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"spirit, soul" and μέτρον,
also known as token-object reading,
is a form of extra-sensory
perception characterized by the claimed ability to make relevant
associations from an object of unknown history by making physical
contact with that object.
Supporters assert that an object may have an energy field that
transfers knowledge regarding that object's history.
is commonly offered at psychic
fairs as a type of psychic
At New Age events
psychometry has claimed to help visitors "meet the dearly
departed" (a form of spiritualism).
Although the majority of police departments polled
do not use psychics and do not consider them credible or useful on
some authors write that psychometry and psychic
detectives were used by law enforcement agencies on specific
Rodes Buchanan coined the word "psychometry" (measuring
the soul) in
Buchanan came up with the idea that all things give off an
The Past is entombed in the
Present! The world is its own enduring monument; and that which
is true of its physical, is likewise true of its mental career. The
discoveries of Psychometry will enable us to explore the history of
man, as those of geology enable us to explore the history of the
earth. There are mental fossils for psychologists as well as mineral
fossils for the geologists; and I believe that hereafter the
psychologist and the geologist will go hand in hand — the one
portraying the earth, its animals and its vegetation, while the other
portrays the human beings who have roamed over its surface in the
shadows, and the darkness of primeval barbarism! Aye, the mental
telescope is now discovered which may pierce the depths of the past
and bring us in full view of the grand and tragic passages of ancient
Buchanan asserted that his particular
psychism would supersede empiric science. He wrote a comprehensive
treatise, Manual of Psychometry: the Dawn of a New Civilization
(1885), detailing how the direct knowledge of psychometry would be
applied to and affect the many various branches of science. It also
would elevate the various schools of philosophy and arts thereby
affecting wide social change and ultimately an enlightenment of
The thermometer measures
caloric (thermo temperature). The barometer measures the
weight (baro, weight) of the atmosphere; the electrometer
measures electric conditions; the psychometer measures the soul
(psyche). In the case of Psychometry, however, the measuring
assumes a new character, as the object measured and the measuring
instrument are the same psychic element, and its measuring power is
not limited to the psychic as it was developed in the first
experiments, but has appeared by successive investigation to manifest
a wider and wider area of power, until it became apparent that this
psychic capacity was really the measure of all things in the
continued to promote psychometry throughout his life and his
followers believed that it would revolutionize science in a
comprehensive way as "the dawn of a new civilization".
Others, such as Stephen
Pearl Andrews who promoted Psychometry along with his own new
science of Universology,
built upon Buchanan's ideas. As a lecturer Andrews asserted that such
inquiries, as paraphrased by an 1878 New
York Times article, "demonstrated that the sympathy
between the mind and body is an exact science".
In the later nineteenth century
demonstrations of psychometry became a popular part of stage acts and
with participants providing a personal object for "reading"
by a medium or
The Goth series by Katie
Maxwell features a psychometrist as the main character, Fran.
In the Maximum
Ride book series, the character Nudge has psychometric
In the Matt Turner series (The
Dig, 2011, The Opal, 2012) by Michael Siemsen, the protagonist is a
In the touch series, Deadly
Little Lies, a novel by Laurie Stolarz, Ben is a psychometrist.
In the novel The
Witching Hour, the first of Anne Rice's Mayfair
Witches trilogy, protagonist Michael Curry receives the
power of psychometry.
In the novel The
Dead Zone (1979) by Stephen King, Johnny
Smith uses his newfound psychometric powers to help the police
in solving many cases.
In the young-adult
Visions Trilogy (1994–1995), by L.
J. Smith, the character Laurie Frost has the ability of
In the Fingerprints
series of youth novels (2001–2002) by Melinda
Metz, the character Rachel "Rae" Voight can receive
the thoughts and emotions of others by touching the fingerprints
left on an object handled by them.
novel series Katanagatari
by Nisio Isin
boasts a psychometrist by the name of Kawauso
Maniwa, one of the 12 Maniwa
Ninja Corps Heads.
Wheel of Time by Robert
Jordan the characters Nynaeve
Trakand can all handle magical artifacts and can respectively
sense the object's emotional history/future, magical use, and design
for recreation and imitation.
Autobiography "My Life Across
The Table" (2013) 
recounts actual readings by professional psychic Karen
Page utilizing psychometry
In the "Mythos Academy"
series by Jennifer Estep, the main character, Gwen Frost, has
In the Darkover novel "Traitor's
Sun," by Marion Zimmer Bradley, it is discussed by Katherine
Aldaran and Marguerida Alton-Hastur as a possible laran
In the novel "Signs Point to Yes" (2014) by
Christopher Church, the main character, Mason Braithwaite, uses
psychometry to solve mysteries. ISBN
In the 1988 movie Vibes,
plays a psychometrist.
In the 1994 film, The
Lee plays a spirit of vengeance with psychometric powers.
In the 2009 action film Push,
psychics called Sniffs can relive a person's past and their
location by touching or sniffing objects.
Meteor Man, Jefferson Reed (Robert
Townsend) gains various superhuman powers from a meteorite,
including the ability to psychometrically and psychosomatically
memorize by touch the contents of a book.
In the 2013 South Korean movie, The
Gifted Hands, Kim
Bum plays a character who withholds the ability to see the past
by being in contact with objects which helps the police department
solve cases of child kidnapping.
In the 2003 HBO television series
Professor Lodz can read thoughts and dreams through contact with a
person or object.
Creating visions by touching
objects is also displayed in Charmed
On the superhero comedy-drama The
Greatest American Hero (1981–1983), the lead character
possesses psychometric powers when wearing his super-suit.
Bun Waverly, a witch from the TV
has the ability to see the future and know all the past and future
information of an object by touching it.
In the six-hour Stephen King
television mini-series Rose
Red, the character of Pam Asbury was a psychometrist or
"touch-know;" one of a group of six psychics brought in by
parapsychologist Dr. Joyce Reardon to awaken the sleeping haunted
Seattle manor known as Rose Red.
In the Canadian pilot Movie and
Television show My
Babysitter's a Vampire (TV series) the main character, Ethan
Morgan, is a Seer, and possess Psychometry. Through touch he has the
power, to see the past, present or future of an object/person, or
their uses, intentions or true form.
In the American science
fiction television drama
this ability from a woman named Bridget
Bailey. In the show it was called Clairsentience.
It was also mentioned in show
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, in "The Secret of the Coins."
In the BBC television series Doctor
Who: In the Episode "The Rings Of Akhaten" Psychometry
is used to assess sentimental objects (and their value) as currency
in the marketplace.
Comics and anime
the son of mad scientist Desty
Nova in Yukito
Angel Alita appears as a very unusual psychometrist in that
not only can he read the memories of objects but he can also absorb
the talents and skills necessary for their creation.
A number of comic book characters exhibit psychometric powers,
Frost, and Terror,
all of whom appear in books published by Marvel
Many field agents featured in Mike
series have this ability.
Characters appearing in Japanese
manga and anime
that possess psychometric abilities include Chiba
Mamoru from Sailor
Moon and Oliver Davis from Ghost
Effect franchise includes an alien race called Protheans,
who possess the ability to communicate and learn things about a
being through touch.
Eiji created by Masashi
Asaki and Yuma
Ando - The main character, Asuma Eiji has the ability to 'read'
pieces of information left from any object or person that he touch
or in contact with.
In Toyko Babylon
Horse Comics Jedi Master Quinlan Vos has this power as a member
of the Kiffar species.
Karen Children a manga by Takashi
Shiina, one of the protagonist Shiho
Sannomiya has psychometric power
In the Sunrise
Hunter Robin, STN-J agent Karasuma Miho has psychometric