The word teleportation was first used by Charles Fort in 1931 to refer to people or things that are moved from one point to another, across a great distance, in an instant. In such cases a person might be in his hometown one minute and thousands of miles away the next. This phenomenon is usually reported as a spontaneous event, whereby the person who has been transported claims to have had no influence over what happened. Sometimes, however, a victim of apparent teleportation blames it on extraterrestrials, saying that the event was part of an alien abduction experience. Teleportation has also been associated with poltergeist experiences, whereby a violent spirit seems to be moving objects around.

See Also:

  • alien abduction experiences;
  • Apport
  • Fort, Charles
  • Materialization
  • Poltergeists


The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena – written by Patricia D. Netzley © 2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning

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