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Mind Control and the Indian Rope Trick
By Jerry W. Decker, Ron Barker, Chuck Henderson
Vangard Sciences/KeelyNet, July 1990

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 support.

  • 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 apparent damage.

  • In some performances, witnesses see a dog run off with an arm or leg which of course has to be recovered.

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 HIS SWORD...

...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 story.

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 balsa wood.

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 many pieces.

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 their side.

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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