Agpaoa, Tony (1939–1982)
A Filipino Spiritualist healer, born in 1939, who claimed to
perform surgery with his bare hands without anesthetic. To
perform psychic surgery Agpaoa passed his hand across the
area to be operated, and an incision appeared. He operated either
with his fingers or a pair of scissors, and the wound appeared
to suture instantaneously without scarring.
As with similar psychic surgery in Brazil, such operations
were highly controversial. Early reports, were most positive, but
later studies have condemned Agapoa and his colleagues as
clever conjurers. For example, in his book Flim-Flam! James
Randi pointed out that when Agpaoa needed to have his own
appendix removed, he had the operation at a San Francisco
hospital, although there were scores of other psychic surgeons
in the Philippines. In fact, Agpaoa was treated in a hospital for
a stroke that he died from in 1982. (See also José Arigó)
Sources
Chesi, Gert. Faith Healers in the Philippines. Austria Perlinger
Verlag, 1981.
Jensen, Bernard. Tony The Miraculous Spiritual Healer at
Work. Escondido, Calif The Author, [1966].
Randi, James. Flim-Flam! Buffalo, N.Y. Prometheus Books,
1982.
Sherman, Harold. Wonder Healers of the Philippines. Los Angeles
DeVorss, 1967.
Valentine, Tom. Psychic Surgery. Chicago Henry Regnery,
1973.

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