Relevant Magickal Trick
Sub-Figura vel Liber VIII
Control and the Indian Rope Trick
By Jerry W. Decker, Ron Barker, Chuck Henderson
In the book, "Beyond Telepathy,"
Dr. Andrija Puharich recounts his
experience with an Indian fakir. Also present at the event were a
colleague and several hundred other witnesses.
A rope is cast up into the air
where it remains suspended yet with no visible means of
A small boy goes up the rope
followed by an apparently angry magician wielding a knife.
Both magician and boy seem to
vanish at the top of the rope. Screams are then heard,
followed by a grisly rain of dismembered parts.
The magician reappears at the
top of the rope and climbs back down holding a bloody knife.
He then places the bloody parts in a box, closes the lid and
within moments the boy emerges smiling and whole with no
In some performances, witnesses
see a dog run off with an arm or leg which of course has to
Puharich and his colleague saw the
magician collect the parts of the boy in a basket, go back up the
rope and return with the boy whole.
All during this spectacle, pictures were taken to record the
phenomena. When the film was developed, the fakir and boy were seen
to be standing impassively by the rope lying coiled on the floor.
Puharich concludes that the,
"hallucination was telepathically
inspired and extended to the several hundred people present."
In 1934, the Rope trick was performed in
London on two separate occasions. When the film from concealed
cameras was developed, the rope was seen to remain lying on the
ground while the boy sneaked off to hide in the bushes.
Witnesses to the event were seeing scenes which did not actually
occur in reality, but the mental projections of someone skilled in
the art of either hypnosis or extreme concentration with the ability
to telepathically project what they visualized.
A variation on the Rope trick was witnessed in French West Africa by
William Seabrook in 1930.
"There were two living children
close to me. I touched them with my hands. And equally close
were the two men with their swords...iron, three-dimensional,
metal, cold and hard. And this is what I now SAW with my eyes,
but you will understand why I am reluctant to tell of it, and
that I do not know what SEEING means.
"Each man, holding his sword stiffly upward with his left hand,
tossed a child high in the air with his right, then caught it
full upon the point...No blood flowed...
"The crowd screamed now, falling to its knees. Many veiled their
eyes with their hands, others fell prostrate. Through the crowd
the jugglers marched, each bearing a child aloft, IMPALED UPON
...and disappeared into the witchdoctor's enclosure."
Seabrook later saw and touched the
children, who seemed completely undamaged by their ordeal. Few
illusions can be so arrogantly paraded through a disbelieving crowd.
Recent conversations with our friend Larry B. yielded an interesting
Loosely told, our friend said he
knew a hypnotist who went to India to study the fakirs and prove
that neither mesmerism or hypnotism could be used to influence
the actions or perceptions of another WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT or
them being consciously aware of it.
On docking, the hypnotist was wandering around the dock when he
met a small, kindly Indian man. A discussion led to the purpose
of the visit. The hypnotist was looking at the Indian and
stating that he was absolutely certain the NO ONE COULD BE
INFLUENCED against their knowledge or without being aware of it.
As he spoke, a storm began to blow in. The clouds grew dark and
ominous and the wind began to rage. People were being blown down
and into the water while boats were tossed around as if made of
The hypnotist grew rather alarmed at what was happening around
him and on looking back at the Indian, he noticed a kindly
smile. INSTANTLY, all signs of a storm disappeared to reveal a
perfectly clear day as if NOTHING HAD HAPPENED AT ALL.
Needless to say, the stunned hypnotist actively sought the
instruction of this unusual Indian. Further exploits involved
the introduction of the hypnotist to an Indian fakir.
Discussions with the fakir came to the inevitable point of
proof. At that time the hypnotist saw the man pick up a flower
pot and dash it against the corner of the room where it broke in
The fakir then told the hypnotist that an illusion could best be
broken or avoided by anything which focuses concentration. This
could be a sensation such as pain, or intense concentration on
something which you know, without doubt to be true.
The hypnotist was told to select such a fact at which he chose
2+2=4. The fakir instructed him to continue to concentrate on
that fact by repeating it over and over.
As the hypnotist carried out these simple instructions, he
looked over at the corner where the broken flower pot was lying.
To his amazement, there was nothing there. On turning to the
fakir, he saw the flower pot held in the fakir's hand as if it
had never been thrown.
He was confused momentarily which caused him to break
concentration. As this occurred, the flower pot in the man's
hand disappeared and reappeared broken in the corner just as it
had been "thrown" in the beginning.
On again focussing his concentration on 2+2=4, the flower pot
was restored in the fakir's hand.
Another story involved the witnessing of the rope trick. The man
observing the event was quite taken up in the unfolding drama
when he suddenly felt a sharp sting at the base of his neck.
When the sting occurred, he slapped at it and again looked
toward the fakir and his assistant. To his amazement, the fakir
and the boy were seen to be sitting quite still with the rope at
The crowd was collectively looking into the air as if the entire
drama was continuing.
Much of the above is unverifiable...
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