The horse named Lady was born on February 9, 1924, she was black with white legs. At the age of 3 weeks, she was sold to spouses Clarence and Claudia Fonda from Richmond, Virginia (USA). Claudia hand-fed the young horse and raised her as if she were her daughter, so a very close bond quickly developed between the two.
As Lady grew up, Claudia began to notice something strange about the mare. For example, the horse repeatedly approached her herself right before Claudia only THOUGHT to call Lady.
At first, the woman attributed this to a mere coincidence, but the more such cases, the more she became convinced that the horse could somehow read her mind
The same thing started to happen when Claudia started teaching the Lady different commands like “Turn around”, “Tilt your head” or “Show your teeth”. The lady often carried out commands even before Claudia voiced them aloud, having only had time to think about them.
Claudia decided to experiment and prove (first to herself) that her horse is indeed endowed with superpowers.
To begin with, she decided to teach her the alphabet and numbers, showing the Lady cards with letters and numbers.
In just a few months, Lady confidently knew the entire alphabet and numbers from 1 to 9, and when she was called a particular letter or number, she pointed to the card with the correct answer. Then, by order of Claudia, a special device was built, like a large typewriter, which, by pressing the buttons, showed this or that small tin card with letters or numbers.
Now the Lady could answer simple questions by pressing the right keys with her hoof. It was after this that the Lady showed another hidden supernatural talent. Once Claudia lost an object, and when she entered the stable, the Lady suddenly went to the typewriter and typed a word that indicated the place where this object is located.
Claudia decided to test this experience by starting to hide small objects in different places, such as a thimble, and then asking Lady where they were. The horse typed the location of the item correctly every time, although he did not see how Claudia hid it
Claudia was shocked by the horse’s abilities, and then continued her experiments. It turned out that if you ask the Lady what time is on the clock, which is hidden from her, she will answer correctly. And what if you show her the hidden coin and ask how it lies – heads or tails up, then Lady will guess again
Then Lady began to guess the outcomes of sports competitions. In 1927, she correctly named the winner of the boxing match between Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey.
This was the turning point after which Claudia decided to tell the whole world about her psychic horse. Claudia placed advertisements for Lady’s Wonderful Horse performances in the newspapers, and people flocked to her performances.
In front of the audience, the Lady correctly guessed the sex of the babies, gave the correct dates for historical events, performed mathematical examples, and even corrected mistakes in the words shown to her
The audience was amazed and Lady’s popularity grew by leaps and bounds. She became a real sensation and no one could ever catch the horse and its owner of forgery.
And there were enough of them. Over the years, Lady repeatedly made correct predictions about earthquakes and other natural disasters, surges or falls in the stock market, winners in sports competitions, and even winners in the 1948 US elections between Truman and Dewey, choosing Truman correctly, although the entire press drowned for Dewey.
The lady was also known for locating objects and pets that were missing from viewers. When she correctly identified the location of the lost dog of New York psychologist Thomas Garrett, she publicly called the horse a real phenomenon.
The lady attracted so much attention that she once made the cover of Time Magazine, and it was rumored that even high-ranking politicians turned to her for advice. Reporters came in droves, often reporting how overwhelmed they were, with one journalist writing the following:
“As a prophet, this horse seems to be an exact copy of Nostradamus, only in the twentieth century. If there was any trick in the strange behavior of this animal, then Houdini’s mantle fell on very smart shoulders.”
As for the skeptics’ attempts to expose the Lady, once at their request, Professor Joseph Banks Ryan of Duke University conducted the best and most controlled tests of the phenomenal horse’s superpowers.
He and his team spent a whole week working with Lady in 1927, testing her using hundreds of different tests.
In the end, he came to the conclusion that Lady did not answer questions with the help of some external force and that she reacted to telepathy and did possess “some degree of psychic power.” Capabilities Although Ryan concluded that the horse possessed real psychic abilities, not everyone was so convinced even after so many tests.
The famous illusionist and magician of the time Milburn Christopher also tested the Lady and concluded that Claudia Fonda used “mentalist tricks” and subtle clues to give answers to her very well trained horse. Christopher was supported by another magician, John Scarn, who was convinced that Claudia Fonda was creating an elaborate illusion.
However, none of this explained why the horse seemed so supernaturally accurate in predicting the outcome of future events, and in the meantime, Lady continued to confuse and surprise.
Perhaps the most impressive “trick” of the wonderful horse came in 1951 when a 4-year-old boy named Danny Matson went missing in Quincy, Massachusetts. When mass searches yielded nothing, the police decided they had nothing to lose and turned to Lady for advice.
The horse informed them that the boy’s body was in what she called the “Pittsfield Waterwheel,” which at first did not make sense as there was no known waterwheel in Pittsfield.
But the police soon determined that the horse seemed to be referring to a water-filled circular pit called “Field and Wilde Water Pit” there. The police had previously searched him, but just in case they looked there again and found the body of the missing boy there. The child drowned
This incident was so frighteningly creepy and accurate that the next year the Lady was again asked for help in finding the missing person. It was the mother of a boy named Ronnie Weitkamp, who went missing in Naperville, Illinois.
The lady “told” her that her son was “killed by a violent influence,” and pointed to the Dupage River, which was a mile from where he was last seen. And then she indicated that we should look where the “tree in the sand” is. When the police began to search the place, they found Ronnie’s body on the banks of the river under an old elm tree.
Such amazing stories have maintained the Lady’s fame for decades, and all this time, discussions have not stopped about whether her superpowers are real or is it just skillful manipulation. Some of her tricks really could be arranged with the help of subtle clues, but others did not fit into this version in any way. The lady died on March 19, 1957 at the age of 33, and her secret was never solved either in those years or in our time.