Remembering Marcello Truzzi
Marcello Truzzi and I met at a Parapsychological
Association (PA) convention and hit it off immediately. He was surprised
to see that I was so skeptical, and I was surprised that he was so open-minded.
We shared a trip to China with several other PA members
such as Hal Puthoff, Thelma Moss, and Jerry Solfvin. This group represented
a wide range of beliefs and worldviews, yet all of us caught the so-called
"psychic children" using sleight of hand. It was on this trip that
I discovered that Marcello was an incredible gourmet, along with his other
Later, he wrote a landmark chapter on magicians and
psi for Advances in Parapsychological Research. I only wish
he would have written more because he had a fund of knowledge and understanding
that was unique in our field.
Presented at the 46th Annual
Convention of the Parapsychological Association. Vancouver, British
Columbia. August 2 - 4, 2003.
is the Alan Watts Professor of Psychology at Saybrook Graduate School,
San Francisco. He has published more than 1000 professional papers.