Carancini, Francesco (ca. 1863–1940)
Italian physical medium. He was widely tested by Baron L.
von Erhardt and the Society for Psychical Research of Rome,
further studied at Paris by Cesar Baudi De Vesme, Lemerle,
and M. Mangin, and also investigated at Geneva by Professors
Clarapede, Theodore Flournoy, and Batelli. He sat in darkness,
tightly bound, and produced strong telekinetic phenomena,
such as making objects float and levitation, and occasional
materializations, of which flashlight photographs were taken.
Several times he was accused of cheating, but Baron von Erhardt
remarked that the hypothesis of fraud in this case implied
that the experimenters were absolute imbeciles. Nevertheless,
such charges were made by W. W. Baggally (1910) and
by others (see Annales des Sciences Psychiques, 1913, pp. 243–47).
Baggally, W. W. ‘‘Some Sittings with Carancini.’’ Journal of
the Society for Psychical Research 14 (June 1910). Reprinted
in Everard Feilding, Sittings with Eusapio Palladino and Other
Studies. New Hyde Park, N.Y. University Books, 1963.
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. Encyclopedia of Parapsychology
and Physical Research. New York Paragon House, 1991.

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