ESP Card Test: The Experiment that Proves Telepathy

Many of us have witnessed or taken part in the simple game of trying to guess the next card in the deck. Magicians and psychics on television shows, amaze us with their ability to know what is hidden from them. Do they have unique abilities or have they just found the way to tap into a type of extra-sensory perception that is inherent in all of us?

This simple guessing game, has been forming the basis for designing scientific telepathy experiments known as ESP Card Tests (ESP standing for Extra Sensory Perception) that have provided strong indications that guessing the right card is not random but we actually posses the extra-sensory perception of telepathy.

The ESP Card Test became popular after the amazing results obtained through the experiments conducted in the 1930s by J. B. Rhine and Karl Zener from the Duke University Psychology Department. The scientists designed a deck of 25 cards to test for ESP. The deck consisted of five cards of each symbol: Star, Circle, Wave, Square, and Cross. The execution of the experiment was quite simple. From the shuffled deck a participant would select each card and mentally send the symbol to a distant person. The experiments conducted by Rhine and Zener followed a sound scientific approach and ensured a controlled environment was at place. Results from the 188 experiments conducted during a period of 60 years provided unquestionable evidence that telepathy is real.

Dean Radin, one of the most famous and influential researchers and parapsychologists of our times provides a summary of his analysis on Rhine’s experiment in his book, “Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality”

“The combined results are so far from chance that it would take 428,000 unreported studies averaging a chance effect to eliminate the results of the known 188 experiments. Given that it took 60 years to produce those 188 experiments, or about 2 studies per year, at that rate the missing studies would have taken 137,000 years to produce.” (1).


  1. Dean Radin, Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality.  Paraview Pocket Books, 2006.

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