Polidoro, co-founder and Executive Director of CICAP
(The Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal),
is one of the foremost investigators on the paranormal and the
Thanks to a grant by Italian science journalist Piero Angela, Massimo was able to study for over a year in the United States with James "The Amazing" Randi, famous magician and the greatest investigator of psychic claims.
Back in Italy, Massimo graduated in Psychology from the University of Padua and specialized in Anomalistic Psychology and in the Psychology of Deception. Thanks to his background, it is now many years that Massimo investigates claims of psychic powers.
Since 1989 he is the Editor of "Scienza & Paranormale" (Science and the Paranormal), the magazine of CICAP, since 1996 he is the European Representative to the James Randi Educational Foundation and in 2004 he started Magia, a magazine devoted to the conjuring arts.
he was elected Fellow of the Committee
for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
(CSICOP) and member of the Board of the European
Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO).
his books: Final Séance (2001), Secrets
of the Psychics (2003) and, in Italian, Il
sesto senso (The Sixth Sense, 2000), Investigatori
dell’occulto (Psychic Investigators, 2001), Il
grande Houdini (The Great Houdini, 2001), Grandi
misteri della storia (Great Mysteries of the Past, 2002), Gli
enigmi della storia (Enigmas of the Past, 2003), Grandi
gialli della storia (Historical Crimes and Mysteries, 2004).
He frequently lectures around the world on subjects that range from the Psychology of anomalous experiences to the tricks of psychic deceivers, from the feats of Houdini to the mysteries of the past.
He is often called in as a teacher in University seminars that deal with the methods of science, and as a consultant for science fairs (as in MosaicoScienze), science parks (as in Experimenta03) and multimedia projects.
©2005 Massimo Polidoro