Now for those (few) out there who know me, you’ll know I’ve tried making one of these things work, but with much failure.
About a year ago, I acquired a “telekinetic enhancer” version of a psi wheel in the hopes of being able to figure out either how to fake it or how to make it work as advertized. As a neuteral skeptic (though biased in that I *wanted* to make it spin using mind power) I would consider either result a success.
I placed my pinwheel under a clear plastic cover – in fact, the clear plastic cover from a package of blank CDs.
Try as I might… no success. So I tested faking it. First, I tried a subtle, but definite pushing of the table. It bounced a bit, but no luck getting a spin to happen. Next, I took a rather strong neodymium magnet and attempted to influence it that way. As the only part of the setup that is made of ferrous metal is the center pin, I figured I might be able to wobble it and use that movement to induce a spin. No luck there either.
Now, in the last couple weeks, I moved my office and decided to try the convection idea. I removed the cover for this to help enhance the air flow and LO! a spin began!
Convection for the win! Right? The wheel spun as if pushed by a force eminating from my finger tips – clockwise if I held my left hand near and counter clockwise if I used my right hand.
But in an effort to put off my success in proving Derren Brown’s explanation, I decided to “will” the wheel to reverse direction. If it was convection, it should make no difference.
But it did.
The wheel slowed… stopped, and hesitantly began in the other direction.
One thing I distinctly noticed was that I had to really concentrate to get this to happen right. A little thought of “go the other way” would stop it but if I really concentrated, I could make it go in reverse. It was a VERY strong correlation, though with my limited experimentation, not statistically significant. Three tries. Correlation of a solid 1.0!
I realize that this *could* be my willing my hands to get cooler, but even if this is so, it is still significant in that this would be much more direct control over my body’s autonomic nervous system than I thought I had.
More experimentation is definitely called for. Anyone else have any similar results out there? Please leave a comment.