The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for this documentary, and now it’s almost here.

No, not the much anticipated Enrique Enriquez: Tarology, Exploring the Poetics of the Marseilles Tarot, which I’m also very much looking forward to, but The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus, directed by Alexandre Phillipe.

Paul, of course, came to fame in 2010 when he correctly predicted the winners of eight consecutive Soccer World Cup matches.

His death in the fall of that year was mourned throughout the world, and a monument was erected in his honour at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany where he lived.

Now his story is being immortalized in a bio-pic about his life. It not only tells the tale of one amazing cephalopod, it examines some of the questions raised by his apparent powers of pre-cognition.

What’s the world to do with evidence of a psychic octopus? His mere existence is a serious source of wonder.

The film should be out in the fall. I can’t wait!!

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Homage To An Octopus

January 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Paul the Psychic Octopus

Paul the Octopus

So Paul the Octopus is back in the news. Besides Nostradamus, he’s got to be the most famous psychic in the world. His fame though, is well deserved.

Not only was he able to correctly predict outcomes in the 2010 World Cup, he was also able to get his human companions to understand his predictions.

Quite a feat for any psychic, even Nostradamus. For a cephalopod, it was truly remarkable.

Nostradamus, portrait by his son Cesar

Nostradamus

Happily, Paul’s work will not be forgotten. The Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, were he lived and divined, has erected a monument to his memory.

Unveiled last Thursday, the memorial is a six-foot plastic replica of Paul clutching a soccer ball in his tentacles.

His ashes are inside the ball, in a gold-leaf urn designed in his image.

A beautiful tribute.

And stay tuned, Reuters is reporting that an American produced documentary is in the works. Can’t wait.
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see also:
“Psychic Octopus Makes Time’s Top 10 Twice”
“We’ll Miss You Paul the Octopus”

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Psychic Octopus Makes Time's Top 10 Twice

December 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

The only Psychic to make Time Magazine’s Top 10 of Everything of 2010 list was Paul the Octopus. And he made it twice!

The famous cephalopod was 4th on the list of Top 10 Animal Stories and 5th in the category of Top 10 Fleeting Celebrities.

It’s possible that his fame would have been longer-lived had he himself lived longer, but there’s no doubt he was a star. Not to mention, a fine representative for the psychic community.

His accurate, impartial predictions were an inspiration to all. Congratulations Paul.

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We'll Miss You Paul the Octopus

October 26th, 2010 § 5 comments § permalink

Paul the Psychic Octopus drawn by Georgianna Boehnke

Psychic Octopus Paul

Paul the Psychic Octopus, mystic ocean trail-blazer and impartial soccer fan, died last night.

As both a Cephalopod, and a Seer, he touched the hearts, and opened the minds of millions.  Not only did he make the world see that divining the future might be possible, he did so as an Octopus.

Psychics and Sea Life aren’t given much respect in our world these days.  Paul swam up for both and we thank him for that.

I salute you Paul.  You will be missed.

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