For 25 years around the beginning of the 20th century, Leonora Piper was exhaustively examined by the most esteemed scientists and authorities in England and the United States to see whether she was the “real deal.” Never was a medium before or since so closely scrutinized. Many of the examiners were experts in determining whether a medium was fraudulent or not. No one ever found even a shred of evidence of any deception. Almost all of them came to the conclusion that Mrs. Piper was, in fact, in communication with discarnate entities.
We shall look at the life of this remarkable woman and the evidence which convinced so many esteemed figures of her authenticity and ability to communicate with the dead. Some stunning transcripts will be presented as well as pictures of Mrs. Piper in a trance and what automatic writing looks like.
Eusapia Palladino was a very different kind of medium. She was born in 1854 which was at the beginning of an intense interest in mediumship. Her exploits were equally compelling in that something extraordinary was taking place. She was also examined in great detail by some of Europe’s most esteemed authorities to see whether there was any deceit involved. Generally, they found none. Photographs of the feats and phenomena which she produced will be shown which includes levitation of objects, materializations, and other mysterious happenings.
Palldino’s early and later life will be discussed as well as some of the controversies which swirled around her. Evidence for telekinesis and materialization will be presented as well as the historical significance of these fascinating individuals.
Carlos S. Alvarado has masters degrees in parapsychology (John F. Kennedy University), history (Duke University) and a Ph.D. in psychology (University of Edinburgh). He is a Visiting Scholar at the Rhine Research Center and Assistant Professor of Research in Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia. His interests include the history of psychical research and out-of-body experiences. In addition to having served as one of the editors of Research in Parapsychology 1993, editing the 2012 abstracts of the Parapsychological Association Convention, and preparing Getting Started in Parapsychology, a bibliographic guide, Alvarado has also published numerous papers in refereed journals.
Dr. Philip S. Morse is a Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He has been a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Morse is an award-winning poet, the author or co-author of five books, and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Education, Men of Achievement, and Outstanding Americans. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Rhine Research Center. Dr. Morse taught a course entitled “The World of the Paranormal: Fact or Fiction” at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Rhine Research Center, and the Shared Learning program in Chapel Hill. The course is now an online offering through the Lifelong Learning Program at East Carolina University. Dr. Morse’s present research interests include a study of PK phenomena, energy healing, and a book summarizing the best evidence for survivalism.