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The Stigmata Effect.

Hey everyone.

This is a bit of a strange request but here goes nonetheless. I am currently compiling research on the “Stigmata” effect, an examination of modern methods of instant and profuse bleeding of the palms. As well as related effects. If anyone knows any sources of either newspaper articles or like that I may have missed in my research I would be very grateful if they would be kind enough to point me on my way.

Thanks for your time hope for some intresting pointers,

Luke Jermay.

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I would say checkout the movie "Stigmata". It delves into the phenomenon itself. As far as how the achieve the effect? How about Latex, tubes, fake blood, and a few pumps.
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There was a book many years ago, entitled, how to start your own religion or something like that, you could pick it up through underground book stores. The book detailed how to make statues bleed tears, and the like, was actually a pretty good read!! Also, for a lighter side of things check out Steve Martin's movie "Leap of Faith"..........hehehe. I will have to track down the book, it has been about 10 years since, I looked at it.

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I had some time today, I did not come up with the book, I mentioned (sooo many boxes to go through), however you may want to check out:

Looking for a Miracle: Weeping Icons, Relics, Stigmata, Visions & Healing Cures
by Joe Nickell

A nice read, I think you can still get this at most book stores.

Scams from the Great Beyond and more Scams from the great beyond is considered good reading, but I have not read them, so I can't really offer a good review of them.

I will still look for the book, I mentioned.

Kevin Smile
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Just so you know, stigmatics have it all wrong. People who believe tend to bleed from their palms and feet and each one picks a different side of the stomach to bleed from. Why is this wrong? Well, Romans would crucify individuals by nailing them through the wrist or forearm and through the ankles... why? because the weight of the body would rip open the hand if nailed this way. As for the stomach wound, in the Bible a Roman soldier stabs Jesus in the stomach to see if he is dead, but it is not described as to which side he stabbed. So stigmatics have been taking their wounds from pictures that depicted the crucifixion and not what probably really occurred.
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There is an investigation into stigmata, focusing on South America, in the current issue of the Fortean Times.

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Doesn't Banachek use stigmata in his show?
This is a great phenomenon. I have a couple of ideas on how you can do this, even on someone elses hand. If you are interested Luke, PM me. You should also check with Randi at the foundation. He may be able to point you in the direction of some written material.

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Robert Neale also published an effect based around this in Tricks of the Imagination.

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Al Mann apparently covers stigmata effects in his booklet, "The Marks of Saint Germain". A fairly rare piece it seems, the only place I can find a copy is here:
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There is a stigmata effect in Penn & Teller's book "How to play with your food".
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I have a stigmata effect that I came up with a while ago where your hands as well as your feet start to bleed. Anybody interested in this routine can PM me.

Thanks for all the nice responses and additional ideas for my "Stigmata" effect. Your guys are great!
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I don't know about other methods but I've always found that praying really, really hard does the trick for me.
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Do some online research on Father Pio.
Father Padre Pio, was the holy friar of our times. "All has its origin with the Christian age when Christ rose from the dead after three days from that sepulchre garrisoned by roman and Judaic guards."
- The Myster of the Stigmata in Art
One of my favorite collected icons is that of Father Pio. I include a photo of it at my personal site (no magic info. there - sorry).
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Father Pio's stigmatic condition was so severe during the Holy Mass that the average alter boy's job included changing the bandages on the Father's hands and wringing out bloody rags.
On May 3, 1999, the day after the beatification of Father Pio, Pope John Paul II said:
". In him God's mercy was made flesh in the fullness of time, to bring salvation to humanity mortally wounded by sin. "By his wounds you have been healed" (1 Pt 2: 24), the blessed father repeated to all in the words of the Apostle Peter, he whose body was marked with those wounds."

Do an online search of Father Pio - many accurate information rich sites out there.

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