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Doug Henning and the Giggling Guru - 1995-05-01

F0.png Doug Henning and the Giggling Guru May 1, 1995, Martin Gardner, Notes of a Fringe-Watcher, Skeptical Inquirer

First, some words about TM. Based on ancient Veda teachings that Maharishi learned from a Himalayan holy man, it stresses a form of meditation linked to the recitation of a Sanskrit word called a mantra. The technique is said to relieve stress, slow aging, and promote what TMers call "pure bliss." Moreover, TM instructors promise to teach you, after you fork over thousands of dollars for advanced courses, a variety of awesome supernormal powers known as sidhis. They include the ability to become invisible, to see hidden things, to walk through walls, and to fly through the air like Peter Pan and Wendy. Doug's conjuring was fake magic. TM teaches real magic.

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{{cite news | first = Martin | last = Gardner | title = Doug Henning and the Giggling Guru | url = | work = Notes of a Fringe-Watcher | publisher = Skeptical Inquirer | date = May 1, 1995 | accessdate = February 7, 2019 }}