Thorvald (Bevan) Berthelsen, together with three witnesses from his workplace
in Köping, Sweden, observed a cylinder-shaped object silently passing over the
city. No explanation was found to this observation, which was reported in local
media. Thorvald Berthelsen and his wife lived in a country house with good
views in all directions. On the same day his UFO observation was mentioned in
the local newspaper a man knocks on their door. Thorvald is met by a man in his
thirties, dressed in a brown suit and white shirt. He has dark hair, appears
suntanned and his eyes are slanted but still not Asian looking. The man ask Thorvald
how he is feeling and continue asking about directions. He says thank you and
leave. “I thought, who the hell was that? I ran out and looked for him.
The road was straight in both directions. If he had come walking I would have
seen him. His eyes were slanted. That caught my attention. Afterwards I felt
this experience was weird”. Thorvald
later became the chairman of UFO-Sweden (1976-1978).
(Interview with Thorvald (Bevan) Berthelsen, October 10, 1992)
Interviewing Thorvald (Bevan) Berthelsen at AFU, October 10, 1992
investigators of UFO and paranormal phenomena immediately recognize the situation.
Our visitors from wherever they come from have the uncanny ability to
disappear right in front of witnesses. In my investigations of contactees and
close encounter reports I have stumbled on this phenomenon several times. Connoisseurs
of UFO literature know there are hundreds of similar cases documented.
ufologist Gösta Johansson, often discussed the various abilities of the aliens
with contactee Richard Höglund, an enigmatic case which I have documented in
several blog entries:
Håkan: How did the aliens look?
Gösta: They were brown, like suntanned, thin,
dark eyes, long fingers. Only once did he notice something defective in their
bodies. It was a man with a scar on his head. There were no women among them
and they didn´t sleep or eat but drank, even liquor, and smoked. They could
disappear into thin air. He told me that once he had been sitting chatting with
two aliens on a bench in the Bahamas when some people approached them. He felt
so ashamed because he was suddenly talking into thin air.The aliens were simply
gone. But otherwise they seemed totally material.
Interview with Gösta Johansson, February 13, 1980).
Gösta Johansson, September 15, 1986
There appears to be at
least two different ways this disappearance is achieved, as described by
witnesses and contactees – advanced technology and classic materialization. “Any
sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”, is a
classic quote from science fiction author Arthur C Clarke. But in individual
cases it can be quite difficult to determine what is to be regarded as the most
Glenn Steckling, director of the George Adamski Foundation told of meetings
with a group of highly advanced, benevolent visitors and their use of
technology to accomplish disappearance:
carry a little device which is also on their ships as well. And this device
that they carry on their person, about the size of a cigarette lighter, is
bending light rays around the object. So in other words they activate the
device and the light rays bend around it and since you only see what is reflected
back into your eyes and into your brain because in reality the brain sees not
the eyes. Then the light rays continue around the object and so you can no
longer see it. Physically there is no such thing as dimensional shifting and
time warp or all this other science fiction nonsense. What it is, physically it
is still there. You can touch them, you can hear them. And they can walk right
past you. And so my father said I´d love to see that in action. And so a few
weeks later we´re walking along the streets of Washington D.C. and this
gentleman, the same guy´s coming towards us and in his arms he has his hans
full of laundry and as he gets close within a couple of meters all of sudden he
lifts his hand and wavs and disapperars. Gone he is. And you can hear him
walking right past us, the sound of his shoes. And we all three of us turn
around and look and a couple of meters behind us he suddenly reappears and turn
around and waves again and smiles and keeps walking.”
(Talking Weird. Episode 14: Glenn Steckling, interview June 24, 2020).
Glenn Steckling lecturing in Sweden, October 20, 2018
George Adamski gave a somewhat
different answer to this question. I don´t know if Adamski ever told of a
technical device to accomplish disappearance.
A – They do not but they can place their mind in a high frequency state
that causes their body to become invisible to our limited range of vision.
There are some Earth people that can use this law. But the body reamains as
solid as the blades of an electric fan revolving at a high rate of speed that
causes them to become invisible to our sight.”
(George Adamski, Answers to Questions Most Frequently Asked About Our Space
Visitors And Other Planets, revised 1965, p. 16).
George Van Tassel also mention a technical device used by one of the alien visitors named Mr. Wheeler or Venuto, when visiting Giant Rock: “The man didn´t
dematerialize. He was still there, because the third time he disappeared I had
my hand on his shoulder, and he was solid; still there under my hand.”
(Proceedings, April, May, June 1977, p. 14)
Hamilton, who was a good friend of Van Tassel interviewed some of the witnesses
to this event: “About thirty people were present for this session. Venudo
took out a crystal device, identical in appearance to the one worn by Solgonda,
and proceeded to demonstrate it by tapping it and disappearing from view. Dan (Boone
– HB) asked Venudo to repeat this performance and reached out to touch his
shoulder when he disappeared again. Dan found Venudo invisible but tangible. I
interviewed Dan and another female witness about three years after the event
and when Saturday night sessions were a thing of the past.” Unfortunately
these interviews have never been published to my knowledge.
(William F. Hamilton, Alien Magic, 1989, p. 9)
description with the experience of contactee Howard Menger:
”When the alien is approx. 20 ft. From me, I (Howard) can see that it is a
female. She had on a suit or uniform which appeared to be a strange, stiff
material and it seemed difficult for her to get from the craft to where she was.
She touched the light on her belt, the light expanded and enveloped her whole
body and she disappeared from view. I (Howard) yelled to the two men standing
at the craft, ´where did she go´? And they yelled back that she had returned to
(Howard and Connie Menger, The High Bridge Incident, comment on one of many pictures
between pages 103-105).
Space woman just before she disappeared, photo by Howard Menger 1956
If some alien visitors
can make themselves disappear how to explain the disappearance of their cars? John
Keel encountered alien visitors, often the so-called Men in Black, several
times during his investigations in the 1960s. “On a number of occasions I
actually saw the phantom Cadillacs as advertised, complete with
sinister-looking passengers in black suits. On Long Island, following the
directions given me in an anonymous phone call, I pursued one of these cars
down a dead-end road where it seemingly vanished into thin air (there were no
side roads or turn-offs).” (John Keel, The Eighth Tower, p. 141)
disappearing car has been investigated by British ufologist Jenny Randles:
It all began in late August 1971 in a town in East Midlands,
England. Jim Wilson had observed a white light moving slowly across
the sky. Just an ordinary mundane sighting of no special interest but ufologist
Derek James, a close colleague of Jenny Randles, made a standard follow up. He
was rather surprised to find that two men in smart business suits and driving a
black car har interviewed Jim Wilson. The men claimed to be from the Ministry
of Defense (MoD) and instructed the witness to forget the sighting as
it had been identified as the Russian satellite Cosmos 408.
two men to interrogate a witness to such an ordinary sighting? Derek James
checked the satellite information centre at Farnborough. At the time of the
observation Cosmos 408 had been over Canada and had not passed over England at
all. Now the witness contacted Derek once more and was rather alarmed because
several nights in succession two unknown men in a black Jaguar car had parked
outside his house and he was sure they were watching him. Derek James had a
relative who was a high ranking police officer and a plan was hatched to check
the car as they were perhaps planning a robbery.
to keep a look out and on October 19 and 20 the policemen watched the car
outside Jim Wilson´s house. The car waited for about thirty minutes and then
drove off. A check of the car registration found out that the vehicle did not
exist and now the police became really interested. On October 21 a police
patrol was ordered to bring in the occupants of the Jaguar for questioning.
Following standard procedure the two policemen walked towards the car, one on
either side. They noticed two smartly dressed men inside. They were just about
to knock on the window when the car simply disappeared into nothingness in
front of the astonished policemen. The area was examined but gave no clue to
the disappearance. Neither car nor occupants were ever seen again. For rather
obvious reasons a cover story was presented in the final police report.
unusual Men In Black case
was published by Derek James and Jenny Randles in Flying Saucer Review, vol. 23, no. 3, October 1977. A
somewhat updated version was later published by Jenny Randles in her book Investigating
the Truth Behind MIB the Men In Black Phenomenon,1997.
If disappearance is accomplished by technology how
about cases where visitors walk through doors or walls? There are indications
that the visitors encountered by Richard Höglund could also pass through walls,
as told to me and witnessed by my friends Sture and Turid Johansson. But that
takes more than just bending light rays. Passing through walls requires materialization.
regarded as a form of materialization. In his letter to Karl and Amy Veit, September 19, 1961, published
in Besucher aus dem Weltraum, American contactee Eugene Drake makes
these interesting comments (my translation): “There are very few people
who have had real physical contact with space ships or space people, like
ourselves. I have on various occasions experienced how space people appear in
condensed form and I could shake their hands. After the contact they
disappeared into a higher frequency.”
Eugene Drake 1951
with alien visitors and that her home functioned as a sort of safe house for
both contactees and space people. One of her close friends told me how he
reacted the first time he became aware of this: ”I remember the first time
there was about 5 space people in Ms.Van Tassel’s house talking with her as I
quietly watched, and then suddenly one of the men turned , looked directly at
me, smiled gently, and then very slowly turned to the kitchen room wall and
walked right through the wall! I watched this very closely as he then came back
in. Let me tell you , those kind of incidents have a very deep and troubling
affect on our minds because we cannot comprehend it.” I asked my
correspondent whether Dorris was aware of that these five men were space
people: ”O yes, she knew them well. It was perfectly normal for her.”
(Email, February 26, 2012).
thorough study of all cases documented in UFO literature would be of great
help. A worthy project for my many colleagues around the world.
Finally I cannot resist a humourous comment on the issue of disappearance by my
favourite Fortean iconoclast John Keel, from his autobiography Jadoo: “One lama told me the way to vanish
into thin air is to make the mind a complete blank. (If this is true, then I know
several people who should have disappeared long ago.)”