Seeing photos of ghostly faces and figures floating around in the air must have been quite a shock to our ancestors.
As a guest on a popular Italian TV show, L’Istruttoria (The Inquest), I had a chance to test a theory I was rather curious about.
A Lesson Worth Remembering
The Legend of Creating Artificial Life: From the Golem to Pinocchio
Some time ago, we received a letter from a woman, R.G., who claimed she can peer inside sealed boxes with some sort of X-ray vision and describe...
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
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...
The Shroud of Turin Duplicated
The Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CICAP) celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a special three-day conference...
Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 4
How is it possible that well-trained and respected scientists and investigators could be deceived by a clever...
Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 3
There suddenly came a wild, yelling scream. It was such a scream as I have never heard before in my life, not even in...
Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 2
Eleven extraordinary séances with medium Eusapia Palladino were held in the now-defunct Hotel Victoria in Naples.
Eusapie Palladino, the Queen of the Cabinet, Part 1
...it was essential that the investigators were knowledgeable of the methods of trickery. But were they really?
Along with the Holy Grail, the Ark is the most sought after and elusive of relics.
What would you think if street lamps kept turning off when you passed them by?
The hot, still night was illuminated by a full moon. The two shadowy figures moving along the empty road wondered if this...
Just Like Jedi Knights (If Only)
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.
‘I Am Houdini! And You Are a Fraud!’
Though it seems that everything has already been said and written about magician Harry Houdini, every now and then something...
The Legend of the Pied Piper
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, also known as antigravity or magnetic hills, are natural places where cars in neutral seem to move uphill.
The Man Who Fooled Edison ... but Not Houdini
In one of the earliest letters exchanged between magician Harry Houdini and Sherlock Homes Creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...
The Quest for the ‘Real’ Robin Hood
Once upon a time, there lived in Sherwood Forest a wronged noblemand whose lands, home, and woman had been stolen and who had...
The Devious Art of Improvising: Third and Final Lesson
"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?"
The Devious Art of Improvising, Lesson Two
Both Henning and Wilson were staring, quite curious to see how Randi would escape from such an impossible situation.
The great fake psychics are great improvisationists.
Behind the Mask
"A masked man lived in the Bastille for years and, still wearing a mask, there he died."
For years, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were friends. One was an arch-skeptic while the other was a true believer.
Circles of Light
A new enigma is spreading on the Internet. Some call it a new kind of miracle. According to various Web sites, for the past...
I recently had the opportunity to travel through Europe in search of the reality behind some famous ancient legends.
Did you know that Paul McCartney, the ex-Beatle, never left the band because he died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike?
Beware of Poltergeists
Poltergeist is a German word that literally means "noisy ghost." It is, in fact, believed that poltergeists...