The Tepaphone (Deutsch: Tepaphon) has an interesting place in occult lore. It is supposedly the most powerful magical weapon ever created, a combination of weird science and black magic, capable of killing it’s target at any distance. A Tepaphone is a essentially magical death ray generator.
It was most likely first introduced in the literature by Franz Bardon in his autobiography Frabato. He claimed the Freemasonic Order of the Golden Centurium (FOGC), a “black magic” occult order in Germany (which actually had no connection to Craft Masonry) that was active from the mid-1800s until the Nazis came to power in the 1930s, tried to murder him with magic because he refused to join their lodge. (Bardon, in fact, was briefly imprisoned by the Nazis for refusing to collaborate with their occult research.)
“One of the secrets of the F.O.G.C. Lodge members lay in their ability to put anyone to sleep, wake him up, make him sick or healthy, and invigorate or kill him whenever they liked. The leading members of the lodge, however, had only acquired this knowledge by entering into a pact with a prince of demons. With their magical methods, they were able to influence any untrained person, who had no way of discovering the source of the influences at work upon him.”
How were these powerful wizards able to accomplish this? By means of “the piece of apparatus they called the Tepaphone.”
“It was the lodge’s most strictly guarded secret: a magical vibratory instrument which could emit fatal vibrations across any distance and constituted the deadliest weapon in the arsenal of the lodge. If the picture or mumia of any human being or animal were placed at the focal point of the tepaphone’s vibrations, both the astral and physical bodies of that entity would be affected. Substances of any kind could be destroyed by this instrument from any distance. Furthermore, it served as a wireless transmitter of energy – something modern science could only dream about. Any kind of thought could be transmitted by the tepaphone as well. Finally, the device made it possible to cause nervous diseases and poisonings which puzzled the medical establishment. Typically, a picture or personal object was sufficient to establish contact with the intended victim – and remember, distance was of no consequence. “
Bardon (aka ‘Frabato”) was, of course, able to survive the attack because he was such a mighty wizard himself, and he was protected by “the Brothers of Light” – or so the story goes.
The Tepaphone is described as a framework holding multiple optic lenses mounted in front of a light source, and a separate section consisting of a flat holder surrounded by copper wire coils with a copper plate in the center, on which the light was projected. From this simple description, and knowing what kind of technology was available at that time, the Tepaphone was probably a modified “magic lantern“, an early kind of slide projector that was used extensively by Masonic lodges in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The first versions had either a built-in oil or alcohol lamp with wick, or separate lamp was placed inside the box to provide a light source. Later versions used electric lamps, and eventually evolved into the optical slide projectors of the late 20th century.
One way to make the Tepaphone could have been simply winding the wire coil around the projection tube of the magic lantern (supposedly so that one end of the wire is in contact with the wick of the oil or alcohol lamp inside the magic lantern case), and placing a copper plate in position so that the projected light could strike it. The entire apparatus could have been mounted on a single frame or platform.
The “witness” of the target (photo, hair or other tissue sample) was placed against the copper plate and various colors were projected on it, while the operator (and assistants) conducted a ritual to curse the targeted individual. It’s possible that sigils or other drawn images were also used for projection, since the glass slides used in magic lanterns could be (and often were) painted by hand.
The Tepaphone was also supposedly used by the Brotherhood of Saturn (Fraternitas Saturni or F.S.), an offshoot of the early O.T.O. in Germany. A former member of the F.S., “Master Daniel” (Guido Wolther), wrote an article in the early 1960s that confirmed some of Bardon’s account. (Also mentioned is an occult group called The Order of the Mentalic Builders – what a great name!)
Raymond Holder, in his book The Anti-Christ Training Manual, describes a method in of building a Tepaphone that he claims is authentic. His description includes using ethyl alcohol as the fuel for the lamp (into which are infused certain appropriate ingredients to make a magical fluid condenser) and covering the copper projection tube with lead.
Searching the Web for “tepaphone” shows that the term has taken on a more generic meaning in later years, so that any device designed to transmit “deadly emanations” to a selected target is called a “tepaphone.”
What are the implications of the Tepaphone or any similar radionic-like device, which is specifically designed as a weapon? What if someone succeeds in building such a device and can make it work?
John W. Campbell, editor of “Astounding Magazine” and an early proponent of Dr. Hieronymus’s radionic machines, discussed the subject in a series of personal correspondences between the two of them. (Campbell is credited with coining the term “psionic” and popularizing radionics.)
Regarding the implications of Hieronymus’s claims of success in killing agricultural pests remotely (an experiment that was followed and verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture), Campbell wrote:
“True, you’re attacking only insects, you’re helping human beings. But the inherent implications are there, and cannot be denied. You cannot tell me how to defend myself against such an attack; if I acknowledge the reality of those forces, I acknowledge that I am helpless, and know of no defense. [...] You’re scaring the hell out of the people who understand what you’ve got. You may be using it well – but release it, and what limits it? If a magician can destroy a man tracelessly – who would be safe from threat, from ransom demand, from the vengeful hate of an unjust enemy? You can name no limits to this powerful technique!”
It would seem though that a Tepaphone is not something easy to make, and/or easy to make work. Otherwise there would be hundreds or thousands of them out there and magical assassination would be commonplace! Obviously, making such a device work, like making any radionics device work, is very dependent on the skill of the operator. And hopefully, anyone with the requisite skill and discipline has better things to do than go about assualting people by remote control.