Revealed: Immortals Do Exist
Immortals walk the Earth. Some stay far away from humanity, hiding lest someone discover their secret longevity. Some stride the continents, changing careers, relationships and their identity like others change their clothes. You might meet an immortal today and never suspect a thing…
Statistics reveal that some people live well past 100 years. Although the Guinness Book of World Records lists the Frenchwoman, Madam Jeanne Louise Calment—who died at 122 years and 164 days—as the oldest person who’s ever lived, many people have lived much longer.
Madam Jeanne Calment in 1996
And some may never die.
Some immortals you may know
According to Ryan Macleod Morris, famous Oscar-winning screen actor Nicolas Cage is probably an immortal—or at least an extremely long-lived and very slow aging individual. A photo, he writes, discovered in the archives of the New York Daily News was taken of a Confederate prisoner at a Union camp in Ohio. The 147-year-old photo is Nicolas Cage. There’s little doubt of it. Compare the two for yourself.
Screen actor Nicolas Cage: 1990s Confederate prisoner: circa 1860s
More curious, Cage has not denied it.
A “Jack Mord” posted the photo on eBay and asked $1,000,000 for it. Mord wrote on eBay:
“Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead vampire, et cetera, who quickens/reinvents himself once every 75 years or so. 150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult or a talk show host.
“My theory is that he allows himself to age to a certain point, maybe 70, 80 or so, then the actor ‘Nicolas Cage’ will ‘die’…but in reality, the undead vampire ‘Nicolas Cage’ will have rejuvenated himself and appeared in some other part of the world, young again, and ready to start all over.”
Is Cage a vampire? Unlikely. But the condition of vampirism is not needed to be a true immortal.
The amazing Comte de Saint-Germain
Voltaire called the Comte de Saint-Germain, “A man who knows everything and who never dies.”
And the Count may well be that.
The Count of Saint-Germain, often called, “the man who does not die,” was also a man whose birthplace remains unknown.
A celebrity in many European countries, he seemed to possess great wealth, but no one knew the source of his income.
Whatever the true source of his wealth, there’s little doubt he was a man of means. His travels took him from the royal palaces of Russia to the fairytale castles of Western Europe. There, he often became involved in political intrigues.
He was a man much talked about, admired and envied. It was said that he never slept, rarely ate, and never aged.
Very much a man of mystery, what is known about him is incredible: according to documented, written historical records, the Count rode with the Ninth Crusade in 1271 and later interacted with many of the royal houses of Europe from 1651 to 1896—a total time span of 625 years.
His death was reported several times by several heads of state, yet he always appeared agin sometime later. A young Countess who met him in her twenties at a party happened to meet him again almost 50 years later and expressed astonishment that he hadn’t aged at all. The Count smiled, bowed, but gave no reply.
For some, life’s hourglass may never run out of sand
Did the Count finally perish? Did the man whose life allegedly spanned centuries succumb to death in the end?
Perhaps not. Evidence exists that the Count continued onwards, left Europe and settled in America during the early 1900s.
Comte de Saint-Germain | Richard Chanfray
The Count may have eventually become European entertainer Richard Chanfray whom Morris claims was indeed the Comte de Saint-Germain.
Morris explains: “As you may know, I’m a long standing advocate of the Richard Chanfray/ Comte de Saint-Germain immortality case (he reportedly drank the elixer of immortality in France in the 1740’s and faked his suicide in San Tropez in the early 1980’s), so this is a breath of fresh air as well as a fascinating case.”
Li Ching Yun: Records reveal he lived 256 years
Others with incredible longevity
According to researcher Ben Abba, others have been documented to have had unusually long lifespans—of course no where near the possibly ongoing lifespans of Nicolas Cage or the Comte de Saint-Germain.
Abba begins his introduction to an article about immortality by stating: “This article describes the oldest known people of record starting with Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years, G. Stanley who survived 151 years, Thomas Parr who lived to 152 years, Zaro Aga who reached the age of 157 years, Robert Lynch who lived 160 years, Jonas Warren lived to 167 years, William Edwards and Shirali Mislimov who lived to 168 years, Henry Jenkins and Javier Pereira who are known to have reached 169 years, John Rovin who survived 172 years, Petratsh Zartan who saw 187 years, and the grandaddy of them all, Li Ching Yun, who is on record to have lived 256 years.”
True immortals never die. But those who age so slowly no sign of aging is visible over centuries are probably the next best thing to being immortal.
Although you may be tempted to dismiss immortality as nothing but a fantasy, don’t be surprised if someday you’re sitting in a coffee shop and a stranger sits down next to you and strikes up a fascinating conversation. When you notice the stranger’s eyes, you may see wisdom and ageless knowledge there: eyes that are much older than their owner’s face—and a face that does not reflect the ravages of time, looking no older than 40 or 45 years old.
If you introduce yourself to this worldly stranger, he might take your hand in his warm grasp, smile charmingly and say, “Pleased to meet you, I’m Saint-Germain.”