Project Viola Ten: The Little Green Man Smoothie

A full day of being tested in a laboratory calls for a sensible breakfast.  In other words… it’s smoothie time.

The Piddingtons – the original telepathy superstars on BBC radio in 1950 – have been a huge inspiration for me.  They were once accused during a broadcast of having a “little green man” who flew between them whispering information.

In their honor, I call this the Little Green Man smoothie. It’s a pear, a banana, some spinach, some yogurt, some chopped ginger, half a lime (squeezed), and some orange juice.

Give it a try some time… It may not make you telepathic, but it sure can’t hurt!

Lesley Piddington (1925 – 2016)

I’ve written a fair amount about the Piddingtons lately, and I’d like to pass along the word that Lesley passed away on the 2nd of August after a lengthy battle with dementia. Her BBC Radio broadcasts with Sydney remain inspirational and uplifting to everyone who hears them, and she has had a huge influence on me, as well as the Deans.

I’m sorry that I didn’t get to meet her, because the stories about her are legendary.


Unfathomable Debut

At the London debut of Unfathomable we were introduced by the great David Berglas, and joined by the lovely Debbie McGee.  Dr. Richard Wiseman, Dr. Caroline Watt, and the Worshipful the Mayor and Mayoress of the London Borough of Barnet served as adjudicators. sitting ringside and eagle-eyed.

Dr. Watt, Dr. Wiseman, Mayor and Mayoress

Pictured here, beside the Deans is the man and the myth David Berglas. Beside Mr. Berglas is the world’s favorite academic, Richard Wiseman.

The Lovely Debbie McGee

Debbie McGee was in our audience the other night. Do you know who she is? Best known as “the lovely Debbie McGee” she was the wife and chief assistant of the great Paul Daniels. Here is a video of my favorite illusion, Backstage with the Magician perfectly performed by Paul and Debbie.  I mentioned this illusion to her and she told me a funny story about Roger Moore showing up at an event late and hung over.

Thank you Debbie, for your support!

The Deans & the Piddingtons

The Deans and The Piddingtons

by Eddie Dean


In the 1950s, the Piddingtons ignited fierce debates across Britain, as they demonstrated what appeared to be genuine telepathy for the BBC.  Some believed they were magicians.  Others insisted they were mind readers.  Further theories advanced by the public included radio transmitters concealed within hollow teeth, and an invisible little green man which flew between them, whispering answers.  The Piddingtons’ personal position was clear, as they repeatedly reminded their audiences that “you are the judge!”


Their methods were never discovered, remaining the subject of discussion and debate for over 70 years.  In 2014, however, a notebook was discovered by an investigative journalist named Martin T. Hart.  This notebook contained a number of methods which had been created and used by the Piddingtons — methods which had evaded discovery for nearly a century.  Mr. Hart published many of these secrets in a book entitled, Piddington’s Secrets.

pidd secrets

However, not all of the secrets of the Piddingtons were disclosed in this book.  After discussions, meetings, international flights, numerous emails, and innumerous coffees, Mr. Hart agreed to disclose a number of additional secrets to Maggie and me.  On May 22, 2016, after months of intensive training, we presented our collaborative effort at a VIP fundraiser event at Cork’s only five star hotel, the Hayfield Manor.  The fundraiser benefited the extraordinary Teddies For Loving Care, which provides sanitary teddy bears for children during extended hospital stays.


As the Deans, Maggie and I have been developing contemporary techniques for telepathy since studying together at the Accademia dell’Arte in Tuscany, beginning in 2012.  We were the first to assert telepathy as an act of contemporary circus — a sometimes dangerous, two person display of physical skill.  We developed our first public telepathy demonstration as part of a residency at Seattle’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA); the largest circus school in the United States.

SANCA Deans 5

We continued this development at the University College Cork, as part of my doctoral research on the role of the body in contemporary performances of telepathy, and Maggie’s practice-based masters by research regarding gender, the body, and the contemporary performance of witchcraft.


We are proud to say that all of our demonstrations are purely physical and are accomplished without the aid of confederates, stooges, secret accomplices, magic industry gimmicks, or electronic devices.  How do we do it?  The answer, as ever, is: “You be the judge!”

The Deans - You Be The Judge

The Piddingtons (1947 Newsreel)

The Deans were described as “the Amazing Piddingtons Reinvented” in this week’s Magic Week Magazine.  Do you know who the Piddingtons were?  They ignited fierce controversy across Britain in the 50s as they demonstrated what appeared to be genuine telepathy for the BBC.  The test they conduct in this newsreel has remained a mystery to the world for 70 years.  But it’s not a mystery to the Deans.  In fact, it’s part of their new show, UNFATHOMABLE.