Sunday 15 June 2014

Flying Girl in Russia

In March 2009 a strange video was uploaded to YouTube, just forty-four seconds long; it was shot on a mobile phone camera in the middle of some woods in Russia. The video is viral and has a number of mirrors, but the original uploader was called "Jevgenij2000" and the vid in question is their only upload, see: There's no information about who the cameraman is, or where exactly in Russia this incident took place. The video description is in very broken English and merely describes what happened. We see a winter forested scene; the cameraman is clearly taking his dog for a walk. The dog runs some distance away and while his owner calls to him. Then the dog takes off to the right down a path, the owner trains the camera to follow him and we're faced with an incredible spectacle. A hundred yards or so down the path stands a woman and about two feet above her head a small girl, of about five or six years old, can be seen hanging in the air with no visible means of support. The woman, I'm guessing she's the girl's mother, looks on and appears completely unfazed, as if the girl's levitation is completely normal and she sees it every day. The dog barks and whimpers, seeming to be frightened by the sight. The cameraman zooms in, but soon after lets the camera drift off its subject. When he manages to reframe, the woman is holding the girl, as if the girl has just dropped down into her arms. She lowers the girl to the ground and they both walk swiftly away as if concerned that they've been spotted.

There's very little literature online about this subject. Even the Skeptics have been fairly quiet about it, but those who have spoken out of course claim that this is a hoax, for example see: These authors even reckon they can see that the girl wearing a harness. It is naturally a possibility that the girl is being suspended above the ground by wires. Wires like that are often used in cinema; they are so thin that they are not captured by the film if the lighting is right; a good example can be seen in this clip from the 1964 Walt Disney movie Mary Poppins, see: In this day and age such physical photographic tricks are not even necessary. The girl could have been filmed separately, balancing on a see-saw or swing etc, and then Photoshopped into the main movie. The Skeptics claim that there's a cut in the film when the camera moves off the subject, but I can't see it myself pausing the vid every few frames. There is also supposedly a frame where a tree trunk is positioned in front of the girl by mistake. More detailed analysis can confirm or dispute this. If this video is a hoax then there has been no confession after over five years. The YouTube user has not uploaded any more vids on that channel since this one in 2009; you'd think he'd have another go at fooling people. Could this video possibly be real? It sounds ridiculous to suggest because it means that the girl was actually levitating above the ground which is supposedly impossible. Watching this enhanced version of the video, we can see that the girl is held in position very securely; she is not swinging around, as she would on a wire, see: She also kicks her legs slightly and rolls in the air around a fulcrum which is roughly on her midriff. She's at an angle, lying obliquely in the air and not upright. Could she be wearing some kind of clothing that allows her to defy gravity? A waistcoat beneath her winter jacket perhaps made of the same lifting material as Viktor Grebennikov's platform, see: Russia is a huge country and people in remote areas of its territory are initiates to many mysteries and secrets, including spiritual traditions virtually unknown in the outside world. The Ringing Cedars of Russia series are books worth reading for more insight into this subject, see: Levitation is a power often professed by people who have reached high levels of spiritual practice; in Tibet, India and other places holy men are said to have been able to overcome even gravity through meditation. There may be a clue in what the man says; unfortunately I can't speak Russian, but if any HPANWO-readers can, could they translate him for me? Either way this is an old case which I've only just heard about, but it seems to have risen and fallen without making a long-term ripple. I still think it deserves to be reopened just in case more information comes to light.


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