Psi Wheels, Telekinesis, and the Problem with Paranormal Videos

Telekinesis, or psychokinesis, is the alleged ability to move, or otherwise affect, objects without physically interacting with them. And while there’s no hard evidence, many people do believe it’s possible.

One of the ways a person can determine if he or she possesses telekinesis, or so they say, is with a little test involving something called a Psi Wheel.

It’s simple, really: a “wheel” made of folded paper or foil placed upon a toothpick or pin head. Place your hands over it, or cover it with glass, and attempt to spin the paper using only the power of your mind.

Here are a few videos of this “psychic” ability in action:

These telekinesis “tests” have been around for a long, long time. I remember, during my early days on the Internet, people talking about a similar “test” involving a cup dangling a string with a needle tied to it. Or something like that.

But, as these things go, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not.

In fact, that first video was ultimately revealed to be a hoax, and there’s a very lengthy write-up on it over at frogetomori. To quote the creator of the video, Mattman, in his reveal, he wanted to “show that, despite what people may think, these videos are absolutely worthless as ‘evidence’ for the phenomenon known as telekinesis.”

forgetomori took it one step further, stating simply that “there’s no such thing as ‘video proof’ of the paranormal.” We can never simply trust videos or pictures or stories, if what we’re looking for is truth.

However, both Mattman and forgetomori also target skeptics in their analyses, highlighting that, even though the videos may not actually showcase paranormal activity, the claims of skeptics against them can be just as unfounded. As forgetomori says:

“We can speculate as to how the videos were made. It will be, nonetheless, only speculation. They may be informed speculation, but unless we find evidence or the author himself reveals and indicates how he did it, it will be speculation.”

Fair points all around.

Anyway, you don’t have to take anyone’s word for it. The instructions are there, and all you have to do is try it yourself. Do you possess telekinesis?

Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.