Rochas d’Aiglun, Lt.-Col. Eugene AugusteAlbert
de (1837–1914)
Prominent French psychical investigator, famous for his researches
in human emanations, hypnotism, reincarnation,
and physical phenomena. He served as attaché to the French
General Staff during the Franco-Prussian War and was administrator
of the École Polytechnique of Paris, but owing to his interest
in occult investigations was forced to resign.
Rochas was the first writer to acquaint the French public
with the claims concerning the od made by Baron von Reichenbach.
His own experiments in the exteriorization of sensitivity
were preceded by those of Paul Joire, but he had unique
observations to his credit.
He contributed new perspectives on the theoretical elucidation
of the mystery of physical phenomena—the exteriorization
of motricity. Rochas’s book of the same title, in which his
theory is expounded, summed up his experiments with the medium
Eusapia Palladino, who was his guest in his country
house at l’Agnelas, near Voiron, and sat in the presence of a
large committee of scientists. Much of this work, of course, has
been discarded as psychical research discounted physical phenomena
as largely the product of fraud.
The interest of Rochas extended to every branch of psychical
research. As an investigator he was keen and competent.
Charles Victor Miller, the San Francisco materialization medium,
came to Europe at his request, although he did not sit for
Rochas. Nor did Rochas succeed in witnessing full materializations
with other mediums. The second visit of Charles Bailey,
the Australian apport medium, was arranged by him. Bailey
came to Grenoble in 1910 and, as it turned out, was exposed
as a fraud amid much excitement.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Reichenbach, Karl von. Aphorismen Über Sensitivität und Od.
French ed. as Le Fluide des Magnétiseurs. Edited by Albert De
Rochas. N.p., 1891.
———. Les effleuves odique; L’envoutement; Les frontières de la
science. N.p., 1902.
———. Les états profonds de l’hypnose. N.p., 1892.
———. Les états Superficiels de l’hypnose. N.p., 1898.
———. L’Exteriorisation de la motricité. N.p., 1896.
———. L’Exteriorisation de la Sensibilité. N.p., 1895.
Rochas, Eugene Albert de. Les Forces non définies. Paris Masson,
1887.
———. Receuil de documents relatifs à la levitation du corps humain.
N.p., 1897.
———. La Science des Philosophes et l’Art des Thaumaturges dans
l’Antiquité. N.p., 1882.
———. Les Sentiments, la Musique et le Geste; Les Vies Successives.
N.p., 1911.
———. La Suspension de la Vie. N.p., 1913.