Kluski, Franek (1874– )
Pseudonym of a distinguished Polish poet and writer whose
remarkable physical powers coexisted with psychic gifts. As a
child of five or six he had presentiments, visions of distant
events, and saw phantoms. He thought the phantoms natural
and talked with them familiarly. In 1919 Kluski’s psychic gifts
were discovered when he attended a séance with Jan Guzyk. His
talent annoyed him at first, but curiosity prevailed and he consented
to experiments. Various phases of physical phenomena
developed, culminating in materialization, during which, like
Elizabeth d’Esperance, Kluski retained consciousness.
For scientific research he placed himself readily at the disposition
of the Polish Society for Psychic Research and the Institut
Métapsychique of Paris, where his first sittings took place
in 1920 in the presence of Charles Richet, Count de Grammont,
and Gustav Geley. The paraffin casts of materialized
limbs made in these séances were considered among the best
objective evidence of supernormal power ever produced.
Another curious feature of Kluski’s materialization séances
was the appearance of animal forms, which included squirrels,
dogs, cats, a lion, and a buzzard. One of the most disturbing
manifestations was a large primitive creature like a huge ape
or a hairy man. The face was hairy, and the creature had long,
strong arms and behaved roughly to the sitters, trying to lick
their hands and faces. This materialization, which Geley named
‘‘Pithecanthropus,’’ exuded a strong odor like ‘‘a wet dog.’’
Geley considered Kluski a universal medium, a king among his
contemporaries. He found the clairvoyance that was manifest
in Kluski’s automatic writing scripts almost terrifying.
The best account of Kluski’s mediumship is the 1926 book
(in Polish) by Col. Norbert Ocholowicz, Wspomnienia Z, Seansow
Z (Medium Frankiem Kluskim).
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Geley, Gustav. Clairvoyance and Materialisation. London,

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