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[Closer to Death] The Scientific Proof Behind ‘The Apparition’

Watching a ghost story like The Apparition, you wouldn’t think that any of it could be even remotely based on a true story. Oddly enough, you’d be wrong.

At the beginning of The Apparition, a seance-like trial is conducted under scientific conditions, which ends up manifesting a supernatural entity from beyond. In the film they called it The Charles Experiment. Well, in the early 1970’s, a group of researchers performed something very similar called The Philip Experiment, and it was all caught on tape.

Though not nearly as violent, contact was made with an entity over the course of months, resulting in everything from communicative knocks, to the seance table shifting around – sometimes rising above the floor. What made this “Philip” case so unique, besides there being ample footage of their findings, is the fact that this was a rare “man made ghost” – meaning that the person they were attempting to contact was completely fictional.

Generating spectral responses while attempting to contact a made-up person opened up the minds of occult scientists everywhere. Were sounds, interferences, and contacts made during seances solely from the spirit world? Or could they also be the result of concentrated energies of the living mind?

In the end, the “Philip” experiment came to an abrupt halt when one of the group members declared aloud, “we only made you up, you know”. All activity thereafter completely ceased. “Philip”, however, re-manifested “itself” later with another group.

“Philip”, seeming to be a manifestation of “the human mind”, opened up further studies correlating with the alternative school of thought that poltergeist activity could sometimes be the result of extreme stress – derivative of either the dead, or the living.

The Apparition arrived on home video this past Tuesday.



  • John Marrone

    I don’t believe in ghosts and these sort of things, but I watched the footage, and saw that table move during the seance. Looked real enough, just cant help but think its bullshit.

  • gordongirl_18

    It says the video is private when I try to watch.

    • John Marrone

      Thank you so much for mentioning that! Fixed.

  • Joe-Banger

    Good article John. Have you seen the apparition yet? I hate cgi anymore but Im dying to see this film!

  • gordongirl_18

    I’d like to believe but I think this is more about people than ghosts. I think the people really really believed they would contact a ghost and so they manifested one, not an actual ghost though, just something they made up. It reminds me of people that gon on the internet to find what illness they have and find some horrible rare disease and start having the symptoms. It ranks right up there with hysterical pregnancy.

    As far as the movie, I think it sounds interesting but I really just want to see Draco Malfoy in a ghost movie.

    • John Marrone

      It is about people, as opposed to ghosts – The Philip Experiment. There’s a single truth behind that video. Either they rigged the set with magnets or something, or psychokinetic power is real, either from “ghosts” or a group of living minds concentrating on the same thing, as in this case. I just think its rigged. Nobody ever moved a pencil across the table or bent a fork with their mind. Cmon… So you think they really moved the table?

      • gordongirl_18

        I don’t think they moved the table because they all looked a little too smug as it was going on. I do think people in groups can establish what I can’t on my own or I would have killed a million of our customers at work by blowing their heads up with my mind.

        • gordongirl_18

          This also reminds me of an episode of Paranormal State that was on the other day. This family claimed to be suffering from poltergeist activity. The husband was scratched and things were thrown. At the end of the episode they told the wife that she was subconsciously causing everything with her menopause. I laughed so hard I almost fell out of bed.

  • John Marrone

    In reply to both of you Ill say, yeah, I saw The Apparition. It was like a lot of horror movies coming out in theaters lately. OK. Meh. Watchable but weak. Not bad, just nothing you havent seen before 100 times.

  • Joe-Banger

    Ok thanks! CGI sucks but it seems like it was the only way to pull off a film like the apparition. I saw enough ads for it to know that a lot cgi was used in it. It looked scary though. And I myself ESP. I cant control it, it comes and goes on its own. So maybe telekinesis or psychokinesis is real. Ive seen alot strange things in my 30 plus years in this life.

  • Ultrazilla

    Interesting video, I’ve never heard of this before. Not sure I believe in the paranormal, this could all be faked…but I try to keep an open mind. If it’s real though, who knows what could be causing the activity. Ghost? Group psychic ability? What about something else entirely…some other kind of entity that isn’t human (living or dead) related at all? Answers we’ll probably never know.

  • diapers

    I’ve stayed away from The Apparition, as it’s imdb score is neck and neck with Wrong Turn 5. But heck, maybe I’ll give it a go, whilst fortified by spirits of the alcohol variety, yuk yuk.

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