The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof: A Book by Rosemarie Pilkington, Ph.D.
The Spirit of Dr Bindelof

Released May, 2006, The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof: The Enigma of Seance Phenomena, is an original work by Rosemarie Pilkington, Ph.D.

ROSEMARIE PILKINGTON, a writer, musician, and educator has a Ph.D. in psychology (consciousness studies) from Saybrook Institute. In addition to writing many articles and book reviews on psychic phenomena, she compiled and edited Men and Women of Parapsychology: Personal Reflections, published in 1987 by McFarland, an anthology that earned praise in Europe and the Americas and spawned several similar books in the years that followed.

Most people think all physical mediums are fakes because of the frauds who sought to capitalize on the success of real mediums and because of arch skeptics who refuse to accept what they don't understand. This book demonstrates that these mind-boggling feats such as the movement and levitation of tables or other objects, ectoplasmic apparitions, direct voices and raps are indeed real. Their existence illustrates just how little science knows, and shows us that we need to revise our understanding of reality in order to explain these phenomena.

The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof focuses on one little known episode of physical mediumship. Gilbert Roller's utterly charming and disarming autobiographical account of a group of teenagers who experimented with seance phenomena and contacted an alleged spirit named Dr. Bindelof.

Rosemarie Pilkington
Author Rosemarie Pilkington follows up with the history of these extraordinary physical mediums and the remarkable feats they perform, placing the Bindelof case within this wider framework and bringing it up to date with a review of contemporary "secular" mediums.
  The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof: The Enigma of Seance Phenomena

by Rosemarie Pilkington
Anomalist Books
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 1933665130
248 pages, $15.95

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What they’re saying . . .

"There is much to be learned from this lively and informative book. For the absolute beginner, it is an ideal guide to the history of home sitter groups, with practical advice on how to start your own. For the more advanced, there is much to be learned here about how to get positive results..."

-Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, January 2007, 45-46.

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"For years insiders in the sciences dealing with anomalies and psychic events have heard accounts of the legendary Bindelof Society, a group of teenagers who reported a series of remarkable experiences in the 1930s. Rosemarie Pilkington and two of the original Bindelof group bring these experiences to life providing us with a compelling glimpse into the world of seance phenomena. Dr. Pilkington provides an historic setting to this gem of a story and we are treated to a singular and unique adventure that even the most skeptical reader will appreciate.”

— Stanley Krippner, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School, co-editor of Varieties of Anomalous Experience

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"..the boys who carefully recorded the supernatural events resulting from their contact with Dr. Bindelof are, as this book shows, undeserving of any suspicion either of fraud or of ulterior motive. Their records speak for themselves, and the phenomena they experienced were real; leading to yet another urging to all of us that we consider such happenings as both genuine and as enlightening. "
-Bob Girard, Arcturus Books

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This fascinating book recounts a series of seances held in the early to mid 1930s by teenage boys. The Bindelof account is well worth reading for its own sake, but in addition the book provides an excellent overview of "physical" (as opposed to mental) mediumship and related psychic phenomena. One of the cases Pilkington explores is that of Ted Serios. . . .

Michael Prescott, Michael Prescott's Blog

Visit Dr. Pilikington's page in the Parapsychology Foundation's Lyceum Library!

Kudos from readers:

"I recently finished your book and I wanted to thank you for it. It's opened up a new world of possibility re: the power of the mind.....or rather it's reminded me of what I feel like I already knew on some level. It sounds like you had a lot of
very interesting experiences!" -- Judy Boone, M.D.

"Your book is one of the best introductions to any subject for a novice
that I've ever read; and, I've been a novice at many areas, especially
science. Part page turner, part scholarly dissertation,I've recommended
it to all the people I work with in various groups, many of whom still
can't see parapsychology as a legitimate science.
Do you plan a next installment?" -- Richard Besley, M.D.


You can see Gil Roller and Montague Ullman in this video made at
the Parapsychology Foundation in the 1980s talking about their extraordinary experience as teenagers.

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