The Psychic Project at The Vaults

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Off-West End - Shows

After sold out shows in 2017 and 2018, David Narayan's The Psychic Project comes to The Vaults Theatre from June 12, revealing the true story of America's Cold War psychic spying programme.
The Psychic Project at The Vaults

Image: The Vaults

Fancy your chances of being a psychic spy?

Well, perhaps you've never considerd the possibility.

But some spymasters obviously did think about using psychic powers in their secretive work ...

The Psychic Project is a mind-reading show based on the true story of America's psychic spying programme from the Cold War.

After sold out shows in 2017 and 2018, The Psychic Project is heading to The Vaults Theatre for eight performances from 12 June.

The show tells the story of the programme and attempts the CIA's experiments, seeing if the audience can achieve the same results; i.e. whether the audience can become psychic spies.

The Psychic Project at the The Vaults at the

David Narayan in The Psychic Project - photo by Richard Merritt

The unusual aspect of this show is that the performer, David Narayan, does not demonstrate any psychic powers.

Instead, every experiment is attempted by audience members, using the techniques from the CIA's archives and drawin on 100,000 pages of CIA documents in order to attempt the experiments with a live audience.

Previously, only available via US Freedom of Information Act requests, the declassified documents were made available via the CIA's website in 2017.

Some parts are still redacted - in particular the sections on causing changes to human cells!


A mind-reading show based on the true story of the Cold War's psychic spies.

In 1972, the Cold War took an unusual turn.

The CIA learnt that Russia was investing in mind-control research and achieving some remarkable results.

Not wanting to be left behind, US scientists began a secret project to train civilians as psychic spies: stealing secrets, manipulating memories and finding out if thoughts can kill.

Drawing on 100,000 pages of declassified documents, David Narayan attempts the CIA's experiments, seeing if a modern audience can use the same techniques.


David Narayan


Author: David Narayan


The Vaults
Leake Street


From: Wednesday 12 June 2019

Closed: Saturday 22 June 2019


Standard: £20

Concessions: £16


Show website
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