The Ghosts of Winston Churchill

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Sir Winston Churchill’s intriguing relationship with the supernatural has been largely overlooked. The man who was voted ‘Greatest Briton’ in a nationwide poll at the turn of the century will forever be best remembered for his heroics during our darkest hour. When Great Britain stood alone against the tyranny of the Third Reich in 1940, Churchill’s dogged determination, superhuman spirit and rousing rhetoric rallied the nation against seemingly inevitable annihilation.

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A Sense of Destiny

In his 2001 biography of Churchill, Roy Jenkins noted the great statesman’s vigorous sense of destiny. From an early age Churchill seemed certain that his life had a higher purpose and that at a critical moment in history, he would be called upon to robustly defend the national interest. Despite the calamity of Gallipoli in 1916 and of being dismissed as an anachronism by younger politicians prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, Churchill never lost this inner sense of purpose and commitment.

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Churchill’s generosity towards Gypsies is well known

A Sensitivity to the Supernatural

As an artist and accomplished author, Churchill was far more open minded and sensitive than is commonly assumed. Jenkins and other commentators have highlighted his respect for the Gypsies who would often pitch close to his ancestral home of Chartwell. Clearly the Prime Minister understood that it would be fortuitous to treat them with kindness and viewed their appearance as a good omen.

The British occultist Aleister Crowley also claimed to have suggested the PM make use of the ‘v for victory’ sign during the war. Several sources have indeed confirmed this to be true, and Crowley’s connections with the British secret services are now largely accepted. The mercurial occultist believed the sign to be symbolic of the god Horus who would help the British defeat Hitler. Whether Churchill spoke directly to Crowley is unknown, but his use of the sign became one of his defining war-time features.

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It was very unusual for a British politician of Churchill’s generation to adopt a sign. Did the Prime Minister accept advice from Aleister Crowley?

A Ghostly Visitation

Churchill wrote candidly about an extraordinary supernatural event which occurred at Chartwell after the war. Whilst painting, the ghost of his dearly departed father mysteriously materialised in the studio. According to the former Prime Minister’s account, his famous stiff-upper lip held firm and he felt no fear. He subsequently conversed with the apparition of Churchill Senior for several minutes – dutifully updating him on political, cultural and social events which had occurred since his passing. However, perhaps the great man’s composure could be attributed to an earlier esoteric experience. During a trip to the White House, Washington DC, several years before, Churchill claimed to have sighted the ghost of Abraham Lincoln.

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Chartwell in Kent where Churchill saw the ghost of his long-departed father.

Immortality

Churchill is now firmly embedded within the British national psyche – symbolic of cultural attributes such as the bulldog spirit and our sense of fair play. The ubiquitous spectre of Churchill may live on metaphorically, but there have been numerous sightings of his ghost since he exited the world stage in 1965. One of the most recent was at Queensway Underground Station in 2017 where Craig Cooper took a photograph of a peculiar misty apparition. Churchill utilised local tube stops in the Hyde Park area as bunkers during the blitz, and his formidable presence appears to still be looming large over anxious commuters and tourists.

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Craig Cooper’s mysterious photograph on the Tube. He also spoke of a strange ‘presence’. Source: mirror.co.uk

The author of the article is David Fox, a professional entertainer and freelance writer who is currently based in the UK. Visit his website at: www.davidfoxmagician.co.uk

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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.

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