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Psychokinesis sometimes abbreviated PK is the term for the paranormal power of mind over matter. It’s a term coined by publisher Henry Holt to refer to the direct influence of mind on a physical system that cannot be entirely accounted for by the mediation of any known physical energy. (An example is moving objects with your mind). This paranormal phenomena is said to be psychokinetic is part of parapsychology. Most scientists believe that the existence of Psychokinesis has not been demonstrated in convincing fashion.


In 1890 Russian psychical researcher Alexander N. Aksakof coined “Telekinesis.” Originally telekinesis was coined to refer to the movement of objects thought to be caused by ghosts of deceased persons, angels, demons, or other supernatural forces. Popular usage favours the word “telekinesis” to describe the paranormal movement of objects.

In the modern era many different, but related, abilities are attributed to the wider description of Psychokinesis and these, along with telekinesis, are now regarded as the specialties of PK. Psychokinesis is the general term that can be used to describe a variety of complex mental force phenomena such as the movement of objects even if they are tiny.

Famous People Said to Have “Psychokinesis

Uri Geller

He is famous for bending spoons with his mind. He has been caught many times using sleight of hand. Author Terence Hines says that his skills are all trickery.

Matthew Manning

He was the subject of laboratory research in the late 1970s and today he claims he has healing powers.

Eusapia Palladino

She was a famous Italian medium who was allegedly able to move objects during séances. Howard Thurston, a famous magician said he saw her levitate a table.

Notable Witnesses to PK events

  • Author and medical doctor Michael Crichton described what he termed a “successful experience” with psychokinesis at a “spoon bending party.”
  • Author Dean Radin has said that he was able to bend the bowl of a spoon at an informal PK experiment gathering.



There are other examples but they are considered insufficient evidence by scientists and there’s no scientific validity of Psychokinesis.

PK Events

In the 1980s, PK “spoon bending parties” became popular. Critics were excluded and many came to believe that they could in fact bend spoons. They were encouraged to shout at the items of cutlery to create an atmosphere of pandemonium. Scientists call this heighten suggestibility and thus people believed they could bend spoons when in fact they could not.

Scientific View

If paranormal PK did exit it would break the laws of physics such as the inverse square law, the second law of thermodynamics, and the conservation of momentum. Scientist requires a high deal of proof for PK but none has been given. Most of it is claimed by them to be mere trickery such as tricks by a magician. Carl Sagan called it “offerings of pseudoscience and superstition, that’s foolish to accept, without the data to back it up.”


Magicians have successfully simulated some of the specialized abilities of PK such as spoon bending, object movement, teleportation, and levitation. Philosopher Robert Todd Carroll says there are many impressive magic tricks that magicians can use that simulate psychokinetic powers. In a recent study 28% of males and 31% of females believed that some type of psychokinesis power existed in the world. Ina study of 400 magician over 83.5% said these powers didn’t exist while 9% said they did and 7.5% remained undecided.

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