Natasha Demkina, the Russian Girl with X-ray Eyes: Fact Check


CSICOP Analysis on ‘Girl with X-Ray Eyes’

The investigative team of CSICOP confirmed that Natasha does not have special powers to see through human bodies. They acknowledged the intelligence of the medical student, well-versed with medical terms, observing peoples’ behavior closely. This enables her to relate her observations and guess the medical issues which turn true in few cases. Notably, the test results show Natasha has one-in-fifty odds of diagnosing a person correctly.

An expert reveals her famous picture of diagnosing sarcoidosis granuloma to be a drawing by a 4-6-year-old kid who tries to show a human-like head with four appendages (arms and legs).

Criticism about CSICOP Investigation

Brian Josephson, a Nobel Prize-winning Physicist and the Director of University of Cambridge’s Mind-Matter Unification project, has criticized the evaluation process of CSICOP and CSMMH. He felt the test to be a plot to discredit the teenage psychic. He insists her test score 4 out of 7 is a statistically significant result that should have been deemed ‘inconclusive’.

However, the testing team of CSICOP supports their higher benchmark used in test explaining that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. As Natasha claims she can see through the human bodies, she should have diagnosed all the medical conditions correctly.

Natasha’s ‘special power’ proved to be lucrative for her family. For instance, the young psychic reportedly had charged about $13 for single diagnosis and provided around ten such diagnoses every weekday night. This resulted in monthly income of $2,600 – forty times more than the average monthly income of a government worker in Saransk. Consequently, Natasha started working for the Center of Special Diagnostics of the Natalya Demkina (TSSD) from January 2006. The organization works in cooperation with “experts having unusual abilities, folk healers, and professionals of traditional medicine“.


Considering the available information, tests, and her actual claims, Natasha Demkina’s special powers might not provide an accurate medical diagnosis.

Hoax or Fact:

Possibly Hoax.


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Prashanth Damarla