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By Jerry W. Decker, Ron Barker, Chuck Henderson
   Vangard Sciences/KeelyNet

July 1990


In the book, "Beyond Telepathy," Dr. Andrija Puharich recounts
his experience with an Indian fakir. Also present at the event
were a colleague and several hundred other witnesses.

A rope is cast up into the air where it remains suspended yet
with no visible means of support.

A small boy goes up the rope followed by an apparently
angry magician wielding a knife.

Both magician and boy seem to vanish at the top of the rope.
Screams are then heard, followed by a grisly rain of dismembered

The magician reappears at the top of the rope and climbs back
down holding a bloody knife. He then places the bloody parts in
a box, closes the lid and within moments the boy emerges smiling
and whole with no apparent damage.

In some performances, witnesses see a dog run off with an arm or
leg which of course has to be recovered.

Puharich and his colleague saw the magician collect the parts of
the boy in a basket, go back up the rope and return with the boy

All during this spectacle, pictures were taken to record the
phenomena. When the film was developed, the fakir and boy were
seen to be standing impassively by the rope lying coiled on the

Puharich concludes that the

"hallucination was telepathically inspired and extended to the
several hundred people present."

In 1934, the Rope trick was performed in London on two
separate occasions. When the film from concealed cameras was
developed, the rope was seen to remain lying on the ground while
the boy sneaked off to hide in the bushes.

Witnesses to the event were seeing scenes which did not
actually occur in reality, but the mental projections of
someone skilled in the art of either hypnosis or extreme
concentration with the ability to telepathically project what
they visualized.

A variation on the Rope trick was witnessed in French West Africa
by William Seabrook in 1930.

"There were two living children close to me. I touched them with
my hands. And equally close were the two men with their
swords...iron, three-dimensional, metal, cold and hard. And
this is what I now SAW with my eyes, but you will understand why
I am reluctant to tell of it, and that I do not know what SEEING

"Each man, holding his sword stiffly upward with his left hand,
tossed a child high in the air with his right, then caught it
full upon the point...No blood flowed...

"The crowd screamed now, falling to its knees. Many veiled their
eyes with their hands, others fell prostrate. Through the crowd
the jugglers marched, each bearing a child aloft, IMPALED UPON

...and disappeared into the witchdoctor's enclosure."

Seabrook later saw and touched the children, who seemed
completely undamaged by their ordeal. Few illusions can be so
arrogantly paraded through a disbelieving crowd.

Recent conversations with our friend Larry B. yielded an
interesting story.

Loosely told, our friend said he knew a hypnotist who went to
India to study the fakirs and prove that neither mesmerism or
hypnotism could be used to influence the actions or perceptions
of another WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT or them being consciously
aware of it.

On docking, the hypnotist was wandering around the dock when he
met a small, kindly Indian man. A discussion led to the purpose
of the visit. The hypnotist was looking at the Indian and
stating that he was absolutely certain the NO ONE COULD BE
INFLUENCED against their knowledge or without being aware of it.

As he spoke, a storm began to blow in. The clouds grew dark and
ominous and the wind began to rage. People were being blown
down and into the water while boats were tossed around as if
made of balsa wood.

The hypnotist grew rather alarmed at what was happening around
him and on looking back at the Indian, he noticed a kindly
smile. INSTANTLY, all signs of a storm disappeared to reveal a
perfectly clear day as if NOTHING HAD HAPPENED AT ALL.

Needless to say,the stunned hypnotist actively sought the
instruction of this unusual Indian. Further exploits involved
the introduction of the hypnotist to an Indian fakir.

Discussions with the fakir came to the inevitable point of
proof. At that time the hypnotist saw the man pick up a flower
pot and dash it against the corner of the room where it broke in
many pieces.

The fakir then told the hypnotist that an illusion could best
be broken or avoided by anything which focuses
concentration. This could be a sensation such as pain, or
intense concentration on something which you know, without doubt
to be true.

The hypnotist was told to select such a fact at which he
chose 2+2=4. The fakir instructed him to continue to concentrate
on that fact by repeating it over and over.

As the hypnotist carried out these simple instructions, he
looked over at the corner where the broken flower pot was lying.

To his amazement, there was nothing there. On turning to the
fakir, he saw the flower pot held in the fakir's hand as if it
had never been thrown.

He was confused momentarily which caused him to break
concentration. As this occurred, the flower pot in the man's
hand disappeared and reappeared broken in the corner just as it
had been "thrown" in the beginning.

On again focussing his concentration on 2+2=4, the flower pot
was restored in the fakir's hand.

Another story involved the witnessing of the rope trick. The
man observing the event was quite taken up in the unfolding
drama when he suddenly felt a sharp sting at the base of his

When the sting occurred, he slapped at it and again looked
toward the fakir and his assistant. To his amazement, the
fakir and the boy were seen to be sitting quite still with the
rope at their side.

The crowd was collectively looking into the air as if the
entire drama was continuing.

Much of the above is unverifiable...

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