A Recreation of a Séance during a lecture by Massimo Polidoro.

Massimo Polidoro has lectured extensively in both Europe and the United States. Since 1989 he has spoken in front of the most diverse audiences: Science Centers, Museums, Science Festivals, Universities, Research Labs, Magic Conventions, Skeptical Groups, Book Clubs… His lectures are filled with curiosity and entertainment and the audience participates during many live experiments and magical demonstrations. Massimo combines his academic background, his magical talents and his Italian humour to present an event that will be remembered.


20 years of of research among ghosts, super-humans and other anomalies

This is one of the most requested lectures by Massimo Polidoro. During the past 20 years, Massimo has investigated dozens of cases of supposed paranormal events and historical enigmas. His work has helped shed new light on famous cases like Eusapia Palladino’s seances, Houdini and Conan Doyle’s battles, the creation of Spirit Moulds, Alla Vinogradova’s PK demonstrations, Uri Geller’s performances… He has conducted many on site investigations (haunted castles, firewalk activities, poltergeist episodes, crop circles…) and has tested dozens self-proclaimed psychics. Clairvoyants, mediums, human magnets, girls with X-ray eyes, table-tippers, prophets, healers and many other claimants have been tested by Massimo along the years.


Something strange is going to happen to this volunteer...

Although the results have so far never provided proof of real paranormal activities taking place, they nevertheless tell a fascinating story on the human will to believe and capacity to self deceive. The results of Massimo’s work have been published in various journals, including ”The Skeptical Inquirer” and the ”Journal of the Society for Psychical Research”, and in books like “Secrets of the Psychics” and “Final Seance”. In telling these fascinating stories during his lecture, Massimo makes ample use of video material, live demonstrations, magic tricks and experiments involving members of the audience.

In order to book a lecture by Massimo Polidoro you can contact his office here.



In the past, Massimo Polidoro ha spoken (often more than once) for, among others:

Accademia di Agricoltura Scienze e Lettere (Verona), Bo-noir (Bologna), AttrattivaMente-Dipartimento di Scienze della Cognizione e della Formazione (Rovereto), Caffé scientifici di Science et Cité di Lugano (Switzerland), Centro Comune di Ricerca di Ispra (Varese), Center for Inquiry-Università di Buffalo (New York), Centro per la scienza finlandese Heureka (Helsinki), CSI-Con (New Orleans, LA), Festival della letteratura poliziesca (Brescia), Festival della scienza (Genova), Festival della scienza di Gothenburg (Svezia), Festival della scienza di Lugano (Svizzera), Festival della Versiliana (Forte dei Marmi), Festival dell’Inquietudine (Finale Ligure), Fondazione Ferrero (Alba), Giovedì Scienza (Torino), Immaginaria Festival (Sanremo), James Randi Educational Foundation (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Laboratorio di giornalismo sociale (Mestre-Venezia), Master in comunicazione della scienza (Trieste), Master in criminologia forense Università Carlo Cattaneo (Castellanza), Master di comunicazione scientifica Istituto di Fisica Generale Applicata (Milano), Masters of Magic (Saint Vincent), Museo della scienza e della tecnica (Milano), Mosaico scienze (Colline moreniche), Museo del cielo e della terra (Crevalcore), Museo di storia naturale (Milano), Nato Advanced Study Institute (Como), Parole a confine, Festival di letteratura e altro (Sarcedo), Pordenonelegge (Pordenone), Royal Institute of Technology di Stoccolma (Svezia), Royal Society of Edinburgh (UK), Salone del Libro (Torino), Scienza e società (Università di Trento), Scuola di giornalismo Università di Bologna, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (Trieste), University of Eugene (Oregon, USA), University of London (UK), University of Tallin (Estonia), University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), Vedere la scienza festival (Milano), Villaggio del libro (Frassineto Po), Weekend della fisica (Università di Padova).