Mind-Reading Horse Is Termed
Phenomenon by Psychologist
Richmond -- Lady Wonder, the Petersburg Pike mind-reading horse, yesterday was called "a genuine phenomenon" by a visiting psychologist, Dr. Thomas L. Garrett.
Dr. Garrett, a native Richmonder, who is living in New York, is editor-in-chief of a monthly psychology digest, "Your Mind," which is to be published here. With him was Lesley Kuhn, managing editor of the magazine.
The two men, who said they had exposed many mind-reading and fortune-telling acts in the country, were obviously impressed by the 21-year-old horse who spells out the answers to questions.
What sold Dr. Garrett on the horse was her explanation of a phone call he had received from New York. The long distance operator told him only that a man named "Murphy" was trying to get him.
The horse said Murphy's first name was "Pat" and that he wanted to see Dr. Garrett about his wife, Diane Ross, an actress. Upon checking with a New York theatrical agent, Dr. Garrett found that there is a Diane Ross who is married to a Pat Murphy.
"I find Lady Wonder perfectly amazing." Dr. Garrett said after admitting he had visited the horse several times. "There is unquestonably a genuine phenomena on the part of the horse. No trickery is involved."
Dr. Garrett is publishing a book which deals with exposes of various so-called supernatural manifestations. He attended McGuire University School for Boys here. He also holds a Ph. D. from a university in Paris. He has lived in New York since 1930. Recently Dr. Garrett has been doing rehabilitation work with the American Flying Services Foundation.
The magazine which Dr. Garrett edits plans to bring to Richmond a number of well-known speakers, with particular emphasis on rehabilitation.
Dr. Garrett frequently uses hypnosis as a means of solving mental and nervous disorders of patients and will shortly publish a book on the subject.