to the 2001 Remote Viewing Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had
no idea of who Ingo Swann was. During the conference presentations, I
heard his name mentioned over and over with near reverence, like mentioning
the name of a creator god.
I prefer to think of Swann as a remote viewing creator demi-god;
a creative genius like Walt Disney. Most of what I’ve learned about him
is from his site.
So who is Ingo Swann?
He is the “Father” of remote viewing.
He was born in Telluride, Colorado on 2:30 a.m. on 14 September
He read his first dictionary when he was three. He read the Encyclopedia
Britannica cover to cover by the time he was in kindergarten. When he
was seven, he read “The Book of Tao” by the ancient Chinese philosopher,
Lao Tzu. He’d also read the Bible a few times and would make “box and
flow” diagrams or flow charts to illustrate what he was reading. Later,
these diagrams would be studied by the Stanford Research Institute (SRI),
the Pentagon and by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to discover
the theoretical foundations of psychic mind functions.
Swann began painting when he was five.
In 1955, he went on to get Bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and
Art. Swann then volunteered for a two year U.S. Army tour of Korea, after
which he decided to go to New York City and become an artist. He supported
himself by working in the Secretariat of the United Nations from 1958
In 1967, Swann’s life changed. He met Mrs. Buell Mullen, an artist
who designed huge stainless steel panels with indestructible epoxy paints.
She was suffering from neurological disorders from inhaling the toxic
fumes and hired Swann to lift the heavy machines she needed to etch the
One of Buell’s favorite topics was psychic phenomena. She would
throw large dinner parties that included British psychics. The psychics
would gossip about British Intelligence and British Customs Service using
psychics to help them achieve their missions. They gossiped about how
Hitler and Churchill tried to use psychics, as well as the Soviets.
Buell told Swann how she arranged for mediums to meet with Madame
Chaing Kai Shek. She went on to tell him that she’d been approached by
our own military, a Navy officer in uniform. From that point, Swann paid
closer attention to the British psychic's gossip. He eventually got to
know Dr. John Wingate, who was a professor at New York University who
served on the board of the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR).
Swann went on to meet a Mrs. Lucille Kahn, the “reigning” empress
of psychical research. She and her deceased husband, David Kahn, had discovered
and financially supported Edgar Cayce, the “sleeping prophet.”
Swann began to do “out of body” experiments and started to verbalize
what he “saw” throughout the experimental chamber. As this became more
difficult, Swann suggested that he sketch what he “saw.” Swann began
to sketch his concealed practice targets. The news of Swann’s success
got out to Buell, the Wingates, and others who knew of foreign governments
trying to use psychic ability to enhance their military.
Swann was working on repeatable experiments testing the out of body
perceptions until one day when he was waiting for the electrode machine
to be hooked up. As he waited, there was a “pop” and his perception went
through the wall and he “saw” the snow outside and a woman walking by
in a “ridiculous orange coat.” He was startled, ripped off his electrodes
and ran outside to see a woman dressed in an orange coat turning the corner
onto Central Park West.
Now the question was, how to move from “out of body perception”
of things in the next room to viewing things long distance?
The first long distance remote viewing experiment Swann was involved
in was held on December 8, 1971. He was hooked up to monitoring equipment
and was ready for the experiment. One of the ASPR workers had a sealed
envelope containing the target. She opened it and read the target “Tucson,
Arizona” to Swann over an intercom. Swann was supposed to remote view
Tucson’s weather. According to Swann, “Now something wondrous and magical
He describes a sense of moving that lasted a fraction of a second
and suddenly “There I was There. Zip, Bang, Pop.” He began speaking
as soon as he heard the target “Tucson, Arizona.”
"Am over a wet highway, buildings nearby and in the distance. The
wind is blowing. It's cold. And it is raining hard. I noted that there
was water glistening on the highway -- and then said:
‘That's it! Tucson's having a fucking big rainstorm,’ although the
forbidden word was not entered into the record of the experiment.”
Janet, the ASPR worker, then dialed the weather service in Tucson.
"Well, you're right on, baby.” she reported to Swann. “Right now
Tucson is having unexpected thunderstorms and the temperature is near
As the records of Swann’s experiments were piling up, a new category
was developed after he viewed a distant city from the lab in New York.
He suggested the term "remote sensing" or what we know today as
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