The alleged performing of paranormal surgery with bare hands, in which the body is opened and closed without use or benefit of surgical instruments.
In psychic surgeries patients remain fully conscious and allegedly experience no pain. While some observed surgeries remain unexplained, many have been exposed as fraud, accomplished by sleight-of-hand tricks known to most stage magicians.
Psychic surgery received much Western media attention in the 1960s and 1970s, prompting thousands of sufferers to seek treatment in the Philippines and Brazil, where psychic surgery was easily available.
Some patients have reported cures that are supported by medical diagnosis, but many have not been cured. Some of the 'tumors' removed from patients have been found to be chicken or pig organs, other lumps of animal flesh, or balls of cotton wool palmed by the surgeon. Kidney stones have been exposed as ordinary pebbles. Animal blood is concealed in little plastic bags in the palm or in false thumbs; in some cases the blood is already congealed when it allegedly spurts out of the patient. Using the blood, wads of cotton, and sheets for diversion, the appearance of penetration can be created by folding the knuckles against the skin. Many psychic surgeons demonstrate on obese patients, whose fatty skin is easy to manipulate. If patients complain of pain, no cures, or other postoperative problems, psychic surgeons often blame them on the spirits, past-life karma, or a lack of harmony between the patient, healer, and magnetic vibrations in the room.
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Sources: (1) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (2) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing.
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