Supernatural Magazine

Paranormal Review SPR Editorial Issue 78 2016


That rare individual, Dr Alex Tanous, may no longer be with us, but his memory and work lives on, mostly due to the activity of the Alex Tanous Foundation and now also due to the enterprise of SPR member Callum E. Cooper. Amongst the plethora of people claiming to be psychic, Tanous is noteworthy for his involvement with Dr Karlis Osis and the American Society for Psychical Research, and his willingness to test his claims under laboratory conditions.

Cooper has recently edited some previously unpublished material by Tanous and published it as Conversations with Ghosts with White Crow Books. It was Cooper who approached me to do this special feature and introduced me to Alice Tanous Kelley, Alex Tanous’s niece and Research Assistant at the Alex Tanous Foundation. She has been exceptionally helpful in providing illustrative material for this issue.

In addition, Cooper solicited some very personal contributions from well-known and much-respected figures in psychical research, in alphabetical order: Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson and Gerd Hövelmann. Attendees at last year’s SPR conference (jointly held with the Parapsychological Association) will remember Prof. Haraldsson’s excellent talk on the Icelandic medium Indridi Indridason and Hövelmann being presented with the greatly deserved Parapsychological Association’s Outstanding Career Award.

Special features give the Paranormal Review a unique character and allow us to explore issues in a greater depth than one normally finds. But of course, I always aim to include articles on different topics. This issue we have a number of original historical and theoretical researches, as well as some new features.

Wim Kramer and Maurice van Luijtelaar recently made some important archival discoveries and now present their thorough analysis of a most interesting case; and Robert Charman takes the implications of Predictive Anticipatory Activity head on. Readers will also notice two new features: one focusing on the people; the other on some of their weird things. To make this work, I need your help and to risk sounding like Number Two from The Prisoner: ‘We want information… information… information’. Please do send me an email when you do anything paranormal.


7 Permanent Paranormal Object

Dr Leo Ruickbie asks whether Prof. Josephson’s unusual desk key really did bend reality.

18 Dancing Tables*and Ignes Fatui

Wim Kramer and Maurice van Luijtelaar analyse their recent discovery of reports and photo-graphs from experiments conducted by Dr Tenhaeff and Gerard Croiset in 1951.

24 Physiological Premonition

Robert Charman explores the implications of the evidence for Predictive Anticipatory Activity.

27 Announcements

CFPs and research funding.

28 Making Things Happen

Callum E. Cooper and David T. Saunders report on the SPR’s 69th Study Day.

32 Ghosts in the Machines

Brandon Hodge reveals a famous violinist’s fascination with the Additor.

34 Letters

Does teleplasm leave a stain?

35 Contributors

36 Events

The SPR’s 40th conference.


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The SPR was the first organisation established to examine allegedly paranormal phenomena using scientific principles. Our aim is to learn more about events and abilities commonly described as ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal’ by supporting research, sharing information and encouraging debate. The SPR is a Registered Charity, established in 1882.

Leo Ruickbie

Leo Ruickbie

Dr Leo Ruickbie, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, AKC (Associate of King’s College), was awarded a PhD for his thesis on the sociology of contemporary witchcraft. He is the author of four books to date, most recently A Brief Guide to the Supernatural and A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting. He is a member of the Society for Psychical Research’s Education and Publicity Committee, a member of the Parapsychological Association, and a council member of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik. He is also the editor of the Paranormal Review, the magazine of the Society for Psychical Research.