The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal

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18
DIY BENDING SPOONS

The time is ripe for you to bend the odd spoon. The trick is done by applying simple physics and nothing more. Performing it well is another issue.

Psychics’ skills, they say, are unreliable and so may not always work. They ask their audience to help. Concentrate, they ask you, and let's see if, together, we can release the powers to mould the metal. Hence blame for failure rests with the audience. Success validates the psychic.

Some long-winded explanation incorporating these ideas should introduce your trickery. Skilled magicians use more sophisticated methods than those described here and can be astoundingly convincing even close up.


Unprepared spoons

The simplest way is just to bend them. You need some way to distract the audience and then swiftly bend the spoon. Here's a few ideas.

If seated, you can use the adjust-your-chair technique. The simple movement of adjusting your chair is one no one notices. Having displayed the unbent spoon, hold the bulb in your palm with the handle horizontal while you talk. Patter on with your explanations about not being sure if it will work and needing to concentrate. During the patter, adjust your chair to get into position to concentrate on the spoon. Keep waffling.

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • 1 - Spontaneous Human Conbustion 1
  • 2 - Walking on Hot Coals 8
  • 3 - Crop Circles 12
  • 4 - The Shround of Turin 20
  • 5 - Psychic Readings 34
  • 6 - Spiritualism 49
  • 7 - Ghosts and Poltergeists 71
  • 8 - Diy Ghost Photos 80
  • 9 - Reincarnation and Past Lives 83
  • 10 - Astrology 102
  • 11 - Numerology 115
  • 12 - Esp—extrasensory Perception 125
  • 13 - Nostradamus 143
  • 14 - The Prophecy That is Kabul Khan 150
  • 15 - Psychic Detectives 154
  • 16 - Diy Telepathy 161
  • 17 - Psychics on Stage 164
  • 18 - Diy Bending Spoons 175
  • 19 - Ufo Emconters of the First Kind—sightings 178
  • 20 - Ufo Encounters of the Second Kind—physical Evidence 198
  • 21 - UFO Encounters of the Third Kind—allen Contact 207
  • 22 - Alien Abductions 217
  • 23 - The Beermuda Triangle 226
  • 24 - Levitation 233
  • 25 - Dowsing and Divining 244
  • 26 - Yeti, Bigfoot and Other Ape-Mem 251
  • 27 - The Loch Mess Monster 256
  • Acknowledgments 261
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