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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.

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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

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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

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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?

Lady Homeopathy Strikes Back. . . But Science Wins Out

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

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Lady Homeopathy Strikes Back. . . But Science Wins Out

On July 11, 2000, a popular Italian prime-time science program, presented a short segment highly critical of homeopathy.

The Case of the Holy Fraudster

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.2, March / April 2004

Notes on a Strange World

The next World Skeptics Congress will be held October 8-10, 2004, in Italy.

Don’t Try This at Home

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 27.1, January / February 2003

Notes on a Strange World
Don’t Try This at Home

Some of the most astonishing feats ever (supposedly) accomplished by men are the demonstrations of Indian fakirs and gurus.

Ica Stones: Yabba-Dabba-Do!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 26.5, September / October 2002

Notes on a Strange World
Ica Stones: Yabba-Dabba-Do!

We all know that humans and dinosaurs actually coexisted, even if that only happened in The Flintstones

Return of Spring-Heeled Jack

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 26.4, July / August 2002

Notes on a Strange World
Return of Spring-Heeled Jack

Reports of the "Monkey Man" in East Dehli, India

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