Office of Paranormal Investigations
The Office of Paranormal Investigations (OPI) is an organization
focused upon scientific research on spontaneous occurrences
of psi phenomena, an area abandoned by most contemporary
parapsychologists who concentrate on repeatable
laboratory results. Of primary concern are sightings of ghosts,
hauntings, and poltergeists, for which the office provides consulting
services, especially to people who have been disturbed
by such phenomena occurring in their homes or place of business.
Though aware of the problems of proving scientifically
the phenomena with which it is primarily concerned, OPI personnel
attempt to assist people in understanding what is happening
and if possible take steps to remove it. Most on-site investigations
occur in the San Francisco Bay area, but OPI
associates are located across the United States.
Founder and head of OPI is Lloyd Auerbach, best known for
his writings, including three books, ESP, Hauntings and Poltergeists(1986),
Psychic Dreaming (1991), and Mind Over Matter
(1996), and his regular column in FATE magazine. Auerbach
is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.A., 1978) and JFK
University (M.S. in parapsychology, 1981). Since 1983 he has
been an adjunct professor at JFK University. He served as the
president of the California Society for Psychical Research for
four years (1988–1992), and in 1989 he became the president
of the Assembly of American Magicians (the first person to
serve as the head of both a professional magicians’ association
and a parapsychological research organization). He founded
the Office of Paranormal Investigations in 1989.
OPI publishes a monthly newsletter, Invisible Signals. It
maintains an Internet site at The
office has no physical facilities but may be contacted through
its website or telephone hotline.
Auerbach, Lloyd. ESP, Hauntings and Poltergeists. New York
Warner Books, 1986.
———. Mind Over Matter. New York Kennsington Books,
———. Psychic Dreaming. New York Warner Books, 1991.
Office of Paranormal Investigations. http May 20, 2000.

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