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The Philip Experiment – Evidence

The Philip Experiment – Evidence

In 1972 Alan George Robert Owen, mathematician, parapsychologist and co-founder of the Toronto Society for Psychical Research (TSPR), came up with an experiment to create a ghost.  It would appear the afterlife might not be the only one’s responsible for physical manifestations of spirit communication.  (Read More)

Paranormal experts claim that most physical phenomenon such as strange noises, moving objects, etc., are nothing more than manifestations of the human mind.  To test this theory Owen assembled a group of eight members of the TSPR, none of whom possessed any particular psychic ability.  The group consisted of a former nurse, former chairperson of MANSA Canada; housewife, heating engineer, accountant, bookkeeper, sociology student and an industrial designer.   To begin Dr. Owen asked the group of eight to fabricate the fictitious identity, physical appearance, and detailed personal history of their “ghost” subject.

They created the life and story of one Philip Ayesford, who was an catholic aristocrat born in England in 1624.  Engaged in an early military career, Philip was knighted by the age of sixteen.  He had been a supporter of the King, had an illustrious role in the Civil War, later became a secret agent of Prince Charles II and married a beautiful but cold and frigid wife, Dorothea, the daughter of a neighboring nobleman.

 In time Philip lead himself to his own demise by falling in love and having an affair with a beautiful dark-eyed, raven-haired Gypsy girl named Margo.  When Philip’s wife discovered his secret love, she accused the girl of witchcraft, and had her burned at the stake.  Overcome with remorse that he had not made any attempt to defend Margo in despair Philip had committed suicide in 1654 at the age of thirty.

Initially the group of eight sat in a circle around a composite sketch of their Philip Ayesford, meditated, visualized, and discussed the details of Philip’s life.  While some sitters claimed to have felt a presence in the room or having experienced clear mental images of Philip no phenomenon, no apparition ever appeared.  The group then changed their strategy by employing classic séance practices.  Within weeks afterwards they began to see results like raps on and under the table.  Communication with Philip had been established and for over a period of ten years the group of eight met on a weekly basis producing a range of phenomena that could not be scientifically explained.

The group noted the table itself felt different to the touch in the presence of Philip, having a subtle electric quality and a fine mist was seen forming over the table.  They communicated with Philip through table-rapping where he responded with yes or no answers to questions that were consistent with his fictitious history, but he could not offer anything more beyond the story that had been created, nor could he provide any information about events or people of his time that were unknown to the group.  Philip was however able to turn the lights off and on, shake the table, move the table from side to side, on its side, and balance it on one leg.  Most astonishing, the group reported that the table would become animated rushing over to meet latecomers, and even trap members in the corner of the room during some sessions.

The peak of the experiment was a séance conducted before a live audience of 50 spectators at City TV in Toronto as part of a television documentary.  The Philip Experiment produced results well beyond everyone’s expectations and in the end the group of eight concluded the materialization of Philip was produced by their own collective consciousness.  Not long after other groups formed to put the experiment to the test with their own fictitious characters which included “Lilith,” a French Canadian spy during World War II; “Sebastian,” a medieval alchemist; and “Axel,” a man from the future.  Recently, a Sydney, Australia group attempted a similar test with “The Skippy Experiment.”  The six participants created the story of Skippy Cartman, a 14-year-old Australian girl.  In all groups the phenomenon experienced was relatively the same supporting the theory that the human mind can produce spirit communication through expectation, imagination and visualization.  Either that is the sufficient conclusion, or some funky after lifers have been having a time playing with human consciousness.  Until science can explain the phenomenon and predict when it will occur, we won’t know for sure.

You can check out some footage from The Philip Experiment here,  www.youtube.com—watch and here vimeo.com—14698763.

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