy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 1, 2010
Who you gonna believe?

14th Annual CFI Houdini Seance

Special Report
October 31, 2010

Joe Nickell recently sat down with Director of CFI Libraries Tim Binga to hold the 14th Annual Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Houdini Séance.

Atlanta Child Murders—Part II: “Psychics”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 26, 2010
Their crystal balls were cloudy.

Atlanta Child Murders— Part I: Critical Thinking

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 18, 2010
Fiber evidence helped solve a series of slayings.

Tragically “Haunted”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 12, 2010
Tragically “Haunted”
Investigating “ghosts” at the site of America’s worst hotel fire.

Paracelsus:  The Magic and the Science

Skeptical Briefs Volume 20.1, March 2010

Investigative Files
Paracelsus:  The Magic and the Science

Among the significant European figures of the sixteenth century, Paracelsus (1493–1541) was a transitional figure in the contest between magical and...

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