A SKEPITCAL LOOK AT FAMOUS OCCULTISTS
TONY AGPOA (1939-1982)
Agpaoa began the famous psychic surgery scam in the Philippines during the 1960's. The Philippine psychic surgery scam goes back hundres of years. Spanish conquistadors recorded it as far back as the 16th century. Spanish Priest/Explorer Pedro Chirino wrote in 1565, "He (the sorcerer) placed one end of the hollow bamboo upon the affected part while through the other end he sucked up the air; then, he let fall some pebbles from his mouth pretending they had been extracted from the affected spot...In times of sickness, these men were at there best, because in times of sickness they (the patients) were ready to venerate anyone who could give or at least promise to obtain a remedy for them."
Agpoa was a Filipino psychic surgeon who took his act on the road to the United States where desperate people paid thousands for his "services". Agpoa made enough money from his scam to afford a palatial home and even a gold plated Mercedes Benz! In 1968 on one such trip he was arrested in Detroit, Michigan, skipped out on $25,000 bail, and fled back to the Phillippines.
Despite that, he was still sought by terminally ill people and even featured in the 1977 mondo shock-umentary film, Journey Into The Beyond. Even in the documentary, the narrator (John Carradine) stated some people accused Agpoa of using the tricks of a stage magician. Agpoa and other psychic surgeons, could make their hands seem to go into solid tissue, remove growths, and seal the entry point without even leaving a wound. James Randi and other magicians have demonstrated that slight of hand and sometimes a magicians gimmick...a phony thumb tip...is used to create the illusion of removing tumors, blood, etc.. The psychic surgeons conceal parts of chickens and blood inside their hands or fake thumb tip, and claim they're tumors or such, and the patients blood. The reason no scar or wound is left is because the surgeon’s hands never actually enter the patient's body in the first place! Agpoa actually performed simple surgery such as removing cysts and draining infections on some patients using a knife, which was certainly dangerous since it was done in less than sterile conditions and he had no medical training!
Psychic surgeons play on people’s desperation. Their patients usually are people who have been diagnosed with incurable diseases and turn to these con men for help. Since the patients die rather than get better, there’s no one around to sue or complain to the authorities.
When Agpoa was suffering from appendicitis himself, he was flown in a Chatered jet to UCLA medical center for surgery, rather than use his own "psychic skills" to just simply yank the appendix out. When his son developed cancer, rather than use his alleged "powers", he had him taken to an American hospital as well, although the boy did not recover, unfortunately. Agpoa and the con men like him prey on the desperation of sick people, and are the worst kind of occult con men. Agpoa died at age 41. He, and all psychic surgeons, are fakes and frauds of the worst kind.
ELIZABETH CLARE PROPHET (1940-2009 )
Known as "Guru Ma", Prophet was the President of the "Church Universal and Triumphant", founded in 1958 as "Summit Lighthouse" by her husband, Mark Prophet (1918-1973). After Mark died Clare became head of the orginization, which she re-named.
Clare's Church started out as the usual run of the mill New Age church. On the surface, the group seemed innocuous enough, and Prophet and was even featured on an episode of the 1970's TV show, In Search Of about St. Germain. The Church was a split off of the "I AM" cult, of which Mark Prophet was a member. The cult always had a doom and gloom message of impeding wars and global catastrophe, and as time progressed, the cult evolved into a survivalist cult.
The cult’s teachings seemed to be similar to Theosophy in many ways. Like Blavatsky before her, Prophet claimed to be in contact telepathically with "Ascended Masters" that included Jesus, Morya, Buddha, and Count St. Germain...the 18th century fraud. The group is said to have arranged marriages and an authoritarian model of leadership , like the Moonies.
Prophet's cult moved from California and bought a remote, 12,000-acre site in Montana near Yellowstone in 1981. Prophet said in an interview with the L.A. Times in 1987, "We felt we were divinely led here...You know it is easier to meditate here than it is in Los Angeles. You have 10 million auras in Los Angeles and here you have wide open space."
Right, and it also proved a handy place to build huge underground bunkers in which to build bomb shelters and stockpile weapons, which Prophet did. By the time the bunkers were completed in 1990, the USSR which Prophet had predicted would attack the USA, had collapsed. Of course, many people living at that time thought war between the U.S.A and U.S.S.R was unavoidable, so Prophet seems to have merely followed the crowd. Nevertheless, in 1990 members went down into the bunkers, with kids screaming as they were strapped in for the Nuclear War to follow.
The shelters were poorly designed, and there were no toilet facilities. Human waste made by the 2,000 or so cult members in the bunkers was hauled out in 5 gallon buckets each day. After the world failed to end, the members emerged from the bunkers, and fortunately there was no Jonestown style massacre. On a humorous note, the largest bunker was later used as a bingo hall by the cult.
After a raid in the 1990's by the ATF, some of the group’s members went to jail for obtaining automatic weapons illegally. Fortunately it didn't end in a Waco like standoff. The group had legal issues with the IRS as well, and eventualled settled with them in 1993...including agreeing to relenquish ownership of an Army Tank. Hey, what Church doesn't need a tank?
Prophet stepped down from leadership of the sect due to health issues. She was said to be suffering from epilepsy and "an uknown nureological condition" which was later identified as Alzhiemers in her obituaray. In 1998 she divorced her 4th husband after he ran off with their nanny. All of Prophet's children have reportedly left the group.
The group began to lose both followers and money after the world didn;t end, and a new leader took over Prophet's duties in the 1990's. said the group would begin to focus love instead of doom. The group's new leader also said no member could be invovled in occult activities such as channeling...a bit curious since Prophet's claim to fame was channeling.
Prophet died in October of 2009 at age 70. Even though Clare’s prophecies have failed, her books are still in print.
MAYA DEREN (1917-1961)
Avante Garde film maker with movie star good looks of the 40's and 50's. She had degrees from Smith College and the New York University, including a PhD. She went to Haiti to film the black and white documentary Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti. In 1953, Deren's book by the same name was published by Vanguard Press.
Interested in Voodoo as a dance form, she wound up becoming fascinated with spiritism and was initiated into a Voodoo cult. The film was very popular with occultists during the 80's and 90's, but seems to be falling out of favor due to it's scenes of authentic animal sacrifce as a part of Voodoo rituals. Outside of Haiti, people like a more "sanitized" version of Voodoo and like to believe the animal sacrifices are mere "xtian propaganda". They can't be bothered with documentaries with actual film footage and such!
Her life stagnated after the filming in Haiti. She worked on more films she never finished (Divine Horsemen was actually finished in 1985, by her thrid husband and his wife). She became addicted to prescription drugs and seldom left her home. She died in 1961 at age 41.
SCOTT CUNNINGHAM (1956-1993)
Scott seemed to have all the answers, because he wrote several books on the occult, and how people can cast spells that work (at least according to Cunningham). Wicca A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner is on the shelf of almost every Wiccan, and many non-Wiccans.
Scott claimed to have first learned about Wicca from an unamed female High School classmate in the 1970's. He later went on to take creative writing at San Diego State University. He claimed after he had more published works than his professors, he dropped out to persue writing full time. Along the way he rubbed elbows with fellow Llewellyn authors Raymond Buckland and Donald Michael Kraig.
But Scott, despite all these “powers” and knowledge Cunningham supposedly had, he still unfortunately died from AIDS-related cryptococcal meningitis at the age of 43 anyway. His life doesn’t seem to have been anything extraordinary, he didn’t do anything what most people would consider to be "magic", and thus Cunningham’s books don’t work. Nevertheless, his books are still in print.
MISS CLEO (1962- )
A.K.A. Youree Dell Harris (said to be her real name), Cleomili Harris, Youree Perris, Cleo Harris, et al. Self proclaimed psychic and shaman who was spokesperson for the Psychic Friuends Network. Harris, who was actress from Seattle, and her lesbian lover created a production company to stage her own plays. Her plays failed at the box office, however. Youree/Cleo lied to the actors in the production company claiming she had bone cancer when she was unable to pay them. The actors claim Youree gave them promissary notes in lieu of payment, but at this writing has still failed to make good on them. She fled Seattle,WA leaving a trail of unpaid bills and broken promises. Youree played a Jamaican character in a play titled For Women Only that later became the basis for her psychic “Miss Cleo” character. In the late 1990's, she became a "psychic" for the now defunct Psychic Friends Network.
Anyone can become a “telephone psychic”, as no psychic powers are actually necessary (or even likely). The telephone “psychics”, actually read from a script, which has now been made available online by Court TV. Eventually she appeared as the Miss Cleo (pretending to be a Jamaican native) character in infomercials for the company, for a flat $1700 fee that she was paid.
The airwaves were saturated with commercials of Miss Cleo and her pitch in her fake Jamaican accent, "Call meh now fer ya free readin'!" The supposedly "free" calls actually cost callers around $6 per minute...about the same rate that Sprint charges for a phone call to Vietnam. One Customer sued after he got a bill for over $300 for his “free” call. After none of the Psychic friends predicted the terrorist attacks on 9-11-2001 (or they were awfully quiet about it if they did), the calls were said to have dropped off dramatically.
The FTC got an injunction against the Psychic Friends network. In 2002 Harris was actually sued herself by the State of Florida, which allows spokespersons to be held liable, but the suit was later dropped. In 2004 Harris appeared in a car commercial for a local Palm Beach car dealer as the Miss Cleo character. In 2006 Cleo tried to gain attention by “coming out” admitting she was a lesbian. The story made a few gay newspapers, but was mostly ignored by the main stream press. It’s very unlikely her career will ever rise from the grave, and you don’t have to be a psychic to see that.
AND WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Hopefully you won't ever make this list!
HEY, WHERE IS ALL THE MAGIC???
It seems occultists are not as powerful as they would like to think! How come people like Brad Pitt, Arnold Shawtzenagger, Donald Trump or Bill Gates aren't on this list? Sucessful people seem to do so without aid of the occult. Occultists seem to have a habit of dying in poverty, despite claims like witchcraft will make you rich in a ghetto(which is the title of a chapter of "The Magic Power of Witchcraft, BTW). The one that do make a fortune it do so by lying to and exploiting their followers (like Hubbard and Castro). Despite claims of miraculous healing by Wiccans and other occultists, there doesn't seem to be any evidence of it.
So what makes "famous" occultists so dad-blame famous? Except they left behind some books promoting superstitions after they died, there was usually nothing noteworthy about them! It's really hard to say they did anything that could be called "magic", unless you want to grasp at straws and call Aleister Crowley's drug induced hallucinations "magick". If you read "The Satanic Bible", you will come across "The Balance Factor". It says that a person shouldn't try to cast a spell for something that is out of his or her range. In fact, if you read between the lines of just about any occult book published nowadays, you will read similar advice. Candle Burning Magic by Raymond Buckland is a popular book, plagiarized from a similar book by Henri Gamache. Buckland also gives advice similar to LaVey's; cast spells for something you could get anyway. For instance if you want a brand new car, cast spells, get a job, save your money, buy a used car. Eventually trade your way up to a new car. BIG DEAL! This is NOT magic! People do this everyday, only without wasting their time casting "spells"! And if you're going to say "Well, magic doesn't work that way, you ignorant xtian!" My answer is, magic doesn't work, PERIOD!
Occultists make suckers out of their followers
People have noted Blavatsky had the habit of making fools of the very followers who trusted her. It's been said she made up the name "Koot Hoomi" as a play on words from the name of her loyal, but naive follower, Henry Olcott. Aleister Crowley once wrote a story about a man who traveled to see a great guru. The teacher asked the student if he wanted to know the ultimate secret. The student indeed did, and proceeded to shell out all the money he had for it. The secret turned out to be W.C. Field's famous line, "There's a sucker born every minute!" Crowley seems to have lived by this moto, using his students as meal tickets after he depleted his own funds, as well as bed mates. Crowley once drew a portrait of Buddhist and 60's guru Allan Ginsberg, later commenting in his diaries he had only done it thinking Ginsberg "had a lot of money", so he could sponge off him. This is the kind of person Crowley was...a con man!
To Crowley, a student was only good for money, or sex...or both. Likewise, many occult authors, teachers, and coven leaders are of this ilk. When they see you, you are either a potential source of money, or a potential bedmate. If nothing else, you're someone that can grovel and beg and then reveal the great "secrets" which can be learned at any local Books-A-Million. When you read of the ways the Frost's scheme to beat an airline out of free flights (in The Magic Power of Witchcraft), are you sure they won't treat you in a similar fashion? Even if you never plan to follow the ideas of the Frosts, what about other Wiccans you meet who follow their teachings?
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE "WISE", THEN REALIZE MAGIC DOESN'T WORK!
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The Occult Underground by James Webb
The Bare Faced Messiah by Russell Miller
A Piece of Blue Sky by John Atack
Satan's Assassins by Brad Stieger and Warren Smith
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The VooDoo in New Orleans by Robert Talant
The History of Magic and The Occult by Kurt Selegmann
The Nazis and the Occult by Dusty Sklar
The Satanic Bible Anton LaVey
Candle Burning Magic Raymond Buckland
The Master Book of Candle Burning by Heny Gamache
Anthroposophy and Ecofascism by Peter Staudenmaier
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