Daniel Dunglas Home (born in Scotland on March
20, 1833; died in 1886) was regarded by some as an extraordinary
clairvoyant who was also thought to have psychokinetic abilities. (Home's
surname was pronounced "Hume"). When he was a child, there was purportedly
poltergeist activity in his home that was attributed to his presence
there. There were reports that Home could levitate and that apparitions
appeared and objects moved without the use physical means when he
conducted his seances.
He allegedly did not exclusively conduct
seances in his home where objects could perhaps easily be manipulated to
simulate apports and other paranormal phenomena, but conducted them in
places where it might have been more difficult to fake supernatural
Home allegedly allowed dubious investigators to observe his
seances. One of the investigators was British physicist, Sir William
Crookes, the scientist who discovered thallium. Crookes reported that he
had concluded that Home was genuine, not practicing any sleight-of-hand
Observers (one of them was Lord Adare) claimed that they
saw Home float head first out an open window and come back feet first
through the window of an adjoining room.
Home was allegedly
visiting in the home of a manufacturer when he levitated toward the
ceiling. Apparently, some of the people present at the time tried to pull
Home down and found themselves rising up in the air.
There were continual attempts made to expose
Home as a fraud, but no one succeeded in proving him a fake. The poet
Robert Browning and his equally famous wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
witnessed D.D. Home's phenomena. (The author, Ruth Montgomery, apparently
believed she was Elizabeth Barrett Browning reincarnated).
first, Robert Browning was impressed and his wife was enthralled. Later,
Browning determined that Home had to be a fraud and wrote a poem attacking
Home called "Mr. Sludge the Medium". Some suspected that Robert Browning
resented how deeply impressed his wife was by Home.
Home died of tuberculosis on June 21, 1886. (Portrait of Elizabeth Barrett
Russian housewife named Nina Kulagina (aka Nelya Mikhailova) was supposed
to have astonishing psychokinetic talent. Her purported ability was
studied by Soviet Dr. Leonid Vasiliev and Czechoslovakian scientist Dr.
Mrs. Kulagina was alleged to be able to make
objects move without physical means and to influence the needle of a
compass by willing it to move and to separate the white and yolk of an egg
in a container. Apparently, when she accomplished these extraordinary
things, her heart rate and blood pressure were recorded as having changed
rather dramatically and she reportedly actually lost pounds of weight. It
was reported that Mrs. Kulagina seemed to become ill as a result of her PK
efforts and would emerge from a session exhausted.
who died in 1990, allegedly slept for two or three days after she produced
Some American scientists who observed her in action
seemed to conclude that she was not a fraud. One of the American researchers who allegedly observed Mrs. Kulagina was J. Gaither Pratt. The Soviet Academy of
Sciences determined that her PK ability was genuine. Sheila Ostrander and
Lynn Schroeder discussed the PK feats of Nina Kulagina in their
book "Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain."
was involved in Soviet parapsychological research and allegedly was
persecuted by the KGB for sharing research information with Western
scientists. Naumov was an engineer and parapsychologist who was the director of a parapsychology institute in Russia.
Russian psychic Rosa Kuleshova was alleged to
be capable of reading text with her fingers while blindfolded and to be
able to differentiate between various colors and name them simply by
touching them while her eyes were covered.
Eyeless sight is also
called dermo-optic vision and cutaneous vision. Soviet researchers who
studied Kuleshova claimed to use careful methods to insure that no
cheating was involved.
Nina Kulagina was also supposed to be able
to read with "eyeless sight".
Uri Geller was alleged to have PK abilities, though his claims of this and
other abilities have been disputed as skillful magic tricks. Geller was
reknown for his supposed ability to bend spoons and keys simply by
Baron Albert Von Schrenck-Notzing
Rudy and Willi
Austrians Rudi Schneider
and his brother, Willi, were regarded as PK mediums in the earlier part of
the 1900's. Harry Price, the famous ghost-hunter, and Eric Dingwall,
another paranormal researcher, traveled to the Munich laboratory of
physician Baron Albert von Schrenk-Notzing to watch Rudi and Willi
perform. Price was impressed. Rudi seemed to be able to produce loud
sounds of rapping and levitations of objects as well as
Harry Price later reportedly made the claim that Rudi was
a fraud and produced a photograph that appeared to show Rudi cheating.
Later, after Price's death, other researchers allegedly found a photograph
negative that appeared to have been altered to make it look like Rudi was
Matthew Manning of the U.K. began having
paranormal experiences as a child and is regarded by some as a healer who has PK
abilities. Allegedly when Manning was in boarding school, pk type activity occurred, such as silverware seeming to be hurled around and stones and other objects seemed to manifest and be thrown by an invisible force. Manning was tested by a physicist at Cambridge University, but
the results were evidently inconclusive. Manning's apparent ability to
cause metal to bend was allegedly recorded on film by other
Apparently, Joseph of
Copertino (born in 1603) was known for levitating, particularly
during states of religious ectasy. He was also said to be able to read
minds. Father Joseph was called the "Flying Friar". When he was young, his
nickname was the "gaper" because he was considered to be a dimwit whose
mouth was usually hanging open. Allegedly, the Duke of Brunswick observed
Joseph levitate and was himself lifted up into the air with Joseph.
Joseph of Copertino died in 1663. In 1767 he was canonized as a
Saint Philip Neri was also supposed to levitate, as was Saint
Some students of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi claim
that they have learned to levitate during meditation, though film of some
of them seems to show that they appear to be hopping and thus lifting
slightly off the floor. (St. Philip Neri, left; St. Ignatius Loyola,
Elizabeth Barrett Browning from Pictures
Levitation and Spoon Bender from The Ultimate Image
Images of Catholic Saints
Magician from Grandegraphics.com