Ingo Swann 14 Sept 1933 – 1st February, 2013.

Ingo Swann - New York 2011

Ingo Swann – New York 2011

Ingo Swann was an artist, writer and accomplished intuitive. For many of us Ingo Swann has long been known as the father of remote viewing and was a great inspiration. Ingo developed the  remote viewing protocols and conducted the first ever Remote Viewing experiment in 1971.

The years 1972 to 1988 were spent creating (CRV) Controlled remote Viewing) the SRI  methodology which was delivered to the D.I.A and U.S. military as a Remote Viewing training methodology, and which is now at the core of all modern forms of Remote Viewing.

I had the honor of visiting Ingo at his new york home as well as an ongoing dialogue over the last few years over CRV and remote viewing in general. He was a big fan of eight martinis magazine and during this time Ingo was kind enough to share his C.V with me so its best that I hand over at this stage and allow Ingo to present his own bio in his own words from his C.V. (below).

All the best…
Daz Smith


Born in the Colorado Rockies, 14 September 1933, Swann earned in 1955 a B.A. degree in biology after which, in Korea, he served on the staff of the Commander of the Pacific Forces, Gen. I.D. White. In 1958, he accepted a position at the United Nations where he worked in varying capacities until 1969. In 1970, he entered full-time parapsychological and psychoenergetics research, becoming an acknowledged, innovative researcher in these frontier sciences. Swann is also an artist of some renown, his works having been collected by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, His extensive work figures prominently in most books dealing with contemporary psychic research matters and recently has been featured in three volumes of the best-selling Time-Life Books series, Mysteries of the Unknown

Science felt a small ripple when, in 1973, parapsychologist Dr. Gertrude Schmeidler reported the extraordinary success, the first of its kind, of a mind-over-matter experiment. Ingo Swann, using only his mind, repeatedly had been able to cause controlled temperature changes in a sealed, distant vacuum. It could now be seen that the human mind was capable of extending its powers beyond the confines of the brain, Time (4/23/731 wondered if Swann’s powers were more dangerous than the atomic bomb. The Smithsonian speculated on the source of Swann’s talents when it reported that, at Stanford University, he had “apparently altered the performance of a deeply buried, heavily shielded magnetometer for 30-second periods through use of PK, and by then ‘looking into ‘the device and describing its mechanisms.” Horizon (winter/74), Time (3/4/74) and Newsweek (3/4/74) surmised that Swann’s lab confirmed PK and clairvoyant powers required a rethinking concerning the importance of psychic giftedness.

After 1974, Swann’s participation in research became more vigorous. He became an intensively-studied guinea pig at the famous think-tank, Stanford Research Institute, and worked with dozens of other researchers in the u.s. and Europe, John wilhelm, in his 1976 book, The Search for Superman, indicated that “lngo Swann flies straight out of Star Maker ••• His results are remarkable.”
In Germany, Esotera (12/12/76) termed Swann the foremost super psychic of PSI research in American. The Reader’s Digest (9/77) reported that recent research confirmed that Swann, in remote-viewing experiments, could “go” to any spot in the globe and sketch correctly roads and buildings just as they are at that point.

McCalls (1/77) wondered if Swann’s abilities could be used for psychic spying, as did The San Francisco Examiner (2/10/77), The Washington Post (9/7/77) and columnist Jack Anderson writing about the ESP Gap between the u.s. and the U.S.S.R. New Times (3/3/78) speculated that Swann had become a psychic superweapon. In November 1978, Swann was the featured banquet speaker at the annual meeting of the u.s. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity. After 1978, although extensive publicity continued, Swann’s ongoing work became shrouded in a cloak of secrecy.

In 1987, Swann published Natural ESP: A Layman’s Guide to Unlocking the Extra-Sensory Powers of the Mind, a Bantam New Age Book. His prior books are: To Kiss Earth Good-bye (Hawthorn, 1974); Cosmic Art (Hawthorn, 1975); Star Fire (Dell, 1978).

He has published articles on psychic abilities, v1s1onary art, and consciousness research. In 1988, he completed a tour of lectures in Germany and Canada, with essays appearing in Italy, France and Germany.




Since 1970, Ingo Swann has worked with over 38 cutting-edge researchers in the fields of parapsychology and cognitive perception, with an additional 14 projects governed by nondisclosure agreements.

His early 1970-1972 work with parapsychology researchers based in New York produced results that attracted international attention and acclaim. By 1973, with thousands of experimental trials counted up, he was broadly noted as parapsychology’s most tested “guinea-pig.”

However, he is best known for his long-term association with Dr. H. E. Puthoff at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). This work (between 1972 and 1988 in the field of remote viewing) achieved high luminosity because of sponsorship by U.S. intelligence and military Through these years, hundreds of thousands of experimental trials contributed to increases of knowledge that had not been attained elsewhere.

After his retirement in 1989 from such big-time research, Swann continued intermittent work with advanced researchers in the fields of multidimensional mental imagery, perception, and refined brainwave studies.

Swann’s 32-years of work is unified by four principal factors.

  1. His original and continuing focus was not on parapsychology models alone, but included the larger fields of extraordinary awareness and perception faculties. He understands these faculties to be naturally existing and always available within the human and which, at the species biomind level, transcend cultural and societal boundaries.
  2. He has always been an advocate of a much-needed multidisciplinary approach to problems of human awareness thresholds and the delicate mental expertise that can be discovered about them.
  3. He has basically viewed the phenomena of clairvoyance, telepathy, psychokinesis and remote viewing from the overall and bigger humankind level, rather than from the smaller personal, individual, or soci-specializing levels.
  4. since faculties for expanded awareness and perception exist as a full part of the human biomind at the species level, he has always considered it necessary to research, discover, and remedy social and cultural factors that prevent their nurturing and development.

All of these factors were incorporated into the fifteen year research project at Stanford Research Institute, and helped produce development of various important but hitherto unknown aspects of remote viewing. The project also researched and leaned heavily on hundreds of published papers and information drawn from scientific sources outside the boundaries of parapsychology focus.

In a socio-cultural sense, Swann’s overall 30-odd years of work roughly covers two periods of mainstream intolerance-tolerance ratios. Always and only working with accredited scientists, his work between 1970-1985 took place within a long established milleu of extreme scientific and mainstream intolerance to human faculties of expanded and refined perception.

Since 1985, this intolerance has ameliorated considerably, largely due to advancing discoveries about the impressive extent of biological receptors of the human body-mind, many of which account for extraordinary human sensing faculties.

Continuing discovery confirming the remarkable nature of the human genome has also clearly established that the genetic basis for those faculties is present in most individuals, although remaining socially non-nurtured and undeveloped. As of 2000, however, extreme intolerance against scientific development of telepathy remains abundantly active.

In summing up his three decades of work and research, Swann holds that human sensing-perceptive systems are, in their total and probable scope, extraordinary and remarkable, and that they are composed not only of known factors, but also of potentials not yet identified and studied. But human sensing-perceptive systems are complex, especially when expanded and developed into higher-stage functioning.

In the face of these glorious systems, simplistic, insular, and dogmatic approaches are seldom Useful either with regard to understanding them or specially with regard to developing them.

Therefore, increasing amounts of inter-disciplinary information need to be drawn from any source possible and organized into the larger picture of all that is involved.

A partial archive of many factors involved can be found in his website-




1971: Began active participation in parapsychological laboratory work.

1971: Research with Clive Backster, New York (plant consciousness and psychokinetic effects of small samples of graphite).

1971: Research with Dr. Gertrude Schmeidler, City College of New York (psychokinetic effects upon continuously recorded temperature) .

1971-1972: Research with Dr. Karlis Osis, The American Society for psychical Research, New York (out-of-body consciousness and perceptions).

1972: Research with Dr. C. Silfen, The American Society for Psychical Research, New York (temporal and spatial perception of remote viewing potentials).

1972: Research with Dr. H. E. Puthoff, Stanford Research Institute (psychokinetic perturbation of a superconductor-shielded Josephson effect magnetometer).

1973: Research with Dr. H. Crane, Dr. H. E. Puthoff, and R. Targ, Stanford Research Institute (project Scanate (CIA-funded): systematic utilization of non-physical targets that “refer” to real-time situations [remote viewing by geographic co-ordinates]).

1973: Research with Dr. H. E. Puthoff, R. Targ and H. Sherman, Stanford Research Institute (experimental psychic probe of the planet Jupiter in attempting to identify distance measurement of consciousness).

1973: Research with Dr. W. Harman, Stanford Research Institute (experimental prophetic correlations, an experimental efforct at world-wide predictive trend analysis correlated with adept/inept dimension alternative future histories).

1974·1988: With Dr. H. E. Puthoff, Stanford Research Institute, continuous in depth reaearch funded by government clients (CIA, DIA, DOD, Army Intelligence). The operative nature and directions of this long-term research activity were classified in 1975 by the participating sponsors, and remain classified  of the year 2001.

1974: Research with A. Twitchell, Dr. J. Mitchell, Dr. J. Wingate, and Dr. G. Schmeidler, Society for Psychical Research (precognition, an attempt to ascertain consciousness variables in. predictive ability)

1974: Research with Dr. G. Schmeidler, Dr. S. Krippner, and Dr. ,J. Mitchell, New York (an experimental remote viewing probe of a distant planet Mercury).

1975: Research with Dr. R. Miller, Atlanta, Georgia (psychokinetic effects in a diffusion cloud chamber).

1975: Research with Dr M. Vogel, San Jose, California (psychokinetic effects on electrical reactions of a plant).

1975: Research with Dr. E. May and C. Honorton, Maimonide Medical Center, New York (a dynamic PK experiment with Ingo Swann).

1975: Research with Dr. J. Vallee, Dr. A. Hastings, and Dr. G. Askevold, Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, California (cross-country remote viewing experiments utilizing computer conferencing).

1976: Research with Dr. w. Roll and G. Solfin, Psychical Research Foundation, Durham, M.C. (long-distance remote hearing experiments).

1976: Research with Dr. S. Krippner, and J. Mitchell, and H, Sherman (cross-country remote viewing of the planet Mars).

1977: Research with Dr. C. Tart, University of California at Davies (direct clairvoyant viewing of internal state of an ESP learning machine).

1974-1979: A special interest in utilizing audio-visual methods for presenting psychical and consciousness phenomena, including artistic: expressioning. Produced five slide shows in association with ,J. Turchuk:

(l) Cosmic Art;.
(2) The remote viewing probes of H. Sherman and I. Swann of the planets Jupiter and Mercury.
(3) The beauties of Kirlian and laser light photography demonstrating mental interference patterns.
(4) Parapsychology in art.
(5) Death – a Concept Reborn; clinical death and recovery experiences.

1989: Retired from active government research and from public appearances.

1989: Research with Dr. Elmer Greem in the Voluntary Controls Program at The Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kansas; Physical Fields and States of Consciousness: Consciousness, Body Electricity, and Psycho-physical Learning, and Anomalous Electrostatic Phenomena in Exceptional Subjects.

1990 onward: Began occasional research with Dr. Gerald Epstein involving volitional control of mental image management, accessing subconscious imagery, decoding information on content of biomind imagery, and entering into trans dimensional imagery.

1998: Research with the Laurentian University Neuroscience Research Group, Dr. M.A.  Persinger, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, and Dr W. Roll. This research consisted of a full MRI of head and brain; complete neuro-psychological, cognitive, and personality assessments; near-infrared and Glial Matrix functions associated with remote viewing; electroencephalographic correlates; study of possible mechanisms for long distance mental imaging; neuro physiological process enhancement by experimentally generated complex magnetic fields. Novel equipment (the “Octopus”) detecting brainwave activity above high beta.

Year 2000: Second research sequence with Dr. M.A. Persingar and D.r W. Roll at Laurentian University ln Sudbury, Canada. The research included extensive EEG analysis of brainwave frequencies between 40-60 cycles per second during clairvoyant, telepathic, and remote viewing tests. Specific frequencies were found to be consistently active during repeated testing. Experiments with novel equipment designed to apply selected brainwave frequencies outside the skull showed that certain frequencies enhanced para-sensory perceptions by several magnitudes.



TO KISS EARTH GOOD-BYE (Hawthorn, 1975).

COSMIC ART (Ed.) (Hawthom, 1976).

STAR FIRE (Fiction) Dell, 1978).

NATURAL ESP (Bantam, l987; Tarher, 1991).

YOUR NOSTRADAMUS FACTOR (Simon & Schuster: 1993).

PURPLE FABLES: QUARTET (Hampton Roads, 1994).


HUMAN TELEPATHY (lngo Swann Books, 1998).


SEXUAL ENERGIES (lngo Swann Books, 1999).

(lngo Swann Books, 2000).

POWERS (lngo Swann Books, 2002).

CONSCIOUSNESS (lngo Swann Books, 2003).

(lngo Swann Books, 2003).






Star Children
“This CD was conceived and produced to be the soundtrack of the movie based on Ingo Swann’s best-seller, Star Fire.  It was originally described as “a space-rock-disco-opera” and is guaranteed to get your body in motion as it stimulates your mind and soul. Ingo writes: “Hear the beat from the heart / of the universe…help you thrive.”


Remote Viewing—The Real Story (unfinished)


The Real X-Files – America’s Psychic Spies.

Ingo Swann – Human Super Sensitivities and the Future – IRVA 2006 presentation

Ingo Swann – last public Appearance pt 1 of 7

Astral projection – ingo Swann – circa 1970s.


8 martinis Issue 3 –

1983 Grill Flame progress report for the DIA.
Authored by the SRI team. The part of this document I have selected to show includes
details of the progress of CRV circa 1983. It includes a summary of Ingo’s rv session, shows early use by Ingo of CRV structure and it also has a client evaluation sheet of the remote viewing data.
8 martinis Issue 3 –


The SRI-Ingo Swann SRI magnetometer experiments:

How I Became a Remote Viewer – Robert J. Durant
A detailed article of Bob Durant’s training With Ingo Swann.

Statement on Remote Viewing (Dec ‘95) – Ingo Swann

Ingo Swann was a speaker at the IRVA conferences of 2002,2004,2006,