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An important book, which will both challenge and inspire. -- SMV News - Feb. 2001

The PK Man is a well balanced report on the life of self-proclaimed psychic Ted Owens. A man who seemingly displayed remarkable powers. -- John Alexander, Ph.D. National Institute for Discovery Science

From the Author

The PK Man is an adventure and research project in which I was engaged for over 10 years, studying a man named Ted Owens. He was a most unusual man, whose powers were of shamanistic proportions. Everything that I present in this book, unbelievable, as it may seem, did actually occur and I have the documentation to prove it.

The story began in 1976; Owens sent a letter to Russell Targ and Hal Puthoff, two parapsychologists at the Stanford Research Institute. His letter stated he would end the drought that was then plaguing California. He said he would make it rain, snow, sleet and hail. There would be blackouts, and UFO sightings. Within three days all of these things happened.

Owens was a Speaker at the London Parascience Conference held at the University of London, he claimed that he was an agent of the UFOs. He was their Ambassador and he had come to Earth to perform miraculous feats to end the droughts. To do wonderful things for people on Earth, he even called himself PK Man, meaning the “Psychokinesis Man,” the man who had power of mind over matter.

Later, Ted Owens showed me his files, as I looked through the many documents illustrating instances where he'd produced a wide variety of phenomena, I found a letter from Dr. Max Fogel, the Director of Education for MENSA, an organization for people with high IQ's. The letter stated that in 1973 Owens promised Vogel he would produce a UFO sighting within a 100mile radius of Norfolk, Virginia. A UFO did appear witnessed by a policeman. I asked Ted Owens if he would produce a similar demonstration for me. Could he make a UFO appear and be seen by reliable witnesses? He told me could make a UFO appear in front of hundreds of reliable witnesses. It'll be well attested. The story of that successful demonstration is one of the many that I present in The PK Man.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571741836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571741837
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on November 26, 2000
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"The loonies are coming out of the cracks again," said my wife, Caryl, as she handed me this book from our daily pile of mail. My first impression agreed with hers -- until I saw that it was written by Jeffrey Mishlove, whom I personally know and respect. "What's Jeffrey up to this time?" I wondered.
Ted Owens, who called himself "The PK Man" (PK = psychokinesis, mind-over-matter), was a flamboyant, controversial figure in the ufology community, who died back in 1987. During his lifetime, Owens predicted a wide variety of storms, plane crashes, and other disasters. He claimed to do this through mental contact with UFOs and non-corporeal beings that he called "Space Intelligences." Because he wanted Dr. Mishlove to write his biography, Owens regularly sent him copies of the predictions, along with clippings about events that he felt were fulfillments. The result is the worlds's largest collection of material on Ted Owens, which formed the database for this book.
The first manuscript was written back in 1979, but publication was delayed for a number of reasons, not the least of which was Mishlove's worry that the book would affect his own credibility. Had Owens merely predicted these events, there would have been no problem, since studies on precognition are considered legitimate in psi circles. But psychokinesis is another matter. Owens claimed that he actually CAUSED all those hurricanes, floods, snowstorms, plane crashes --- even the eruption of Mt. St. Helens (which, according to Owens, was a mind experiment gone wrong!) A book on a man who claims to control the weather through contact with UFOs sounds more than a little, well, uh -- crazy.
Personally, I don't believe Owens actually controlled the weather.
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This case study, told by psychologist Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, would be impossible to believe -- if it were not for the fact that the author has been known to me, and millions of others, for over a decade as the dignified and intelligent host of the national, public television series, Thinking Allowed.
PK Man deals with phenomena that are mostly relegated to fictional accounts like Harry Potter, Star Trek or the X-Files. But, Mishlove's documentation is impeccable in convincing me that the events he describes actually did take place. And, as Mishlove concludes, the case deserves further study because phenomena of this type are rare.
The book is about Ted Owens, who died in 1987 and who was studied by Mishlove for more than ten years. Owens claimed that he was in telepathic contact with hyperdimensional beings he called the "Space Intelligences." By virtue of this connection, Owens attempted to prove -- over and over again -- that he could control large-scale events such as hurricanes, climatic changes, UFO sightings, poltergeist phenomena, and power blackouts.
Ted Owens called himself the "PK Man." PK stands for psychokinesis, the parapsychological term for mind over matter. Typically, Owens would produce his forecasts, in writing, to Mishlove and other scientists in advance of the actual events. Newspaper descriptions and eye-witness accounts would follow. The events forecast by Owens (who claimed he would actually be "causing" them -- with the help of the Space Intelligences) were quite unusual and highly unlikely. That any of them at all happened, in fact, is strange enough. But, Mishlove documents dozens of such events. So, the big questions are: was this mere coincidence?
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I was enthralled to read this remarkable true life story of Ted Owens, also known as "The PK Man". Ted Owens achieved great fame and notoriety in the 1970's for accurately predicting numerous earthquakes, vehicle crashes (including the space shuttle Challenger), weather changes, sporting event outcomes, UFO appearances, and power outages, among other things. Ted considered himself to have psychokinetic (PK) abilities conferred upon him by what he called "the space intelligences", although he often had difficulty convincing skeptical journalists and scientists of his powers.
I love the way Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove methodically examines each example of Ted Owens' PK demonstrations in THE PK MAN, in order to determine the validity of Mr. Owens' claim that he was using psychokinetic (not precognitive or clairvoyant) powers. While Ted's PK powers were not 100% fool-proof, many of his predictions for unlikely events (such as a drought in Florida in the rainy season) came true, and his mere presence often seemed to trigger earth-changing events (such as the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens).
THE PK MAN fascinated me with its colorful descriptions of UFO manifestations, Ted Owen's vengeful PK attacks on those who doubted and discredited him, and the highlights from Ted Owens' PK training classes. Ted Owens' hypnotic trance suggestions were designed to greatly increase one's mental, emotional, physical and spiritual (including psychokinetic) powers... as well as help people contact extra-terrestrials... and they are included in their entirety in a chapter towards the end of the book.
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