Feb 27, 2014
This Technique to Bend Spoons was passed down to me from Duke electrical engineering professor Bill Joines. It originated from the PK (psychokinesis) parties of Jack Houck, an aeronautical engineer at Boeing. You too can amaze your friends and family by participating in quarterly Spoon Bending at the Rhine Center as described in the March 2014 Let Magic Happen newsletter or do it yourself at home. The instructions are listed below with the results shown on the 1 minute video.
Excerpt from the Appendix of Let Magic Happen.
The steps are as follows:
1) Collect spoons and forks, preferably the old-fashioned kind made of silver-plated brass. Modern stainless steel will work as well.
2) Create a party context with food and drink. When everyone is feeling good and energetic, ask them to select a few utensils that “feel good” to them from a pile in the middle of the room.
3) Dim the lights, turn the music off, and have everyone sit with their eyes closed to relax. Explain to them what they’re going to do.
4) To begin the process, hold the spoon between your thumb and index finger. Breathe slowly and deeply and go to a preferred place to relax.
5) Imagine a golden ball of energy above your head. This is an infinite supply of energy that you can channel into the spoon.
6) Start to draw this warm flowing stream of energy down through your head and into your arm, then into your hands and fingertips where it gets dammed up waiting for the next step.
7) Count to three, open your eyes, and shout, “Bend! Bend! Bend!” as you release the energy from your fingers into the spoon.
8) Turn the lights up and explain that to get the spoon to bend requires “focused inattention.” That is, allow yourself to be distracted and focus elsewhere around the room.
9) After a few seconds, give the spoon a gentle flex. See if it will bend at the neck with both hands, but use minimal effort.
10) If the metal has become “soft,” it will bend easily without force. The process may continue for up to a minute before the spoon gets hard again.
11) If nothing happens, go through the distraction process again. Let go of your attachment to bending. Let the spoon bend itself.
12) Watch others waving their bent spoons in the air. You can thus get an idea of what is possible. Let go of judgments about your metal-bending skill.
13) Have fun examining the bent spoons and forks and contemplate the implications with regard to anomalous human abilities of self-healing and our belief systems about mind, body and spirit.