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Massimo Polidoro

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Massimo Polidoro is an investigator of the paranormal, author, lecturer, and co-founder and head of CICAP, the Italian skeptics group. His website is at www.massimopolidoro.com.

How to Test a Miracle

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.3, May / June 2010

Luigi Garlaschelli and I were asked if we would be interested in testing a twenty-two-year-old mystic woman who talked with the Virgin Mary

The Mystery of the Moving Tombstone

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

Notes on a Strange World

Dutch police experts gather around a TV screen. They are watching footage from a hidden camera that was positioned to monitor a supposed case of vandalism at...

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The Shroud of Turin Duplicated

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Notes on a Strange World

The Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CICAP) celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a special three-day conference...

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Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 4

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Notes on a Strange World

How is it possible that well-trained and respected scientists and investigators could be deceived by a clever...

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Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 3

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Notes on a Strange World

There suddenly came a wild, yelling scream. It was such a scream as I have never heard before in my life, not even in...

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Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 2

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Notes on a Strange World

Eleven extraordinary séances with medium Eusapia Palladino were held in the now-defunct Hotel Victoria in Naples.

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Eusapie Palladino, the Queen of the Cabinet, Part 1

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Notes on a Strange World

...it was essential that the investigators were knowledgeable of the methods of trickery. But were they really?

Search for the Ark

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Notes on a Strange World

Along with the Holy Grail, the Ark is the most sought after and elusive of relics.

The Curious Case of Street Lamp Interference

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Notes on a Strange World
The Curious Case of Street Lamp Interference

What would you think if street lamps kept turning off when you passed them by?

Hunting for Spooklights

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Notes on a Strange World
Hunting for Spooklights

The hot, still night was illuminated by a full moon. The two shadowy figures moving along the empty road wondered if this...

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Just Like Jedi Knights (If Only)

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

You can be the most powerful Jedi knight in the universe, but if I keep my toe down, you are nothing more than a useless C3PO.

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‘I Am Houdini! And You Are a Fraud!’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Notes on a Strange World

Though it seems that everything has already been said and written about magician Harry Houdini, every now and then something...

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The Legend of the Pied Piper

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Notes on a Strange World

It is 1284, and the little German town of Hamelin is infested by a plague of rats. In desperation, the mayor advertises for...

Spook Hills in the Lab

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Notes on a Strange World
Spook Hills in the Lab

Spook hills, also known as antigravity or magnetic hills, are natural places where cars in neutral seem to move uphill.

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The Man Who Fooled Edison ... but Not Houdini

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Notes on a Strange World

In one of the earliest letters exchanged between magician Harry Houdini and Sherlock Homes Creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...

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The Quest for the ‘Real’ Robin Hood

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Notes on a Strange World

Once upon a time, there lived in Sherwood Forest a wronged noblemand whose lands, home, and woman had been stolen and who had...

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The Devious Art of Improvising: Third and Final Lesson

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Notes on a Strange World

"You say that Uri Geller is a psychic because he did this. Now if I were able to do it, would you say I'm a psychic?"

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The Devious Art of Improvising, Lesson Two

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Notes on a Strange World

Both Henning and Wilson were staring, quite curious to see how Randi would escape from such an impossible situation.

The Devious Art of Improvising, Lesson One

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Notes on a Strange World
The Devious Art of Improvising, Lesson One

The great fake psychics are great improvisationists.

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Behind the Mask

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Notes on a Strange World

"A masked man lived in the Bastille for years and, still wearing a mask, there he died."

Houdini’s Impossible Demonstration

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Notes on a Strange World

For years, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were friends. One was an arch-skeptic while the other was a true believer.

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Circles of Light

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Notes on a Strange World

A new enigma is spreading on the Internet. Some call it a new kind of miracle. According to various Web sites, for the past...

In Search of Dracula

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Notes on a Strange World
In Search of Dracula

I recently had the opportunity to travel through Europe in search of the reality behind some famous ancient legends.

The Walrus Was Paul!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

Notes on a Strange World
The Walrus Was Paul!

Did you know that Paul McCartney, the ex-Beatle, never left the band because he died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike?

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Beware of Poltergeists

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Notes on a Strange World

Poltergeist is a German word that literally means "noisy ghost." It is, in fact, believed that poltergeists...

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The Story of a ‘Greata’ Medium

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Notes on a Strange World

There once was an Italian Spiritualistic medium who had both the pleasure of astonishing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator...

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There’s a UFO in My Painting!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Notes on a Strange World

"UFOs are not a recent invention, they were seen by our ancestors as well!"

Was a Quack Doctor Jack the Ripper?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Notes on a Strange World
Was a Quack Doctor Jack the Ripper?

In the search for the identity of Jack the Ripper, a recent discovery has attracted the attention of Ripperologists worldwide.

Facts and Fiction in the Kennedy Assassination

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Notes on a Strange World
Facts and Fiction in the Kennedy Assassination

Investigating historical mysteries is one of the most fascinating and rewarding aspects of the work of a skeptical researcher

The Secrets of Rennes-le-Château

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

Notes on a Strange World
The Secrets of Rennes-le-Château

What if the Holy Grail was not the legendary cup that held the blood of Christ, but was itself a bloodline?

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