The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations

The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations

Stephen E. Braude

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226071527

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


For over thirty years, the author of this book has studied the paranormal in everyday life, from extrasensory perception and psychokinesis to mediumship and materialization. The book is an account of his most memorable encounters with such phenomena. Here the author recounts in detail five particular cases—some that challenge our most fundamental scientific beliefs and others that expose our own credulousness—beginning with a south Florida woman who can make thin gold-colored foil appear spontaneously on her skin. He then travels to New York and California to test psychokinetic superstars—and frauds—such as Joe Nuzum, who claim to move objects using only their minds. Along the way, the author also investigates the allegations of K.R., a policeman in Annapolis who believes he can transfer images from photographs onto other objects—including his own body—and Ted Serios, a deceased Chicago elevator operator who could make a variety of different images appear on Polaroid film. Ultimately, the author considers his wife's surprisingly fruitful experiments with astrology, which she has used to guide professional soccer teams to the top of their leagues, as well as his own personal experiences with synchronicity—a phenomenon, he argues, that may need to be explained in terms of a refined, extensive, and dramatic form of psychokinesis.