Carlos Mirabelli was born in 1889. He had a very basic education and was known to be a very ‘simple’ man. Despite his humble beginnings, Carlos exhibited a remarkable array of talents.
Persons close to Carlos indicated that he only spoke his native language but in many documented events he demonstrated the ability to speak over 28 languages including German, French, Dutch, Italian, Czech, Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Turkish, Hebrew, Albanian, several African dialects, Latin, Chinese, Greek, Polish, Egyptian, and ancient Greek. To further confound his peers, some of the subjects he spoke on included medicine, sociology, politics, theology, psychology, history, astronomy, music, and literature – all subjects that would have been unheard of to a man with only a rudimentary education. During his séances, he demonstrated writings in over 28 languages with an abnormal speed that others found nearly impossible to duplicate. In one documented case, Carlos wrote in hieroglyphics that to date, have still not been deciphered.
Carlos had other strange talents too. For one, he could levitate and appear and disappear at will. In séances, Carlos was known to levitate 3 feet above his chair. In one incident, Carlos was seen, by several witnesses, to instantly vanish at the da Luz railroad station. Witness reported several occasions where Carlos would vanish in one room and instantly appear in another. In one controlled experiment, Carlos was bound to a chair, the doors and windows sealed, and left alone. He instantly appeared in another room on the opposite side of the building. When the experimenters returned, the seals on the doors and windows were still intact and Carlos was quietly sitting, still bound, in his chair.
In another documented occurrence, witnessed by Dr. Ganymede de Souza, a little girl materialized in a closed room in broad daylight. The doctor confirmed that the apparition was his daughter who had perished a few months earlier. The doctor took the girl’s pulse, asked her personal questions, and took photographs of the incident.
The most amazing aspect of Mirabelli’s supernatural events was the number of witnesses present and the analysis of photographs and films that have subsequently been conducted. In some instances up to 60 witnesses were present including 72 doctors, 12 engineers, 36 lawyers, and 25 military men. The President of Brazil once witnessed Mirabelli’s talents and immediately ordered an investigation. In 1927, scientific assessments were conducted in a closed environment. Mirabelli was bound to a chair and examined before and after the tests. Tests were conducted outdoors or if conducted indoors, they were lit by bright lights. The tests resulted in over 350 "positives" and less than 60 "negatives".