Mindreader wows women
The Princeton Packet, Princeton, NJ
By Charles Stile
The Women's League of Metuchen may never be the same, now that Marc Sky has played with their minds.
As the 45th annual league banquet got under way last week, members played their own guessing game, matching teammates with their baby pictures to win a door prize. But the real guessing game was yet to come.
Standing in front of the diners, two silver dollars, adhesive tape and a sleeping mask covering his eyes, the mindreader from Woodbridge, NJ began his program. "I'm connecting with a Noel." The only information Mr. Sky had about Noel was her name and favorite fantasy, which she had written on an index card that now lay crumpled up in her palm.
"I'm picking up something about school. I think you're worried about something about behavior in school? Do you have a child?" "That's right," she replied, eyes wide and head nodding quickly. "And you're worried that it has something to do possibly with a personality defect. Well, I think it is a phase that should be corrected in the next four or five months at the most," the business suit-clad mindreader said with certainty.
None of the 75 startled women, celebrating their 45th year as a league at the Pines Manor banquet hall in Edison, seemed willing to doubt his word by that point. He had won them over by guessing the cards held face down by league members and by describing events which took place while he was out of the room.
"He doesn't miss a thing," said one woman who participated in several exercises. "I hope he sees a million in my future!" The real clincher was the table seance performance, where groups of women from the audience, sitting around small, three-legged tables, were able to make the tables rock and twist by sheer concentration, according to Mr. Sky. "It's like the Ouija board," he said. "It's their subconscious that makes them move." Eyes closed and hands stiffly placed on the tables, the women concentrated on making them move. At first, nothing happened. The audience remained skeptical.
"It's... it's moving," one startled woman shrieked. The audience moved closer to the front. Bartenders by the service bar stopped stirring drinks. Minutes later, another table started to wobble. Mr. Sky pulled the chairs away from the women so they could stand up. Mr. Sky, tired from the intense concentration required for such a performance, eyelids sore from tape and silver dollars, remained unfazed by the stirred audience. For him, it was just another night of work.
"I'm on target about 90 percent of the time," he said of his mindreading feats. "If I don't connect the first time, then I'll try someone else in the audience." Ever since he was 5 years old, Mr. Sky said, he has been fascinated by the power of the mind and its different creative possibilities. "I used to memorize my mother's shopping list," he said. "She thought it was pretty weird."
When playing the spin the bottle, he could concentrate and make the bottle stop where he wanted it to, he said. "That was very helpful. It was a lot of fun until they caught on and they wouldn't let me play anymore." Although he gravitated to psychology at Rutgers University, Mr. Sky was always conditioning his mind for a career in mindreading telepathy, clairvoyance, hypnosis, and mind-over-matter exercises. "Everybody is born with this," he said. "You just have to develop it over time like a weight lifter builds his muscles."
'Phenomenal,' 'extraordinary' describes psychic Marc Sky
THE SOMERSET SPECTATOR, Somerset, NJ
By Kelly Moynihan
Since I am one of those people who believe in extraordinary and phenomenal events, I was eager to meet Marc Sky. The famed psychic was at UFO Hair Company Saturday giving psychic readings. Sky came to the store with the idea of tying together the name of the beauty salon with his great feat of using his powers to bring a UFO down outside of Atlantic City. Paul Goldberg, the owner of UFO, was thrilled with the idea. The event proved rewarding as people poured in throughout the day to hear the words of the 'omniscient.'
At the end of the long day, I met with the mindreader, though a little fearful, realizing he could read my mind. He immediately impressed me with a large portfolio consisting of numerous newspaper articles from around the world. He proceeded to prove his powers through a simple mindreading test.
I was asked to think of an important word, date, thing or person. He promptly announced that I was thinking of a person and with additional concentration was able to determine that person to be female with brown, very wavy shoulder length hair, with the name Kim. To my astonishment, he was correct!
"How can you do that? I asked. "Anyone can do it," says Sky. "It just takes a little practice." He was again able to baffle me by demonstrating just that. He chose a number between 1,000 and 10,000 and through concentration, I was able to 'read his mind,' one digit at a time, until I had written 6783 on my paper. He then revealed the number he had chosen-6783. I was convinced.
Sky was never quite aware of his talents as a child, thinking that everyone was 'different' like him. At ten years of age, however, he became more aware of his abilities. When playing pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, he could visualize exactly where the tail should be placed, even as he was blindfolded, and, therefore, hit the spot exactly. Later, when playing spin-the-bottle, he was able to direct the bottle where he wanted it to point.
Soon, through tedious practice, Sky learned to control and use his gift beneficially. If he's not consulting or lecturing on the subject of psychic phenomena, then he's entertaining at nightclubs, colleges, private parties and other social functions.
The Rutgers University psychology graduate has impressed many audiences by bending metal objects, predicting newspaper headlines, guessing Social Security numbers, removing Lincoln's face from a $5 bill, predicting a lottery number and causing a 3.5 tremor on the Richter scale in parts of New Jersey and New York in January of 1979.
These are just a few of the mindreaders accomplishments. However, Sky does not hesitate to say that he is not always correct in his predictions. He was not successful in preventing the crash of Skylab to earth, nor was he able to accurately foretell the outcome of last week's million dollar Lotto drawing (only four digits were correct). "It's harder to pick up numbers," he explained, "than images." This explains why his predictions for trends are much more accurate. Sky added, "I see a nine percent unemployment rate by August of next year."
Whether or not you believe in these eccentric stunts and abilities of this man or that everyone is capable of them is up to you but let me add this: That night I experimented with my sister. I thought of a number between 1000 and 10,000 (4371) and wrote it down secretly. Slowly, one digit at a time, I pictured the figures in my head so that she could 'read my mind' just as Sky had done with me earlier. To our bewilderment, my sister revealed her completed number as 4372! Will wonders never cease!
Sky's the limit
HOME NEWS TRIBUNE, East Brunswick, NJ
Phil Hartman, Staff writer
The name on the station wagon's license plate reads ESP GUY. Through the back window, an alien figure's blank eyes stare at passers-by.
Psychic, hypnotist, mind reader and clairvoyant Marc Sky takes his extrasensory abilities seriously, but he's in show business, too. The advertisements are everywhere.
The living room of his Woodbridge condominium is a showroom of supernatural objects and artwork. On his tie, a pattern of stars flashes a reminder of his astrological bent.
Go to his Web site http://member.aol.com/mindread. There you'll find a biography and explanation of his powers - how he came to notice them as a child and how he's developed them over the years - plus a list of services he can perform: hypnosis, reliving past lives, astral projection, communicating with the dead, palm readings, psychic workshops and hypnosis house parties, to name a few.
"It's the power of the mind," Sky says simply, explaining how humans can harness a mental power that reaches beyond their physical bodies. "People say we use 10 percent of our brains. I'm just tapping into that."
He offers the example of a mother who knows the very instant her daughter, thousands of miles away, has been in a car accident.
"Naturally, you can't explain it," he concedes. "There's a lot of skepticism."
But Sky firmly believes in his abilities-and those of others. In fact, he says, almost everyone has psychic abilities and can magnify them, just like a body builder increases muscle mass.
Sky stumbled upon his ability to 'see' things during childhood games of hide-and-seek. He was able to find his friends every time, no matter where they were hiding. It got to the point where they refused to play the game with him.
"As a kid, I guess it gets to you," he says. "I didn't think it was a big deal. I assumed everyone could do it."
But his curiosity was piqued. Sky started to investigate the realm of psychic power, and by high school and college, he was speaking about it to groups. At Rutgers University, he went a step further, taking up psychology to study the scientific aspects of how the human mind works.
Armed with a psychology degree and his belief he started building a business: adult-school classes, pubic performances, personal readings, psychic counseling and healings, house parties.
Sky says he tries not to take all of it too seriously, and the group sessions he runs are meant to be fun.
For instance, how would you like to make love to a ghost tonight, perhaps a wife or husband who has passed on? Sky says he can show you how. "Even new people you have n ever met can be called down," reads his pamphlet advertising hypnosis house parties ($45 per person, minimum of eight people). "So if you can't get a date or are already in a relationship and looking to spice things up, discover how to have some erotic fun with your very own ghost."
Sky says erotic visitations by ghosts have been described throughout history. His parties teach people how to put themselves in a state of hypnosis to achieve those out-of-body love connections.
Or, perhaps you're a woman who would like a bigger bust. Sky also leads hypnosis breast-enlargement sessions. Scientific experiments in the 1970's in Texas showed women can enlarge the size of their breasts through hypnotic suggestion, Sky says.
This is how it works: Through hypnosis, a woman can regress in her mind to the time she was in puberty. By repeatedly imagining the feeling of puberty, over a period of six to eight weeks, a woman's breasts will grow, normally 1 to 2 inches.
Sky teaches how to reach that state of hypnosis, so women can do it at home.
Sky also teaches psychokinesis, or moving inanimate objects with the mind. He demonstrates at his home. He crouches over a small metal pinwheel balanced atop a sewing needle held perpendicular to the tabletop by a plastic sleeve. He cups his hands around the pinwheel - never touching it - and concentrates. After a moment, the pinwheel starts to move, spinning faster.
He asks his guest to try it, telling him to imagine spinning the pinwheel with his mind. The pinwheel moves. When his guest tries to reverse the direction of the spin, the pinwheel obeys, slows down, then reverses direction.
Sky repeats the exercise with an old, round-shaft door key. Placing it on his flattened palm, he focuses on making it turn over. For a minute, nothing happens. Then, slowly, the key starts to inch forward. Finally, it rolls. His hand never moves.
Not all of Sky's work is for amusement value alone. He counsels clients, which is something "I treat very seriously."
He's also been asked to use his psychic power to help find missing people, but that bothers him. "It's not really a strength" because it's hard to live with locating someone who's met a tragic end, he says.
Sky says his greatest satisfaction is showing people how to harness their psychic abilities and performing for groups. "Some people can work with it to a highly developed sense," Sky says. Most of all, building psychic power takes discipline, he says.
Sky's classes and performances have become well-known in Central Jersey. If you were in Westfield on New Year's Eve, you might have caught one of his First Night performances at the municipal building.
"The stuff I do really elicits some emotional responses," Sky says. "They say most people don't like their jobs, but this is fun. It's like a hobby."
By the way, when this story was done and the headline written, we called Sky and put him to the test: We asked him to tell us what the headline was.
After 30 seconds or so, he responded, "Sky's the Limit."
Notes of a personal reading
FRANKLIN NEWS RECORD, Franklin, NJ
by Camille Rehberger
I greeted Marc Sky with the necessary tools of a journalist an open mind and a lot of skepticism. Maybe I'm just gullible, but I said goodbye convinced that this man was no fraud.
When I asked Mr. Sky about how one would go about developing psychic abilities, which he assured me that anyone can do, he demonstrated. He told me to think of a fact. A fact, he explained could be a date, a name, a place, or anything I wanted to think about. I did this, using my friend's birthday, Jan. 15, 1954, as the fact. I was instructed by the mindreader to concentrate.
He asked me for a piece of jewelry. "OK, here's a ring. Don't bend it." Mr. Sky took the ring and placed it on the table. He put my left hand on top of the ring, then placed his hand over mine. "You're thinking of a date, aren't you?" My eyes stuck out about six inches from my head. Had to be a coincidence, I thought.
"Now think of the date really hard in your mind. Try to use your mind as a blank TV screen. Picture what the weather is like the outside during that time of the year. Now we'll take it one bit at a time. First the month, then the day, then the year. Ok, now the month, paint a picture in your mind." He touched my hand. "Cold." He wrote down January on a piece of paper. Has to be a coincidence. Three months out of the year are cold. It had to be a good guess. "Now the date. It's the middle of the month isn't it?"
Yes, and that was another good guess. "Is it the 14th or the 15th?" "The 15th," I said sheepishly. Aahh, how many days are in the middle of the month. He's just a good guesser. The psychic put his hand on top of mine. Immediately he asked, "Who's birthday is January 15, 1954?" My mouth popped open like a jack-in-the-box and my rubber tongue babbled something like "unbelievable."
Next, he then took out two safety pins and placed the two pins under my left hand, then placed his fingers over my hand. After five minutes or so of watching his upper body twitch and shake I felt a pressure underneath my hand. It became so strong I had to lift my hand off the table. Both safety pins opened, but they didn't go through my hand like I feared they would. Pshew!
Mr. Sky asked me to think of a question concerning my future. I thought: What kind of job will I have in July? He handed me the rest of the deck of cards and instructed me to cut them three times, then lay them in three separate piles.
He laid about eight cards on the table, placed the remaining cards in a pile, with my question being somewhere in between. He had me take my ring, tap a card, close my eyes, then count backwards from five. I did this four times. Mr. Sky said, "Your question is about your profession, rather than your personal life." I nodded. "What is going to happen in July? Why are you concerned about July?"
I just picked that out of a hat, but how could he have picked that up so quickly I wondered. I must say I was bewildered. Other people were waiting to see him, and I was convinced enough. I got up, shook his hand and said goodbye. Mr. Sky smiled, said goodbye, and added, "Oh, and you will have a nice day."
Funny thing, I had a terrific day.
Is hypnotism the secret to finding love?
MESSENGER GAZETTE, Somerset, NJ
By Melissa Tennen
The hypnotic stare across a crowded room may be all the pull you need to snare a valentine. Through hypnotism, a person can learn how to become more self-confident and subsequently more attractive, Marc Sky says.
Mr. Sky is a trained hypnotherapist who teaches people to attract love into their lives."It's a new approach as opposed to going to a singles bar," he said, explaining how the hypnotism works. "People can attract people where they work." His course, 'Attracting Mr. Right Through Hypnosis,' is offered through Adult Education of Bound Brook. "It's more of a self-confidence booster," he said of the one-session course taught at Hillsborough High School and Ridge High School in Bernards.
The program works on the participants' self-confidence, allowing them to relax, he said. Mr. Sky guides them through the almost two-hour class by having his students relax by closing their eyes. He guides the students through the process by encouraging them to daydream about being in love.
The hypnotism is not a spell. It does not cause a person to lose control of themselves or to be swayed by a swinging watch, he said. Instead, hypnotism physically and mentally relaxes a person and works on the subconscious mind to work out bad habits and harmful self-perceptions, he said. The subconscious mind exists in theory and could be responsible for destructive behavior, he said. "It makes you more aware of your other senses. They are reprogramming themselves," he said.
The course attracts mostly women, said Mr. Sky of Woodbridge, NJ. He wasn't sure why women are more interested than men. Mr. Sky has a bachelor's degree in psychology and certification in hypnotherapy. He operates Mindreaders in Woodbridge, where he mostly counsels people through hypnotism for weight loss, stress and smoking."If you believe it will work, it will work. That's it in a nutshell," he said.
Psychic at Rutgers University stages a 'mindbender'
THE NEWS TRIBUNE, Woodbridge, NJ
By Donna Kenyon
A Rutgers University student uses his mind but not just for his academic studies. Marc Sky last night demonstrated his skill in the area of psychokinesis during an hour long show on ESP and the Occult broadcast over WRSU, the Rutgers University radio station.
The psychology major, who said he has been practicing his art of 'mind over matter' for the past four years, attempted to send his brain energies over the airwaves during the broadcast. He focused on trying to fix broken appliances, sliding objects off shelves, and moving metal objects. More than 30 WRSU listeners telephoned in during the show and their reports of Sky's effects ranged from hysteria to amazement.
One caller said he was drinking a cup of coffee while listening to the show and it slid off the table while another distraught caller said his bunk bed had just colIapsed. Other listeners included a student whose stereo turntable began moving backwards and another who said his electric typewriter had turned itself on and began typing.
Sky, who claims his powers are not supernatural, also demonstrated some of his powers for the WRSU crew in the studio. His mental energies bent a nickel in half and his telepathic powers recalled names and numbers from participants' memories. The psychic claims "about 80 percent accuracy" and said he accomplished his feats by "trying to visualize a blank television screen in my mind and then seeing what picture forms on it."
He added that the art of psychokinesis is very common although people do not realize they are practicing it. He cited examples of bowlers who, through body language, attempt to make the bowling ball follow a certain path after they have already released it from their grip. He added that "where ESP is involved distance has no bearing."
Students from the Livingston College campus called in to report the lights in their dormitories were flickering and a Mettler dorm resident said his dog had attacked his radio while the show was broadcasting. Bill Baronowsky, a WRSU technician who answered the telephones, said that most callers "were almost speechless over what had happened." Many skeptics were transformed into 'believers' during the show, especially those who had something in their rooms move or appear seemingly out of nowhere.
The moving man
THE JERUSALEM POST, Israel
By Catherine Rosenheimer
Bending the poor weak Israeli pound, or doing vanishing tricks with its big brother, the 10-pound note, is, you might say, no great feat these days. After all, at every visit to the supermarket, hundreds of pounds disappear at high speed while our finance ministers have all perfected the art of shrinking the pound very nicely, even without the benefit of extrasensory perception.
It was, admittedly, with considerable scepticism that I accepted the Tel Aviv Sheraton Hotel's invitation this week to attend a demonstration by a young American mindreader. Ever since he apparently succeeded in wiping the face of Montefiore clean off my own 10-pound note, I have been having second thoughts.
Marc Sky, who performs at the Sheraton's night club on Sundays and Thursdays, is a clean-cut, American psychology major, currently on holiday in Israel. He started experimenting with his psychic abilities as a youngster. "There is nothing supernatural about ESP," he says. "It is a question of extending the human mind, and all the functions are biological, natural processes.
"Everyone is born with these abilities most people just don't explore them. It is a matter of practice, and it can be very frustrating at first. Just as a concert pianist has to practice for hours every day, you have to develop these powers there is almost no limit to what you can put your mind to do."
Marc differentiates between psychokinesis, which is mind over matter, and ESP, which is a transference of thought. He says that while experimenting with psychokinesis last January, he sat at the window of his study, concentrating hard on the ground outside. "After 11 minutes I felt a tremor. and had a splitting headache. Fifteen minutes later, when I turned on the radio news there was a report of an earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, which had emanated from the area in which I was sitting.
He also says that his mental powers have moved a parked car from the street onto the sidewalk, and he plans, between July 10 and 20, to concentrate on achieving his major spectacular moving the Skylab spacecraft into a different orbit to prevent it from hitting land when it comes down.
The process he uses is, he says, a combination of imagination and concentration. "I have to sit down by myself, very quietly, and form an image in my mind of Skylab and the orbit into which I want it to move. It is no longer possible to prevent it from coming down, but I hope that by making it drop into the sea, the 150-to-1 odds of its hitting someone can be eliminated."
Meanwhile, for the benefit of the press, Marc concentrates on demonstrating more modest feats. The first is an attempt to bend a coin and he finally does manage to distort a one-pound coin, holding it lightly in his fingers with no apparent exertion of strength. Finally, he attempts a show of 'teleportation' making an object visibly fade out of existence in one place, and materialize in another "by taking apart its molecules."
Teleportation is, he says, the hardest feat of all, and consists of putting objects into a fourth dimensional state of time, fading from the three normal dimensions into the fourth, over which we normally have no control.
He asks those present to give him banknotes and crumple them into small balls. He places them on the desk in front of him. When, after holding a trembling clenched fist above them, nothing happens, he asks for a volunteer to hold a note on an outstretched palm.
When my turn comes, he asks me to clench my fist, with my own 10 pound note firmly inside. He concentrates hard, holding his own hands above and below mine: I feel none of the tingling heat he was hoping for. But, somehow, when I open the bill afterwards, I discover face of Moses Montefiore, part of every 10 pound note, had become blank!
Psychic juror fears tipping the scales of justice
ASBURY PARK PRESS, Neptune, NJ
By Paul D'Ambrosio
Justice may be blind, but if she were psychic she could move the court case load a lot faster.
But until the day comes when Jurors can instantly divine the truth through telepathy, Marc Sky, a self-proclaimed mindreader/psychic, doesn't want to sit in judgment of others. Sky was called to jury duty this week in Superior Court, here. Despite his request to be excused, a Superior Court judge and the county Jury commission ordered him to serve. He claims his uncanny ability to read the minds of defendants and witnesses would prejudice the legal fact-finding process and influence other jurors.
"I would kind of send the judicial system crashing down," said the softspoken Sky, of Woodbridge Township. Marc Sky performs mindreading shows at corporate functions, and lists his occupation as 'psychic' on the juror sheet that lawyers receive before trial. He tried to have himself excused from jury duty when he received his service notice two months ago by telling the jury commission that his abilities would skew the legal process.
"Interesting," Lorraine Wilkerson the jury coordinator, said with a smile, "but it's not an excuse." And, as a psychic may have predicted, Superior Court Judge Laurence Stamelman on Monday refused to excuse Sky from serving, the lawyers selecting a jury have to decide if they wanted a reader empaneled.
"He said, 'Why not give it a try. It may be something unique,'" Sky said of the judge's reaction. So far during Sky's week service on the jury pool, he has called three times and rejected three times. And a good thing too, Marc said. In the two criminal trials could have been selected for, he knew what the verdict would be the minute he set foot in the courtroom.
He, of course, won't say what the jury will decide. Didn't want to upset the judicial process, he explained. In the courtroom he told one judge that he didn't think he could serve because he was 'psychic' and "as far as I was concerned, I knew what the verdict was."
"You hear this intake of air, people gasping," Sky recounted. "The judge raised his eyebrows." The judge looked at him and said, "excused," Sky said. In another case, he told the court his occupation, which received an immediate objection from one of the lawyers. "The lawyer said, 'Wait a second! Wait a second! We can't have this guy. He'll read our minds,'" Sky said.
"The true guilty don't want me," he said. "Even if they are skeptical and don't believe it, I don't think they want to take that chance. If I was being tried and I was innocent, I would want a mindreader. If I was guilty, I wouldn't." Entertaining the thought of using psychics instead of juries, Sky said, "Maybe it would save the taxpayers some money. You can go down the line and say, guilty, not guilty..."
Earthquake jolts New Jersey, psychic says it's all his 'fault'
Excerpts from THE STAR LEDGER, DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK TIMES, NEWS TRIBUNE, COURIER NEWS, AND HOME NEWS
Residents of Central Jersey were shaken yesterday by the strongest earthquake to rumble through the state in almost 100 years. There was no damage or injuries reported.
The quake, whose epicenter has been tentatively placed as just south of Perth Amboy near Cheesequake State Park, registered 3.8 on the Richter scale, according to Dr. Yash Agerwald of the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory in Palisades, NY. He said a 4.0 reading is strong enough to cause damages.
The earthquake reported at 11:30 a.m. occurred in the area roughly between Freehold, Perth Amboy, Matawan and New Brunswick, although residents claimed they felt the tremor as far away as Princeton and Westchester County, N.Y. "This would be considered a minor to moderate earthquake with little or no damage expected," Agerwald said. "Some badly constructed chimneys may be toppled and walls cracked, but that's all."
Agerwald said the last known earthquakes of similar magnitude in the area were in 1737 and 1884, with a very mild one rumbling through the Asbury Park area in 1927.
Psychic student says it was all his 'fault'
A Rutgers University student, who plans a career as a psychic, apologized 'for causing' Tuesday's earthquake in Central New Jersey.
"I certainly wouldn't create an earthquake at every show." said psychology student Marc Sky reassuringly. The 21-year-old psychic said he sat down at his desk about 11:20 a.m. and stared out of the window at the ground. "I was trying to cause the earth to tremor, but it was just for experimental purposes I didn't want to harm anyone." he said. "I must have touched onto something down there below the earth's surface," he said in a sheepish tone. "I wanted to apologize for any inconvenience."
Sky claims he almost collapsed from mental exhaustion about 10 minutes later when he began to hear a rumbling sound. "I'm certainly lucky no one was hurt," he said. Citing a success rate of 75 to 80 percent with his mental experiments, Sky believes everyone has the ability to exercise mind over matter.
We only use about 10 percent of our brains and I've been able to tune into the other unused 90 percent," he said. Sky said making the earth move wasn't too difficult because previously he has bent spoons, keys and coins. "I wasn't trying to cause the earthquake on such a large scale," Sky said, claiming that he didn't realize his own strength.
Ted Karmilovich, Sky's fellow student and partner in parapsychology, vouched for him. "He mentioned something Sunday night about making the ground move using psychokinesis," Karmilovich said.
When asked if he was worried about any lawsuits stemming from the minor damage in Old Bridge, the quake's epicenter, Sky said, "If they want to sue me, well, I just wanted to apologize for all the fuss I caused. It was the first time I tried to cause an earthquake. It really shook me up. I won't try that again."
Sky said his next project was to bring down a UFO.
Psychic says he willed UFO to land near Atlantic City
THE DAILY JOURNAL, Elizabeth, NJ
By Frank Scandale
If someone told you he forced a UFO to crash land with psychic power, you'd be apt to react skeptically. If he said he also caused an earthquake several years ago, you just might wonder if he was in possession of all his mental faculties.
Marc Sky, a mindreader from Woodbridge, claims he has caused both events. He says he has the psychic ability to bend objects, predict news events, create forcefields and, on a good day, force a space ship to plummet into the Atlantic Ocean.
Sky concedes that his claims are routinely met with skepticism and insists on discussing his talents in person, armed with newspaper clippings detailing past performances and demonstrations. A slender man with penetrating dark eyes, he says he first became aware of his psychic ability when he played 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey' as a ten-year-old kid.
He says his experiments haven't always been successful, though. Like the summer of 1979 when he tried to prevent Skylab's expected crash to earth. He asserts, however, that he lured down, with a steady of telepathic energy, a bluish, UFO from the night sky. According to local newspaper accounts, an unidentified object reportedly crashed off the coast of Atlantic City at approximately 7 p.m. Jan. 12. The reports said the Air Force was unaware of the incident and the Federal Aviation Administration cited no record of a plane crashing.
Some claims indicated the object was a meteor, but Sky says, "meteors wouldn't burn on the surface of the water for several minutes before going under." He says he was on a secluded part of the beach facing the ocean when it crashed.
"Originally, I wanted to do it in the spring when the weather got warmer and I could get reporters and photographers down to see it with me," he said. "This was a dry run." Sky says that night he lost $50 gambling at the casinos and was upset. "I had a lot of energy at the time and I just started concentrating for like ten minutes on something in the sky. It was like I was a cocoon of energy.
Then I saw a shimmering object come from over my head. I experienced a pulling sensation and was thrown back through the air about 10 feet. I almost blacked out but I saw this bluish-green object burning on the water, yellow flames shooting up. I thought the whole thing lasted about a minute, but I couldn't really grasp the time."
Reports from witnesses claim the object burned 10 minutes before sinking. The object was reportedly seen from sites along the length of the state and as far away as eastern Pennsylvania. One Atlantic City police officer said he sighted the projectile. "I had to lie there about a half hour," says Sky. "I was exhausted." He says he then sent out a second telepathic scan and sensed a metallic object on or under the water. He theorized a U. S. submarine was dispatched to the scene.
Sky stresses that there is nothing supernatural or strange about psychic power. Rather it's derived from tapping innate mental resources from areas of the brain that remain unused by most human beings. "There's usually two attitudes about me: either total belief or total skepticism. But I figure it's okay as long as people keep an open mind, a questioning attitude. There's so much we don't know," he explains.
Apparently his teachers in grade school believed him. "The teachers started telling my parents about my ability at PTA meetings. Things like how I would call out the answers to questions that the teacher hadn't asked yet." In time his parents have come to believe that their son has psychic power and he says they're even proud of him. But sometimes they frown.
"That thing with the earthquake got them pretty mad," he says.
Mindreader aims to destroy atomic satellite debris
ASBURY PARK PRESS, Neptune, NJ
Associated Press and William Conroy, Press Staff Writer
Armed with a globe and a crystal ball, a central New Jersey resident plans to channel the electrical power in New York City from atop the World Trade Center today through his mind to disintegrate or neutralize the radioactive debris of a Soviet satellite.
Marc Sky, a self-proclaimed psychic from Woodbridge Township, was asking others to concentrate along with him. "I'm going to attempt to use the people of New York, plus the electrical power grid, almost like a magnifying glass, or laser beam," said Sky, "where you just condense this energy so much, and just Bam! Shoot it out. I will do it," Sky said, "without any wires or equipment. Wishing will make it so."
The Pentagon estimated that remnants of the satellite would fall to earth this morning. The main bulk of Cosmos 1402 crashed into the earth's atmosphere January 23 and fell harmlessly into the Indian Ocean.
The radioactive remnant of a Soviet nuclear-powered spy satellite fell toward its doom today in the heavy atmosphere surrounding the Earth. Early today, Pentagon officials tracking the satellite said it was entering its final few orbits and was 79 miles above the Earth's surface. Pentagon officials predicted re-entry into the atmosphere during a two hour and six minute 'window' between 5:06 a.m. EST and 7:12 a.m. EST. But they said they could not predict where it might fall.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command tracked the final section of Cosmos 1402 as it gathered speed in the ever-increasing grip of gravity. Department of Energy officials predicted the satellite's remains could spread radioactivity over an area 600 miles long and 30 to 40 miles wide. But they stressed it was unlikely anyone on Earth would be hit by debris.
Sky predicts otherwise. "As I foresee it, there's a 90 percent chance of it coming down in the Midwest or North American continent," he said. "That's what got me moving on this." Though he said he sometimes can foretell the future, Sky was not sure last night what will happen today when he attempts to harness all that energy.
He realizes, he said, that he may be putting himself in danger as the focal point. Another thing concerns him. "There might be the possibility of scattered blackouts in the five boroughs, if there's too much of a drain on the power grid." Sky said he had not contacted Con Edison. "First of all, they'd probably think this was a little out of the ordinary. And I can't say I would blame them."