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How do you get telekinesis?

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There is no known way to acquire telekinetic ability. Telekinesis is the ability to move objects by mind power alone, and it has never been objectively demonstrated in a laboratory setting.

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Although a popular topic in fiction, there seems to be no scientific basis for telekinesis. Many scientists point out, for example, that moving objects by mental power would violate known and accepted laws of physics, including the Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Law of Conservation of Momentum. While many individuals throughout history have made claims of telekinetic ability that many people have found convincing, no demonstration has ever passed scientific scrutiny, and many purported telekinetics have been exposed as clever magicians or frauds. Most celebrated among these would be Uri Geller, who impressed television audiences with his spoon-bending performances. Those demonstrations, however, were exposed as well-rehearsed sleights-of-hand and were easily replicated by other magicians.

More recently, parapsychologists such as Evan Harris Walker have tried to offer a quantum physics defense of the possibility of telekinesis, but their efforts have been disparaged as "numerology," not science. The magician James Randi has offered a prize of $1 million to anyone able to demonstrate any evidence of paranormal activity in a controlled setting, a prize that has so far gone unclaimed, as of 2015.

  1. Learn to have faith

    How much you believe in your telekinetic ability may directly affect your performance. Taking time to research and practice helps to strengthen your belief and determination.

  2. Develop your focus

    Telekinesis requires high levels of concentration and energy. Get yourself into a relaxed and clear-minded state by doing activities that calm you. If your mind is full of thoughts other than the subject at hand, your performance may be affected. Focus also helps to enhance your brain function as well as channel your energy toward your telekinetic goal.

  3. Exercise your telekinetic ability

    Use your telekinesis by focusing on an object for approximately 10 minutes, or until it feels like a part of you. Next, visualize how you want to change the object, perhaps by bending or moving it. Finally, attempt to achieve your desire with your mind. It is important not to force the idea and to remain relaxed. The time it takes to develop and use telekinesis varies, but you should practice often.

The concept of using the mind to move objects has been around for centuries, but the term telekinesis was first used in 1890, coined by Russian psychic researcher Alexander N. Aksakof. Telekinesis became popular in the late 1800s through the Spiritualism religious movement. During this time, mediums conducting séances to contact the dead would use hidden wires or other tricks to move objects. Once these so-called mediums were exposed, interest in telekinesis faded. Interest was renewed in 1934 when J.B. Rhine, a Duke University parapsychologist and researcher, conducted experiments into extrasensory perception.

Well-known claims of telekinetic ability include Angelique Cottin, a French girl who was alleged to move furniture and scissors with her mind; Italian medium Eusapia Palladino, who was said to move objects during séances; and Polish medium Stanislawa Tomczyk, who claimed to levitate scissors and other objects. All of their supposed abilities were proven false.

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