As of 2014, there is no verifiable proof of actual telekinetic ability. Telekinesis, also known as psychokinesis, is the ability to move objects mentally, using the mind rather than physical effort. However, suggestions in performing telekinesis do exist and include concentrating on an object and its energy and mentally seeing the object and its energy in a new location.Continue Reading
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.Learn more about Paranormal