Effect 12 Spoon Bending

A spectator holds a teaspoon between their palms. They rub their hands together and the spoon bends under psychokinetic power. Taking another spoon, you rub it gently with your fingertips until the bowl begins to bend and swing wildly, eventually falling off!

First you need to invest in some easily bendable spoons. As you become more accomplished at spoon bending you can move up to heavier cutlery but for now, just buy some cheap stuff.

Prepare one spoon by gently bending it back and forth, until you can see stress fractures starting to appear (as shown in the picture below). The other spoon is unprepared.

Explain that you are to demonstrate psychokinetic spoon bending and approach your spectator holding one spoon in each hand as shown below. Angle your body so that the unprepared spoon is closest to the spectator and ask them "Which spoon would you like to use?"

Explain that you are to demonstrate psychokinetic spoon bending and approach your spectator holding one spoon in each hand as shown below. Angle your body so that the unprepared spoon is closest to the spectator and ask them "Which spoon would you like to use?"

Your positioning is a psychological suggestion for them to choose the unprepared spoon and they usually will.

Set the prepared spoon down on the table and ask your spectator to hold out their left palm. At the same time, drop your arm so the spoon is by your side. During this action, move your thumb up into the bowl of the spoon and press down, producing a slight bend. This bend remains hidden by your hand.

Place the bent spoon on their outstretched palm and place your other hand over theirs at the same time. Ask them to place their other hand in the same position as your upper hand. Don't remove your hand until their's is in place, covering the bent spoon.

Now ask them to gently rub their hands together (as if rolling a sausage). As they do this, suggest that they will begin to feel the spoon getting warm. They will eventually feel warmth due to friction.

Now suggest that the spoon is probably beginning to bend and they may even feel the bend rubbing against their palm. Again they will feel what you suggest.

Ask them to lift up their right hand and examine the spoon. A bend will be visibly apparent but this can be enforced by holding it alongside the prepared spoon.

Now explain that you'll demonstrate what can be achieved when these psychokinetic powers are focused.

Hold the prepared spoon by the handle and cover the stress fractures with thumb and fingertips. Now begin gently rubbing your thumb and finger tip together.

After a while, state that the metal is getting really warm and starting to bend. Hold the spoon by the handle and bowl and gently bend it up and down. Then rub some more.

Keep doing this until eventually the bowl falls off. You can involve your spectator by asking them to hold the bowl as you tilt the handle up and down.

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