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What's so super about the supernatural?
Gardner, Robert, 1929-
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Discusses ESP, psychokinesis, ghosts and apparitions, UFOs and extraterrestrials and other paranormal phenomena, as well as some of the hoaxes that have been perpetrated involving the supernatural.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.2 3.0 29018.
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BF1031 .G15 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An entertaining overview of ESP, fortune-telling, and other supernatural phenomena -- with explanations of what makes them less than "super, " including activities readers can do to replicate other-worldly experiences.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Whether readers are interested in ESP, psychokinesis, haunted houses, seances, or extraterrestrials, they'll be fascinated by this book about the supernatural. Noted science writer Gardner examines paranormal phenomena (events that cannot be explained by scientific laws or theories), and provides readers with the opportunity to decide on their validity for themselves. He goes on to explain the "trick" at the heart of certain phenomena, and offers a collection of experiments readers can use to test their psychic abilities, and a series of stage tricks they can perform to amaze, amuse, and impress observers. Fun as well as thought-provoking, the selection can't miss with readers, particularly reluctant ones. A bibliography is included. --Mary Romano Marks

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-A splash of cold water in the face of a hot topic. The great majority of presentations on ghosts, psychic powers, and mysterious phenomena are either cautiously neutral or enthusiastically promotional in their presentation. Gardner takes some of the best-known paranormal activities and events in the modern Western world and quickly debunks them. Psychic surgery, Uri Geller's spoon bending, Ted Serios's thought photography, dowsing, psychic predictions, ghost stories, the Roswell Incident, the filmed alien autopsy, and crop circles are briefly described and just as swiftly explained as hoaxes or natural occurrences. Nearly half of the book is devoted to experiments for exploring one's own telepathic or psychic powers in a relatively neutral way. However, it is not clear why attempting psychic communication with a pet requires a lot of furniture and an opaque screen when the experimenter is just trying to get the animal to come to him from another room. The author also includes many psychic demonstration tricks that can be played on audiences for fun and amazement. In keeping with the spirit of skepticism, the bibliography lists titles that are painstakingly neutral or debunkings. Although the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), publisher of the Skeptical Inquirer, is mentioned, no address or Web site is listed. Overall, this title is a down-to-earth look at popular mysteries.-Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.