Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers


Arthur C. Clarke, the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey looks at supernatural and paranormal events around the world. This thirteen part series covers topics such as ESP, reincarnation, premonition, and pain control and follows on from the 1980 show Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World. The series is introduced by Clarke in short sequences filmed at his home in Sri Lanka, however, individual episodes are narrated by Anna Ford.

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Episode Description


Warnings from the Future

In this episode, Arthur C. Clarke looks into people claiming they are clairvoyant.


Things That Go Bump in the Night

Arthur C. Clarke investigates poltergeists cases all over the world.


From Mind to Mind

In this episode, Arthur C. Clarke investigates the truth behind telepathy.


Stigmata: The Wounds of Christ

Arthur C. Clarke invesitigates the history of stigmata, which are wounds that appear on people as the wounds did on Christ when he was crucified.


Ghosts, Apparitions and Haunted Houses

Are ghosts real? In this episode, Arthur C. Clarke reports on his experiences with ghosts and apparitions.


Have We Lived Before?

In this episode, Arthur C. Clarke concentrates on strange phenomena captured on film, including a man who claims he can mentally create images on unexposed film.


Fairies, Phantoms and Fantastic Photographs

Arthur C. Clarke explores the possibility of life after death.


An Element of the Divine

In this episode, Arthur C. Clarke reports on dowsers...people who claim they can use pointing rods to find water or other objects buried deep below the ground.


Walking on Fire

Firewalking is common in many eastern countries, but how do they do it? Arthur C. Clarke visits Greece, Spain, and Sri Lanka to find out.


Message from the Dead

Arthur C. Clarke investigates the claim by people that they can actually speak with the dead.


The Roots of Evil

Curses, hexes, and voodoo are investigated by Arthur C. Clarke.


Metal Bending, Magic and Mind Over Matter

Arthur C. Clarke explores the possiblity of tele-kinetic powers...the ability to physically move objects with the mind.


Strange Powers: The Verdict

In this final program of the series, appropriately the 13th episode, Arthur C. Clarke summarizes his thoughts about his investigation of supernatural and paranormal powers.