Muldoon, Sylvan J(oseph) (ca. 1903–1971)
Pioneer American investigator of astral projection, also
known as out-of-the-body travel. His first experience was at the
age of twelve, stimulated by a visit with his mother to a Spiritualist
Camp at Clinton, Iowa. After going to sleep, he apparently
awoke to discover himself outside his physical body, looking
down at it, and connected by a kind of elastic cord or cable. He
thought at first that he had died, and prowled through the
house trying to awaken members of his family, but was eventually
drawn back into his physical body. This was the first of hundreds
of other projections.
In 1927, Muldoon read some books on the occult and psychical
science by the famous researcher Hereward Carrington,
in which Carrington had stated that the book Le Fantâme des Vivants
by Charles Lancelin covered practically all that was known
on the subject of astral projection. Muldoon wrote to Carrington,
challenging this statement and saying that he could write
a whole book on things that Lancelin did not know.
As a result, Carrington invited Muldoon to collaborate on
the book The Projection of the Astral Body (1929). The successful
collaboration led to two further volumes, The Case for Astral Projection
(1936) and The Phenomena of Astral Projection (1951).
These books have become classic works of their kind. Meanwhile
Muldoon wrote two additional books on his own Sensational
Psychical Experiences (1941) and Famous Psychic Stories
During much of his life, Muldoon suffered from ill health,
which may have been facilitated by his frequent separation
from the physical body in astral projections. In the latter part
of his life, his general health improved, but his ability in astral
projection correspondingly decreased and he devoted less time
to the subject.
Muldoon, Sylvan, and Hereward Carrington. The Case for Astral
Projection. 1936. Reprint, Chicago Aries Press, 1946.
———. The Phenomena of Astral Projection. London Rider,
———. The Projection of the Astral Body. London Rider, 1929.