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Conjuring Up Philip: An Adventure in Psychokinesis

Owen, Iris M., with Sparrow, Margaret

 This is an account of how eight men and women, members of the Toronto Society for Psychical Research, set out to create their own ghost or postmortem communicator. They combined the old-time method of the home circle, in which several persons sat in a circle with their hands on a table, with the psychological techniques developed by Kenneth J. Batcheldor and Colin Brookes-Smith to produce physical phenomena. They then manufactured their "ghost," named him Philip, and invented a personality and history for him. They tried to communicate with Philip and the table responded. This book recounts the work with Philip as well as that of a second group that was able to repeat the experiment by creating a different personality. It is suggested that this method of obtaining communications and producing physical phenomena is repeatable, and by ordinary persons who do not consider themselves psychic.
Publisher Information:New York: Harper & Row, 1976. 217p. Bibliography: 215-217; 4 figures
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