New Presentation by Russ Breault

Russ Breault tells us on the Shroud Encounter Facebook page:

imageI have developed a new presentation specifically for Art museums and schools of art to explore the subject from that perspective. Here is a descriptor of the talk:

Art, Icon or Relic?—The Role of Art in Exploring and Revealing an Ancient Mystery

Is the famous Shroud of Turin the work of a medieval artist? Is it a religious icon or is it a relic of a historical event? No one knows for sure. Explore the mystery from the rich realm of art.

This comprehensive presentation will look at:

• Art as historical depiction
• Art copies of the original
• Influence of the Shroud on Byzantine art
• Comparison of art during the middle ages
• Mechanics of art such as style, technique, substances and process.

Program will make use of over 200 images. 90 minutes

Dematerialization you can’t argue with

Russ Breault to speak in Chester, Illinois

imageThe following poster tells us that my good friend Russ Breault will be speaking at a Supernatural Seminar Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Chester, Illinois. Chester is a town on the Mississippi River about an hour’s drive south of St.Louis.

I notice, too, that the Senior Pastor at Sunrise Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be talking about UFO’s, Aliens and Demons. While it depends on who you believe, it should be noted nonetheless that in 1977, Chester was destroyed in a UFO attack. Wikipedia tells us:

In the January 1978 issue of Official UFO Pulp Fiction Magazine, editor Myron Fass claimed that UFOs had attacked and entirely destroyed (or in his words ‘Destructed’) the town of Chester, Illinois, on the night of August 2, 1977. After mainstream Press reporters interviewed Chester residents, who obviously suffered no UFO attack, Fass claimed the aliens had instantly rebuilt the town and erased most residents’ memories of the attack.[13]

Now. that is dematerialization you can’t argue with.


The picture of the church is from a Google car drive-by in August 2013.

Battle of the Chemists

Updated since posting:  Try Battle of the Chemists. This is a download of the Power Point.

imageIn the past two days there have been some comments about Adler, Heller and McCrone in the posting, It’s the Curmudgeon in Me.

Here is a link to a PPT presentation Russ Breault did for the American Chemical Society many years ago.  It compares McCrone’s findings and methodology with that of Heller and Adler.

Note: With Windows 10 I can only view the presentation with Google Chrome. Microsoft Edge fails to format correctly. I have not tried any other browsers.

Here is the Table of Contents:

  1. The Shroud of Turin
  2. McCrone
  3. Battle of the Chemists  -  Whose science is better?
  4. The Chemistry Controversy
  5. Adler and Heller Summarized
  6. Procedures
  7. Controls
  8. Incidental Debris
  9. Question
  10. Microscopic Characteristics
  11. More on Iron Oxide
  12. Organic Pigments?
  13. The Body Image
  14. Similar chemistry to a light scorch
  15. Blood Images
  16. Characteristics
  17. Control Samples
  18. Blood Chemistry
  19. Red Particles
  20. Iron Particles
  21. Why Iron Oxide?
  22. Random Particles
  23. Summary
  24. Last Word on McCrone

The Definitive Word on 3D from OK?

In essence, Jackson & Jumper took the crude photo of the Shroud, determined location of 13 characteristic points on the face, determined their vertical coordinates on the model, determined the relative intensity of those points with VP-8 (much more primitive than ImageJ we use today), plotted linear regression, obtaining as a parameter max range of 3.7 cm, calculated correlation coefficient, determining that almost certainly there is at least some correlation, and then compared it with the profile for the whole front image of the Shroud. Simple technique, but remarkable achievement.

imageThat paragraph above is from the 29th slide in a self-paced, fully explained, fully comprehendible four-part presentation, 3D properties of the Shroud revised by regular participant O.K.

        Take the time to read this presentation carefully.
          Is this the definitive final word on the 3D properties of the shroud? No. For one thing it is unfinished, as O.K. tells us. O.K. promises to respond to our comments and questions and add to the presentation. So look for more.
          In my mind, this a very important presentation on the 3D properties of the shroud, perhaps the most important one so far.

        Am I convinced? Yes and no. I am convinced that the 3D means data is there. Smooth the image data, but not too little or too much, and you have, in essence, a height-field (my terminology, not O.K.’s).  Sure, it easy to imagine that this means that the data somehow represents body to cloth distance.  A carefully calculated correlation doesn’t make it so, however. It could be that there are other possible reasons even though I don’t have any strong ideas about what they might be.

        imageBy-the-way: I love the slide pictured to the right and the wording in the very next slide. It demonstrates that O.K. clearly understands the smoothing issue. Not many people do:

All right, I cheated. Here is the same image, but this time using ‘Thermal LUT’ instead of ‘Original colors’

[See  Part 1, slides 19 & 20 ]

As you can see, the image is blurred too much -too high smoothing applied, and a lot information is gone. We have a handy image in original colors, but actually disastrous 2D resolution.

Facebook: Barrie Schwortz on Indianapolis

He reports on Facebook:

Last Saturday I gave two sold-out presentations at the truly amazing Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and got to see their beautiful National Geographic Sacred Journey’s Exhibit in person. The museum curators expanded the basic exhibit and added a lifesize replica of the Shroud, which you can see on display in the photo below. The exhibit runs until February 2016 and is definitely worth seeing. I’ll include a full report in our next website update. (See the September 3rd posting below for links). Photo ©2015 Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Other coverage in this blog includes:

Russ Breault at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Next Week

Free and open to the public


Two Shroud of Turin Presentations in Skokie on September 20

Also see previous posting, Russ Breault’s Shroud Encounter in Chicago September 19

Press Release: (Click on Posters for Larger View)

imageimageThe Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. will be presenting two unique presentations at St. Lambert Parish located at 8148 Karlov Ave in Skokie, IL on Sunday, September 20th at 2:00 PM.  A free will offering is requested to cover expenses.St

The first presentation is called:  The Day the Shroud Foiled Hitler which documents the seven years from 1939 to 1946 when the Shroud was secretly taken out of Turin to keep it away from Adolph Hitler. 

Hitler was obsessed with finding religious artifacts with the belief they would give him supernatural power in his bid for world conquest.  In 1938, Hitler visited Italy and his trip included Turin. His henchmen began asking questions about the King’s prized relic, The Shroud of Turin.  When Hitler invaded Poland the next year, the sacred cloth was secretly taken to a monastery south of Rome.  In 1943, the Nazis came looking for it, first in Turin and then later at the monastery. 

Russ Breault documents this chapter of history and how Hitler first obtained the “Spear of Destiny” kept in Austria.  He also searched for the Holy Grail but to no avail.  What drove his obsession?  This intriguing new big screen presentation tells the story. 

The second presentation is called:  Seven Secrets of the Sacred Shroud and will look at seven compelling theological-apologetic reasons why the Shroud is most likely the authentic burial cloth of Jesus. 

Both presentations are a production of the Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. and will be presented by international expert Russ Breault.

Mr. Breault has been featured in several national documentaries seen on CBS, History Channel and Discovery.  He was interviewed this year for Good Morning America to discuss the latest research.  He has presented at numerous colleges and universities including Duke, West Point, Johns Hopkins, Penn State and many others. See for more info.

The Shroud was largely dismissed in 1988 when three carbon dating labs indicated a medieval origin. However chemical research published in a peer reviewed scientific journal in 2005 showed that the single sample cut from the outside corner edge may not have been part of the original Shroud material. In violation of the sampling protocol, only one sample was used for dating and was cut from the most handled area of the cloth, an area that should have been avoided. The sample may have been part of a section that was repaired sometime during the Middle Ages. Many scientists now believe the carbon dating result is inconclusive and should no longer be considered valid.

Adding more doubt to the carbon dating tests, new chemical and mechanical tests published in 2013 by Italian scientists with Padua University indicate a date range of 280 BC to 220 AD. 

The mystery continues. National Geographic called it "One of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times."