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Conjuring Up Philip: An Adventure in Psychokinesis Hardcover – Apr 1976

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060132795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060132798
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 626 g
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa271e1ec) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28f8744) out of 5 stars How to Create a Ghost Sept. 24 2010
By Johns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was inspired by some research published by the British Society for Psychical Research in the early 70s about the creation of ghostly phenomena. Apparently, it's easy to do. This book follows the adventures of a group of people who met regularly to establish and then deepen contact with a fictitious, concocted 17th century English aristocrat who they named Philip.

Once conditions were right, Philip manifested without fail. The seance room table was observed to creak, groan and move around. As the weeks went by it would perform more startling actions, like rushing across the room to greet a newcomer, chase someone round the room and distort itself by raising only one of its legs. On one occasion it even bit a participant by trapping part of her hand between the two edges of its corner joint. In addition, the table would rap answers to questions about specific aspects of the life of Philip.

The book mentions how a physical cost was paid by the participants in terms of colds, flu and severe headaches that resulted from the experiment.

This book proves that what spiritualists may interpret as messages from the dead may well be nothing of the kind, because if people sit round in the expectation of ghostly manifestations, then these will result. Therefore, contacting the dead would appear to be a waste of time, I suppose, unless information comes through that can be subsequently verified and which was unknown by the sitters.

Debunkers of psychokinetic phenomena will have to think again if they read this, and it may well be that the ideas of Newtonian physics will have to be tossed in the trash.

I would have given this book 5 stars, but I found the second half a bit boring, with too much theory and analysis.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa282d7a4) out of 5 stars Hard to argue with... July 2 2011
By A. J. Kitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is research, folks, in a very readable form (mostly). It describes the circumstances, processes, and experiences of a legitimate experiment in a very readable way, alternating with the "science" stuff average readers often find quite boring. If you're not into the science part, skip it. The rest is absolutely fascinating.

The experiment's outcome might horrify skeptics and believers alike - real effects were demonstrated, but not in a way that would please either of the extremes. And, for those of you who want real-life science and methodology applied to paranormal phenomena, this is TRULY written FOR YOU!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa26daa20) out of 5 stars A Psychokinetic Adeventure with Entities Aug. 2 2013
By S. Cranow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe in poltergeists? The wrapping on the wall and the moving of furniture has all been documented and proven. But is it really ghosts that are doing all this. Sure many incidence are fraudulent, some might be ghosts and other incidences might be psychokinesis or moving things with the mind.

A psychic society in Toronto, Canada came together and decided to create a fictional entity named Philip. This group of people numbering close to 8 -10 people met regularly to perform this experiment. first they brainstormed and came up with a fictional story for this guy Philip, a story that could no way be real. Then they had practice sessions where they would meditate and then try to conjure this fictitious ghost ,Phillip. For the first year they were unsuccessful. After about a year of trying and not producing any tangible results they decided to switch up their tactics.

They began copying from the spiritualists who conjured spirits in a group called a séance but with some major differences. Like the spiritualists they would gather in a group. But instead of mediating like they did before they copied the technique of socializing before conjuring. Instead of using a psychic medium they agreed that no one would play that role and instead if using dimly lit rooms they would use a well lit room.

Purpose was strictly scientific. Their goal was to produce a visible phantom generated by their psychic energy. Ultimately in this goal they were not successful. They did however manage to communicate with this invisible entity. A communication system of knock for yes and no communication was set up. Under laboratory conditions this entity moved tables, made knocking sounds and produced other phenomena. Belief and expectation are needed for results. this book will change the way you look at psychic phenomena and the paranormal.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa26d9dbc) out of 5 stars Worth the Wait Oct. 26 2013
By Dustbunny - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, it's outdated and a fairly slow read-especially if you compare the book to all the newest ghost hunting television shows BUT I've been wanting to re-read this for forever and received it just in time for Halloween. Yes, it tends to be a bit repetetive (thus the 4 stars) but worth reading simply because it's purported to be a completely true story and not just based on a true story...ooooooo....Hello, Philip!
HASH(0xa26c26c0) out of 5 stars A Classic of Parapsychology Jan. 9 2016
By Joseph Rowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One of the most important books of parapsychology ever written. Amazing that it's so hard to find.