The Tepaphone (Deutsch: Tepaphon) has an interesting place in occult lore. It is supposedly the most powerful magical weapon ever created, a combination of weird science and black magic, capable of killing it’s target at any distance. A Tepaphone is a essentially magical death ray generator.
“A magical vibratory instrument which could emit fatal vibrations across any distance and constituted the deadliest weapon in the arsenal of the lodge. If the picture or mumia of any human being or animal were placed at the focal point of the tepaphone’s vibrations, both the astral and physical bodies of that entity would be affected. Substances of any kind could be destroyed by this instrument from any distance. Furthermore, it served as a wireless transmitter of energy – something modern science could only dream about. Any kind of thought could be transmitted by the tepaphone as well. Finally, the device made it possible to cause nervous diseases and poisonings which puzzled the medical establishment. Typically, a picture or personal object was sufficient to establish contact with the intended victim – and remember, distance was of no consequence. “
The Tepaphone is described as a framework holding multiple optic lenses mounted in front of a light source, and a separate section consisting of a flat holder surrounded by copper wire coils with a copper plate in the center, on which the light was projected. From this simple description, and knowing what kind of technology was available at that time, the Tepaphone was probably a modified “magic lantern“, an early kind of slide projector that was used extensively by Masonic lodges in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The first versions had either a built-in oil or alcohol lamp with wick, or separate lamp was placed inside the box to provide a light source. Later versions used electric lamps, and eventually evolved into the optical slide projectors of the late 20th century.
Raymond Holder, in his book The Anti-Christ Training Manual, describes a method in of building a Tepaphone that he claims is authentic. His description includes using ethyl alcohol as the fuel for the lamp (into which are infused certain appropriate ingredients to make a magical fluid condenser) and covering the copper projection tube with lead.
Searching the Web for “tepaphone” shows that the term has taken on a more generic meaning in later years, so that any device designed to transmit “deadly emanations” to a selected target is called a “tepaphone.”
It would seem though that a Tepaphone is not something easy to make, and/or easy to make work. Otherwise there would be hundreds or thousands of them out there and magical assassination would be commonplace! Obviously, making such a device work, like making any radionics device work, is very dependent on the skill of the operator. And hopefully, anyone with the requisite skill and discipline has better things to do than go about assualting people by remote control.