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Antonio C. Agpaoa (1939-1982) most well known as Tony Agpaoa was a Filipino practitioner of psychic surgery.

He worked in Manila. It was alleged that Agpaoa could remove tissue from the body of patients without making an incision.[1] However, magicians and skeptics were convinced his feats were the result of conjuring tricks.[2][3]

In 1968, Agpaoa was arrested and charged for fraud in the United States for pretending to mend a bone in a patients neck.[4] American surgeon William A. Nolen has written "According to the A.M.A. he had separated hundreds of patients from their life savings and had cured no one."[5]

Magician James Randi has noted that Agpaoa had his own appendix removed in a hospital in San Francisco, instead of visiting a psychic surgeon.[6]


  1. ^ Moore, Brooke Noel; Parker, Richard. (1979). Critical Thinking: Evaluating Claims and Arguments in Everyday Life. Mayfield Publishing. p. 179. ISBN 978-0874848410
  2. ^ Carroll, Robert Todd. (2003). The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions. Wiley. p. 314. ISBN 0-471-27242-6
  3. ^ Neher, Andrew. (2011). Paranormal and Transcendental Experience: A Psychological Examination. Dover Publications. p. 171. ISBN 0-486-26167-0 "Tony Agpaoa, the most popular of the psychic surgeons, has several times been detected in trickery."
  4. ^ Nickell, Joe. (1993). Looking for a Miracle: Weeping Icons, Relics, Stigmata, Visions & Healing Cures. Prometheus Books. p. 160. ISBN 1-57392-680-9 "Antonio "Dr. Tony" Agpaoa who, in late 1968, was arrested in San Francisco. A month later, on December 19, he was indicted by a Detroit grand jury on a charge of fraud in foreign commerce. The indictment stemmed from a Michigan steelworker's 1966 visit to Manila, where Agpaoa pretended to mend fractured bones in the man's neck. Later X-rays, however, revealed the bones were as before although the man (briefly relieved of pain by suggestion) had believed himself healed."
  5. ^ Nolen, William A. (1974). Healing a Doctor in Search of a Miracle. Random House. p. 24. ISBN 0-394-49095-9
  6. ^ Randi, James. (1982). The Truth About Uri Geller. Prometheus Books. p. 182. ISBN 0-87975-199-1 "Tony Agpaoa, one of the wealthiest men in the Philippines as a result of his quackery, had his own appendix removed — in San Francisco, in a real hospital."