The Philip Experiment

philioIs it possible to create an “entity” using nothing more than your mind? Many believe that this was done back in the 70’s ,by a group of parapsychologists in Canada, while others believe it was nothing more than parlor tricks of the time. Keep in mind that this experiment was recorded and is accessible on line for viewing. Instead of me telling you my thoughts, I think it is best I give you the account of what supposedly went down and let you decide if they definitely created “PHILIP”, or if it was something else entirely. I hope you enjoy.

The story begins in 1972 in Toronto, Canada. Dr. A.R.G. Owen (self proclaimed poltergeist expert and mathematician by trade), along with eight people from the Toronto Society for Psychical Research, decided to conduct a study to prove that an entity could manifest itself by using nothing but the thoughts of individuals. The theory in itself is not a new one. Buddhists have long believed this to be true, they called this entity a Tulpa. Anyway, back to the story. They first had to come up with a backstory to really give this entity a “life” is you will. The following is the biography they came up with:

“Philip was an aristocratic Englishman, living in the middle 1600s at the time of Oliver Cromwell. He had been a supporter of the King, and was a Catholic. He was married to a beautiful but cold and frigid wife, Dorothea, the daughter of a neighboring nobleman.

One day, when out riding on the boundaries of his estates, Philip came across a gypsy encampment and saw there a beautiful dark-eyed girl. Her name was Margo, and he fell instantly in love with her.

He brought her back secretly to live in the gatehouse, near the stables of Diddington Manor – his family home.

For some time he kept his love-nest secret, but eventually Dorothea, realizing he was keeping someone else there, found Margo, and accused her of witchcraft and stealing her husband. Philip was too scared of losing his reputation and his possessions to protest at the trial of Margo, and she was convicted of witchcraft and burned at the stake.

Philip was subsequently stricken with remorse that he had not tried to defend Margo, and would pace the battlements of Diddington in despair. Finally, one morning his body was found at the bottom of the battlements, whence he had cast himself in a fit of agony and remorse.”

Now that they had his biography, they needed to come up with a visualization of what they thought “Philip” should look like. One of the researchers came up with what they thought he should look like. Some say that the recreation of “Philip” looked a lot like Jesus is supposed to look. The picture included is Philip.

All aspects of “Philip” had now been created. It was time to go ahead with the experiment. The group would get together and talk of “Philip’s” life, as if they had really known him. As well as talking about his life, they would also meditate about him. I’m not real sure on how many times a week they met, but this continued for a year. “Philip” never showed any sign that he was there. When he had not showed himself they decided to take the experiment on a new approach that had shown some interesting results in the 19th century, a seance.

The new way of conducting this study continued for about a month, when finally, “Philip” made himself known. At first the table would vibrate and shake but later on in the experiment he began to answer questions. He would answer the questions with knocks on the table. One knock for yes and two for no. With all of the researchers having input on his life, they all knew what his answer should be. This continued for some time and he even started to add his own input into his story with historical accuracy and sometimes inaccuracy. This isn’t the only activity that they would experience. It is said the table itself would move around the room. He was also said to control the lighting in the room on command.

Now that they were getting activity they needed to make sure that none of the researchers were making it happen. As a way to make sure that none of the researchers were moving the table, it’s said that paper doilies were placed under there hands to make sure they could not move the table. They also went as far as to record each person making knocks in different audible ranges and comparing them to “Philip’s” knocks. They were said to not have the same reverberation as his did. They even videoed their sessions and invited the public in to view their seance. At one point a whole new group was used and the same results ensued. To view on the experiments you an go to:

Now…..what was really happening? I will give you some possiblities, but like I stated above I will not lead you one way or the other. This is where I want you to do some more research on “Philip” and come to your conclusion. Now to the possibilities:

1) They actually produced a Tulpa through mere thought.

2) It was actually all a big hoax and all the activities were staged and rehearsed.

3) What they actually produced was a poltergeist, as it is believed that poltergeists are merely produced by ones subconscious.

4) It was something else coming through giving them the false hope and lying that they were indeed “Philip”. When in actuality they were not.


Allen Marston

Allen Marston

Director / Chair Health & Safety at Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research
Allen grew up in a small town in Southern Virginia. His interest in the paranormal began as a young child after his parents told him of some experiences that they had over the years involving UFO’s and Ghosts. He began reading every thing about the paranormal he could get his hands on, thanks to his mother. As the years went by he had many experiences and feelings that he could not explain. One day he found out about a group in his area that was actually conducting paranormal investigations in his area and attended a public investigation with this group. He was totally hooked and began doing investigations with this group. After some time he and another member decided to leave the group to gear towards conducting more scientific investigations. Allen is co-founder of Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research where he specializes in audio and EVP. His team is the first to ever investigate the buildings of the Appomattox Court House Historic Park, where the surrender of Civil War occured. He has a passion for the paranormal and strives to bring all teams together to hopefully find concrete proof of the fringe sciences. When Allen is not working as a professional firefighter, you can find him spending time with his wonderful family, working other jobs to make money, creating artwork or finding more places to investigate.
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