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    Psychokenesis: Thought Photography

    There's area of ITC (Instrumental Transcommunication), that's call "Thought Photography" and a good example of this is shown in the video below of a Japanese teenager who is doing a demonstration of this.




    http://paranexus.org/parapedia/index...ht_Photography
    "In the 1970’s, the Japanese Nengraphy Association (nengraphy being the Japanese name for thoughtography) conducted experiments with the Japanese teenage psychic wonder, Masuaki Kiyota. He proved to have the ability to transmit images on to unexposed film under strict scientific conditions. [10] Dr. Walter Uphoff supervised a series of experiments with Kiyota under laboratory conditions in Tokyo, as well as in the United States for a special NBC-TV program on the paranormal. He was able to produce photographs of a nearby hotel and other images using a Polaroid camera, even though it was placed on a table across from him with its’ lens cap on, and the shutter release never touched."



    In this thread, I'll post some more information on some other examples of 'thought photography'. What I find interesting about this phenomenon is that there are times when things show up on film for those who can do this sort of thing that were not things they were focusing on before and during the experiment. Some can say that the phenomenon also taps into ones unconscious mind and that those things that show up that were not focused on could be from that level instead... for the experimenter.

    Then there are cases when things show up that are somewhere within the vicinity of where the experiment is taking place.. like buildings or street views, for example. The experimenter will not be focusing on such things at all yet they still show up in the undeveloped film that they focused on. Sometimes what shows up is not even anywhere near where the experimenter is taking place... i.e. a building or scene from some other place clear across the world or even "time".

    Then there are times when things show up that are actually part of photographs taken previously by others that are seen books (but not always because sometimes they are isolated photo's or photographic material of one sort or another). This part of the phenomenon indeed brings up accusations of fraud yet, it's just another weird aspect of this phenomenon too. What's even stranger about this is that the experimenter claims that they have never even seen the book before and had no prior knowledge of its existence and that the same photo that showed up in his experiment, was to be found in the book. I run across this aspect of this phenomenon a few times and needless to say it's very embarrassing for the experimenter/psychic photographer because such evidence like that definitely points in the direction of fraud, but because there have been a number of incidents like this among those who are good at thought photography and paranormal photography, those of us who study such material have been willing to give some of those psychics who have had that happen before the benefit of the doubt especially for those who have clearly demonstrated their abilities in thought photography or paranormal photography already for several years.
    In my own view, in cases like what's described in the above paragraph, I'm not ruling out that those spirits whom the psychic photographer is consciously or unconsciously working with, actually goes to a book or a photo somewhere and then impresses that image onto the film. So in that case, it was the spirit (or a being from those realms outside of our own) that was using psychokinesis to impress that image onto the film in the experiment and not experimenter himself and it's not unlike how apports show up in legitimate seances
    At any rate, we are, afterall, dealing with the paranormal which means that we don't make the rules because there are other forces out there that are calling the shots. This means that 'anything' can happen and anything is possible. That is the nature of Fortean Phenomenon's.
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    The images that show up in film showing locations from other parts of the world are also said to be retrieved remotely via out-of-body/traveling clairvoyant states. Forgot to add that in my previous post.
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    Some of the earliest experiments in thought photography were conducted by Tomokichi Fukurai.
    "In the early 1900’s, Fukurai, an assistant professor of psychology at Tokyo University and President of the Psychical Institute of Japan, worked to prove his theories regarding nensha(spirit photography). In 1913, Fukurai worked with a woman named Sadako Takahashi, who claimed to have developed both clairvoyance and thought photography through breathing and mental exercises. When asked to imprint particular Japanese symbols on unexposed photographic plates using only her mind, the woman consistently succeeded imprinting the target. [5] In 1928, he visited, William Hope, a famous medium photographer, with the hope of proving or disproving his psychic talent. He removed the possibility of “slight-of-hand”, by signing each plate beforehand, and had his assistant standing beside Hope the whole time. Fukurai claimed that the photographs produced were genuine."
    http://paranexus.org/parapedia/index...ht_Photography


    http://www.evp-experiments.nl/pages/itc.htm


    Professor Fukurai with psychic extra taken by William Hope in 1928.
    http://paranexus.org/parapedia/index...ht_Photography
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    Ted Serios

    It was not until the late 1950s that a claim for psychic photography was taken seriously by researchers. The special gift for creating these photographs was discovered in Ted Serios, a Chicago Bellhop who had little formal education. The phenomena began when Serios allowed a friend to hypnotize him just to pass away the time. Serios claimed to be able to describe the locations of buried treasure. The friend then suggested that he concentrate on making photographs of the locations when he pointed a camera at a blank wall and triggered the shutter. They did not find buried treasure, but to their amazement, actual images appeared on the Polaroid prints of things that were not visible in the room.

    The phenomena came to the attention of members of the Illinois Society for Psychic Research who eventually persuaded a Denver psychiatrist, Dr. Jule Eisenbud, to observe one of Ted's demonstrations. After a long string of failures, Serios managed to produce a striking success for Eisenbud, who, although he had engaged in previous psychical exploration with the context of psychoanalysis, was unprepared for phenomena of this sort. After a sleepless night, he invited Serios to Denver for further study. Eisenbud spend two years conducting well-controlled studies with Serios. He was quite aware of the history of fraud and gullibility in research of this sort and claims that he took every precaution to guard against it. He book, The World of Ted Serios, published in 1966, contains the results obtained from his examinations.
    http://www.williamjames.com/Folklore/MINDOVER.htm



    The way in which Ted's mind ostensibly shaped the pictures was sometimes quite remarkable. In one session, in front of several witnesses, Ted first tried to reproduce images of the medieval town of Rothenburg. Then the experimenters asked him to try to reproduce an image of the old Opera House in Central City, Colorado. Serios agreed, and then asked the experimenters if they would like a composite of both images. The results are extraordinary. The photograph shows a striking resemblence to the livery stable across from the old Opera House. However, instead of the brick masonry, the image shows a kind of embedded rock characteristic of the buildings in the medieval town.

    The large photograph shown is an enlargement of a Polaroid "thoughtograph" of the Denver Hilton Hotel. Eisenbud held the camera, which as pointed at Serios' forehead. Ted, at the time, was trying to produce an image of the Chicago Hilton ("I missed, damn it.") Eisenbud claimed that this image could only have been made with a lens different from that of the Polaroid 100, from an angle well up in the air, between the tree tops. This suggests that the thoughtographs are associated with out-of-body or traveling clairvoyant states.
    http://www.williamjames.com/Folklore/MINDOVER.htm



    The photos in the top row of the image below is showing a photograph taken by an observer of Ted Serios while he was focusing on impressing an image onto film. Notice the orb that formed in front of his face.


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    Well that brings back memories... There was a Dutch magazine, called 'Kijk' (meaning 'watch' or 'look') that I read in the 70s, that had some articles on thought photography.

    I notice most of the illustrations here, too, are in Dutch.


    Edit to add: apparently the magazine still exists: http://www.kijk.nl/
    It focuses on popular science, as well as parapsychology.
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    Michaela Kelly
    Parapsychologist, D. Scott Rogo, witnessed and wrote an account of an unexpected skotograph. While hypnotized, Michaela Kelly’s hand was placed on a piece of enlarging paper. The result was a photograph of a cartoonish picture of an aged female face in a shawl with the letters N A D printed on it. When re-awakened, Kelly stated that even though she didn’t remember thinking of the aged woman, she identified her as a past housekeeper named Naddie who always wore a shawl. [12]
    Uri Geller
    In the 1990’s, Uri Geller began to perform thought photography by using a 35mm camera with the lens cap affixed. He would reportedly then take photos of his forehead. When the photographs were developed, Uri claimed that the images had come directly from his mind. Lawrence Fried, President of the Society of Media Photographers investigated Geller’s claim. To ensure there would be no trickery, he secured the lens cap with 2-inch cloth-like tape around his own camera lens. Geller pointed Fried’s camera towards his head and pressed the shutter. Even though no light could have reached the film, the resulting photograph, even though blurred, was unmistakably a photograph of Geller.[13]
    During an interview by news reporters, Roy Stockdill and Michael Brennan, in Miami Beach at the Eden Roc Hotel, Geller revealed his talent once more. Using Brennan’s Nikon camera, with its’ locked lens cap and pointed at his face, rapidly exposed several rolls of film. Two of the films were blank, however, two photos on the third roll were distinct pictures of Geller.
    http://paranexus.org/parapedia/index...ht_Photography
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garuda View Post
    Well that brings back memories... There was a Dutch magazine, called 'Kijk' (meaning 'watch' or 'look') that I read in the 70s, that had some articles on thought photography.

    I notice most of the illustrations here, too, are in Dutch.
    I got the images that are in Dutch from a Dutch ITC experimenter's website... here's that link. http://www.evp-experiments.nl/pages/itc.htm
    Could be though that he got those images from that Dutch Magazine, thanks for pointing that out!

    PS -- thanks for that link Garuda! Looks like an interesting site and am checking it out now! thanks!
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    More on Ted Serios:

    The photographs below are some more thoughtographs by Serios. During the experiment, Dr. Eisenbud would tell Serios a word or phrase to concentrate on. For example, when he told Serios to focus on the word "Iron", cars on a road showed up in the photographic thoughtograph. And for the word "castle" a rocket ship showed up instead.
    And when Serios was put in a Faraday Cage where a few other scientists were present for that experiment too, a thoughtograph of a military parade showed up that Serios did not recognize at all but that apparently was normal for him because he rarely recognized any people showing up in his photos.



    http://www.evp-experiments.nl/pages/itc.htm

    Here's some more information on Serios:
    Ted Serios came to the world’s attention, briefly, upon the 1967 publication of The World of Ted Serios: Thoughtographic Studies of an Extraordinary Mind, by Jule Eisenbud. Eisenbud was a psychiatrist interested in the paranormal powers of the mind; Serios was an unemployed alcoholic bellhop from Chicago who could allegedly project images on unexposed film by staring into the lens of a camera with intense concentration. In “carefully controlled” experiments, while chugging quarts of Budweiser, the oftentimes shirtless Serios would work himself into a sort of ritualistic froth, snapping his fingers at the moment of telepathic impact and then falling back into his chair exhausted. The results were mixed, but he did sometimes inexplicably produce imagery of buildings, people walking down the street, Neanderthal families, and space ships. This seemingly random archive was guided by Eisenbud who placed “target pictures” in manila envelopes for Serios to access and re-imagine onto the instant film. The bubble of interest in Ted Serios was part of a larger cultural fascination with the paranormal that peaked in the late 1960s in the climate of alternative lifestyles that included meditation, new age religions, and “mind-expanding” drugs. Serios was not a participant in, but a subject of this cultural phenomenon. In a way Eisenbud viewed him as a kind of “urban primitive,” who still had access to ancient powers of the mind that modernity had banished as superstitious and uncivilized. Recently there has been some resurgent interest in Serios, not so much in terms of his telepathic powers but more in relation to a peripheral history of photography, a chronology of photographic image-making at the margins of the accepted canon.
    http://www.umbc.edu/cadvc/blur/serios.html



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    Ted Serios
    Untitled
    [Parthenon]
    May 13, 1965
    Polaroid Photograph
    Photography Collections
    Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    http://thereweretentigers.blogspot.c...tographic.html
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    In 1896,David Starr Jordan, PhD, LLD, (1851–1931), who was a president of Stanford University, California, and a highly distinguished ichthyologist captured his own "thoughtograph" that has since been called "Jordans' Astral Cat".

    "According to the 1911 edition of Cassell’s Cyclopaedia of Photography (p541), “it is recorded that [in 1896] Prof. Jordan… placed seven men in front of his camera and asked each one to think of a cat; they did so, and the resulting photograph was ‘a collective psychical image which is none other than the astral cat in its real essence.’” This experiment, its original report makes clear, was inspired in part by the work of Inglis Rogers."
    http://www.forteantimes.com/features...he_damned.html

    Here's that photograph... and btw, I'm also seeing what looks like fish that's to the left of the cat. That a fish would show up in his photo too is not surprising because Jordan was a noted ichthyologist.


    Below is the camera that he used that had a special lens on it:
    Tracking down Jordan’s original article in the US magazine Popular Science Monthly (“The Sympsychograph: A Study In Impressionist Physics”, PSM Vol 49, Sept 1896, pp597–602), we discover that it was in fact a Mr Asa Marvin, a member of the Alcalde Astral Camera Club, who “had devised a camera with a lens having curved facets arranged on the plan of the eye of the fly. To each one of the seven facets led an insulated tube provided within by an electric connection, so that electric or odic impulses could be transferred from the brain or retina through the eye of each different observer to the many-faced lens. From the lens these impulses would be converged on a sensitive plate, as the rays of light are gathered together in ordinary photography.”
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    Michaela Kelly
    Parapsychologist, D. Scott Rogo, witnessed and wrote an account of an unexpected skotograph. While hypnotized, Michaela Kelly’s hand was placed on a piece of enlarging paper. The result was a photograph of a cartoonish picture of an aged female face in a shawl with the letters N A D printed on it. When re-awakened, Kelly stated that even though she didn’t remember thinking of the aged woman, she identified her as a past housekeeper named Naddie who always wore a shawl. [12]

    The center image is that skotograph and the men on each side are the two parapsychologists who were there with here during that experiment.
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