The Philadelphia Experiment

Has the US military conducted experiments in time travel and invisibility?

Magician David Fox explores unusual phenomena.

The military continues to be a popular target for contemporary conspiracy theorists and sensationalists alike. There has been a seemingly incessant stream of intriguing tales involving UFOs, alien abductions, top secret new weapons (which defy the laws of physics), and mysterious clandestine operations since the genesis of the Cold War. Such incredible accounts of the bizarre have doubtlessly been fuelled by the insatiable public appetite for the weird and the wonderful. Popular literature and films focusing on potential military cover-ups have become intrinsically ingrained within the twenty first century mind-set. Indeed, one could argue that most rationally minded citizens readily accept the notion nowadays that governments and military institutions continue to deliberately conceal potentially disturbing information from the masses.

Typical science fiction themes such as time travel and extra-terrestrials were part of the post-war zeitgeist.

One such example of this is the ‘Philidelphia Experiment’ which is said to have taken place in October 1943 in the city’s naval docklands. At this period of the second world war, the Allied powers were desperately seeking to reduce colossal Atlantic shipping losses due to the deadly and ubiquitous threat of German U-Boats. British and American scientists frantically sought to provide effective solutions to utilise radar and new state-of-the-art technologies in order to mask both merchant and military vessels from Hitler’s fleet of marauding submarines.

The Allies endured horrendous shipping losses in the Atlantic. 120 vessels were sunk in the month of March 1943 alone.

Charles Berlitz and William Moore (‘The Philadelphia Experiment: Project Invisibility’ 1979) have sensationally recounted the peculiar tale of Carlos Allende, who claimed to have witnessed an American destroyer named the USS Eldridge mysteriously disappear before his very eyes in the Philadelphia docks. Other eyewitness accounts speak of the ship momentarily materialising over two hundred miles away in the naval docklands of Norfolk in Virginia. The vessel then apparently reappeared at its original location a few moments later in a haze of green fog. Indeed, if Allende and eye-witness accounts are to be believed, the US military not only succeeded in ‘cloaking’ (or rendering invisible) an entire ship, but also managed to conduct a successful teleportation of an object through time and space; rather like the phenomenon to be encountered on the pages of a science fiction novel.

The USS Eldridge. Were the crew and the ship subjected to an experiment in space and time travel?

Sceptics will naturally baulk at such a far-fetched tale, which even literary greats such as Jules Verne or HG Wells would struggle to incorporate within the plots of their most avant-garde offerings. However, there is evidence to suggest that scientists during this period were experimenting with Einstein’s ‘Unified Fields’ theorem which proposes that a particular combination of electromagnetic fields and gravitational forces can induce invisibility, teleportation and even time travel. The global conflict provided the stimulus for much scientific experimentation, and was undoubtedly a time of sensational technological advancement and innovation. By the culmination of hostilities in 1945, the nuclear age had dawned upon the citizens of the new world order, and the catastrophic effects of atomic warfare had become a horrific reality. So is it really so ridiculous to speculate if the US military, assisted by a selection of the finest scientific minds on the planet, were engaged in clandestine experiments which pushed the boundaries of time, space, and existence itself to previously unimaginable levels?

The mysterious Carlos Allende. Did he witness a US destroyer disappear into thin air?

The Philadelphia Experiment has now been very much immortalised within the annals of occult folklore, and Berlitz and Moore invite the reader to consider this most intriguing of tales. Their studies have since inspired numerous investigations into this mystery. Shady eye-witness accounts, disturbing tales of the disappearance of crew members who served on board the USS Eldridge, and vigorous accusations of a military cover-up perpetuate and enhance the legend.

David Fox Magician can be contacted via his website: www.magician-midlands.co.uk. David Fox is available for parties, weddings, corporate events and promotions throughout the UK and beyond. A childhood fascination in the supernatural and the unexplained catalysed David’s pursuit of magic, illusion and the unusual.

Our Mysterious Satellite… Who Built The Moon?

Title: ‘Who Built The Moon?’

Authors: Christopher Knight and Alan Butler

Year of publication: 2005

Who Built

‘They say all progress is dependent on the unreasonable person.’

It could be said that in the midst of the maelstrom of twenty-first century daily life, we can ill afford the time to contemplate our place within the grand cosmic scheme. The very pace of human existence throughout the developed world seems to have accelerated ten-fold since the internet explosion and the advent of the now ubiquitous mobile phone. Technology has dramatically compressed both space and time, and profoundly revolutionised the way we communicate, co-exist and consume. Indeed, the most imaginative of the great science fiction writers of the twentieth century would surely be amazed by the seemingly incessant march of technological progression and its incredible influence upon the human race.

However, despite our great achievements within the realms of science, engineering and telecommunications, the human race will always remain ensconced within the seemingly eternal cycles of nature herself. Our very physical bodies will forever be entwined within the natural rhythms of Mother Earth despite the fact that over one half of the world’s population now dwell in urban areas. Indeed, one massive natural influence upon everything on this planet so often goes seemingly unnoticed or unaccounted by many. Our solitary satellite; the Moon, continues to effect the tides, the growth of crops, animal behaviour, birth rate, crime incidence, health conditions and infinitely more factors than we can comprehend. Even prior to the dawn of human existence, the presence of this mysterious sphere has played a major role in the development of the world as we know it.

Christopher Knight and Alan Butler’s text entitled ‘Who Built The Moon?’ raises some fascinating questions and both authors have conducted a considerable amount of research in order to arrive at some controversial yet highly stimulating theories. Knight and Butler’s contribution to our understanding of past civilisations and alternative historical discourse in recent years has been exceptional. Indeed, since reading ‘The Hiram Key’ (co-written by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, published in 1996) I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to read the consistently illuminating and meticulously researched works of all three authors.

Knight and Butler’s bold theory is based on the fact that without the Moon, life on Earth would most certainly have not developed into its current state. For example, they appreciate that the phenomena of plate tectonics is unique to our planet in the solar system, and the gravitational influence of our satellite has been instrumental in creating an opportunity for a diversity of species to flourish upon planet earth. Indeed, it may very well have been the gravitational forces of the moon which were responsible for permitting the first DNA molecules to develop billions of years ago in the deepest darkest depths of the pre-historic oceans.

Furthermore, the authors have revealed some startling mathematical calculations involving Earth, Sun and Moon which challenge the notion that the Earth and human species are merely ‘chance’ creations. The idea that blind coincidence has had a part to play in the development of such a complex biological system is questioned by a series of incredible observations. For example, the Moon is four hundred times closer to the Earth than the Sun and four hundred times smaller than our closest star. Another incredible deduction involves the universal usage of the ‘Megalithic Yard’ among the inhabitants of the ancient world. This mysterious unit of measurement appears to have been utilised when our pre-historic ancestors fashioned many of the great stone circles, statues and monuments of antiquity. What is even more intriguing is that Megalithic geometry appears to compliment the movements of both Sun and Moon to seemingly non-coincidental figures: ‘to our total amazement there were 100 Megalithic Yards per lunar Megalithic second of arc’ and for the sun: ‘we know that the sun is 400 times the size of the Moon it should logically have a perfect 40,000 Megalithic Yards per second of arc.’

Was the Moon 'created' by a higher intelligence? It seems to fit too perfectly into the complex incubator which sustains life on Earth.

Was the Moon ‘created’ by a higher intelligence? It seems to fit too perfectly into the complex incubator which sustains life on Earth.

In essence, Knight and Butler fuel the debate that the development of our Earth, and the subsequent appearance of modern human beings some 43,000 years ago, may have been instigated and overseen by a higher extra-terrestrial intelligence. This notion was once scoffed at by the scientific establishment, but it is becoming more and more apparent that there are is an ever-growing plethora of questions concerning the development of our planet and species which remain unanswered. The sudden appearance of cro-magnon man around 40,000 BC and his subsequent meteoric development into the dominant species on the face of this planet is arguably the greatest puzzle of all time.

Like all of their works, Knight and Butler write in a highly engaging style which can be readily appreciated. They achieve a fine balance between science, history, theory, astronomy and anthropology in order to present a highly thought-provoking and vital study of this area. Who built the moon? Did a higher intelligence visit our solar system billions of years ago? And has this advanced being continued to visit the Earth at decisive intervals throughout the course of time? The ideas and theories espoused within this text most certainly compliment those of Erich Von Daniken, Alan Landsburg and other free-thinkers who are not predisposed to the wholesale acceptance of the views of the academic establishment.

David Fox frequently blogs about matters of an unworldly and perplexing nature. David is a professional magician, illusionist and mind-reader who performs magic throughout the UK and beyond…