Famous People of the Paranormal: Psychics, Clairvoyants and Charlatans
Ghost House, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Martina Bexte
f the famous and infamous folk Chris Wangler writes about in
Famous People of the Paranormal
, he says '
they are remarkable not because they reflect cultural trends, but because they convinced people around them of their unusual gifts, either through public spectacle or publications…their ability to inspire belief, even loyalty, in our heavily skeptical and sarcastic world, is easily as fascinating as any powers they professed to have
he book is divided into 6 sections: Chapter 1 discusses
like Polish born Wolf Messing, whose psychic talents caught the attention of Stalin; and Cagliostro, the founder of the Masonic temples. Chapter 2 looks at the
theories put forth by thinkers like Erich Von Daniken, whose bestseller
Chariots of the Gods
claimed that extraterrestrials visited Earth regularly and left behind plenty of clues in Mayan ruins. Covered in Chapter 3 are
like James Randi and Reginald Scot whose mission is life is debunking paranormal phenomena. Chapter 4 discusses
like Charles Fort who was an avid collector of all things extraordinary. For every real paranormal phenomenon, there are
, as outlined in Chapter 5. Finally, in Chapter 6, Wangler looks into the lives of
like Aleister Crowley,
Rasputin and the famous witch, Sybil Leek.
amous People of the Paranormal
is a well-written and fair account of some of the most memorable people - both past and present - who were able to tap into the public fascination with the unknown. Read some of their stories and then decide who and what you believe: the logical scientific explanation or the possibility of '
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