Matthew Manning

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Matthew Manning
Born (1955-08-17) August 17, 1955 (age 58)
Residence Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk
Nationality British
Ethnicity Caucasian
Occupation Author and psychic

Matthew Manning (born August 17, 1955) is a best selling British author and healer, alleged to have psychic abilities. As a child he and his family were allegedly subjected to a range of poltergeist disturbances in their Cambridge home and later at Oakham School.[1]

Life[edit]

While writing a school essay Manning claimed to have discovered that he had the ability to do automatic writing and found that in doing so it would weaken or completely stop the poltergeist activity. It is also alleged that he could do automatic drawing, sometimes called mediumistic automatism, and claimed to draw in the styles of many famous artists including Pablo Picasso. Manning told the San Francisco Examiner that an art expert at Sotheby's in London had thought one of his Picasso copies so good it might be mistaken for an original. The skeptic James Randi investigated this claim by writing to the gallery. A Sotheby’s official replied that the claim was "absolutely not true" as they were forgeries of existing works.[2] Manning told the London Daily Mirror his drawing of a monkey had caused "great excitement" because it was strikingly similar to an original by Jan Savery that the Rijksmuseum kept locked away from public display in a vault. This was also investigated by Randi who wrote a letter to the museum and it was discovered the claim was false as the original was on display to the public, not locked up in a vault.[2]

Key apparently bent psychokinetically by Manning.
Key said to have been bent psychokinetically by Manning (more)

Manning was also tested for psychokinetic abilities by psychologist William Braud of the Mind Science Foundation in the late 1970s, with results that, according to Braud and coauthors in a psychical research paper published in 1979, were better than chance.[3] Additionally during this time, it was reported that he could "bend metal paranormally, affect electrical equipment, move compass needles, and make medical diagnoses."[4] The magician John Booth has written Manning's metal bending is a magic trick performed while lightly stroking the object.[5] The physicists John Taylor and Eduardo Balanovski tested Manning in distance viewing and the results proved "completely unsuccessful".[6]

The events of his childhood and later investigations by George Owen of the Cambridge Psychical Research Society[7] were published in a 1974 book entitled The Link, which was translated into 16 languages and eventually sold more than a million copies.[8]

Career[edit]

Today, Manning works as a psychic healer and lecturer. The former is a claimed ability of his, of which the medical community remains skeptical.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Braud, W., Davis, G., & Wood, R. (1979). "Experiments with Matthew Manning," Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 50, 199-223.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Roger (2006). Psychics, Sensitives and Somnambules. McFarland & Company. p. 110. ISBN 0-7864-2770-1.
  2. ^ a b Gordon, Henry. (1988). Extrasensory Deception: ESP, Psychics, Shirley MacLaine, Ghosts, UFOs. Macmillan of Canada. pp. 101-102. ISBN 0-7715-9539-5
  3. ^ Haynes, Renée (1982). The Society for Psychical Research, 1882-1982: A History. Macdonald. p. 138. ISBN 0-356-07875-2.
  4. ^ Berger, Arthur S.; Berger, Joyce (1991). The Encyclopedia of Parapsychological and Psychical Research. New York: Paragon House. pp. 255–256. ISBN 1-55778-043-9.  "He also found that he could bend metal paranormally, affect electrical equipment, move compass needles, and make medical diagnoses. ... Manning has turned to healing in an attempt to prove that we are all interconnected."
  5. ^ Booth, John (1986). Psychic Paradoxes. Prometheus Books. p. 57. ISBN 0-87975-358-7.
  6. ^ Taylor, John (1980). Science and the Supernatural: An Investigation of Paranormal Phenomena Including Psychic Healing, Clairvoyance, Telepathy, and Precognition by a Distinguished Physicist and Mathematician. Temple Smith. p. 83. ISBN 0-85117-191-5.
  7. ^ Richard Cavendish and Brian Innes. (1995) [1970]. Man, Myth & Magic: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythology, Religion, and the Unknown. New York: Marshall Cavendish Corporation. p. 1626, v. 12. ISBN 1-85435-731-X. OCLC 228665658.  Entry for Matthew Manning. Mentions separate lab experiments with Owen and Braud; automatic drawing, metal bending, and healing.
  8. ^ a b Lambert (February 22, 1997). "Matthew Manning Mystifies Scientists. How Can He Heal Just By Touch?". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved April 9, 2010. 

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