While many people have claimed the paranormal or psychokinetic capacity to bend spoons or manipulate other objects, spoon bending by psychic powers has yet to be established to the scientific community's satisfaction. However, there are experiments that could provide evidence for this ability if it exists.
The first documented case of someone who was able to bend spoons with their mind occurred in 1933 when Mrs. W.E. Hill reported that her daughter Fay had just bent three spoons simultaneously with one of her thoughts. Mrs. Hill wrote about the incident in the local newspaper and also sent photographs of the bent spoons to show that they had actually changed shape under the power of Fay's mind.
Since then, other people have claimed to be able to bend spoons using their minds without ever having been trained in mental abilities such as telepathy or precognition. Thus, although these reports seem convincing at first glance, they cannot be verified by any scientific method.
However, it is possible to conduct experiments to see if people can bend spoons with their minds. In 1969, two scientists named J.B. Rhine and E.C. Kruse conducted an experiment to test if this ability could be learned by training individuals to think of bending spoons and then watching them try to do so.
Spoon bending is the apparent distortion of things, particularly metal cutlery, ostensibly by paranormal causes. Another approach use a metal spoon that has been weakened by repeatedly bending the spoon back and forth. When you apply mild pressure on it, it will bend or shatter.
The first thing to understand about spoon bending is that while it may seem like something mysterious and inexplicable happens when you put a spoon in water, it's not. When you dip a clean spoon into water, it absorbs some of the moisture from the water. As this absorption takes place, the moisture inside the spoon head is replaced with water vapor, which is what makes the spoon feel wet when it comes out of the water. This process of absorption and evaporation also explains why dried spoons are more likely to bend than fresh ones - they have less moisture content to lose when they go into water.
So, what actually bends spoons? There are two main types of bending: thermal bending and hydrophobic (water-resistant) coating bending.
In thermal bending, the spoon is heated until it becomes soft, then cooled in water. The heat affects the structure of the material, causing it to bend when it is cold. Heated spoons used for cooking should never be allowed back into water because the temperature of the water would continue to rise, causing further structural damage to the spoon.
Because of how the human eye interprets rocking motion, just holding a spoon by its neck and swiftly tilting it back and forth can give the impression that the spoon is bending. It's called "spoonbending" and was used by medieval magicians to deceive people.
Spoonbending is done by holding the spoon sideways at arm's length from your body and moving it in front of you in a sawing motion. This apparently bends the spoon because of the way our eyes work. If you look at something straight-on, it appears to be flat. But if you view it from the side, it looks like a curve is being cut into it. Because spoons have two sides, they seem to bend as you move them back and forth.
This trick works because of perspective. Our brain uses information it gets from all our senses to build a picture of what's going on around us. When we look at an object with interest, we focus on it more closely. This makes it appear bigger than it actually is. Next time you're at a restaurant and someone asks you to pass the salt, watch how they do it. They don't just reach for the salt shaker, they also use their sense of touch to feel the bowl the salt is stored in. Only then does their brain tell them where to find the shaker.
The spoon has the ability to be bent. It is a physical modification since it has no effect on the makeup or qualities of the particles that comprise the spoon. 2. The spoon may be chilled or heated to a certain temperature. It would suffer no other effects from being cooled down.
3. If the spoon was exposed to an electric current, it would be electrocuted.
4. The spoon could be thrown at high speed towards a surface. It might stick due to air resistance but it wouldn't break.
5. The spoon could be pushed into hot liquid if there were no other options available.
6. The spoon could be used as a hammer by one skilled in combat.
7. Or, it could be used as a fork by someone who enjoys eating soup with their spoons.
Magic on the stage Because of how the human eye interprets rocking motion, just holding a spoon by its neck and swiftly tilting it back and forth can give the impression that the spoon is bending. When a spoon is bent or broken, it is generally at the spot where the object is easiest to bend by hand. This is called its "elastic limit." If you push it further, it will break.
The secret is simple: simply tap the side of the bowl with your fingernail. It may sound like a trivial thing to do, but it's not. The vibration from your finger will travel through the metal into any remaining liquid in the bottom of the bowl, causing it to rock back and forth like a living creature.
Spoon bending has been used for entertainment purposes since at least the 16th century. In Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, one of the characters describes a sword as being "as easy to bend as a spoon" (or a straw). Although there are no records of anyone actually doing this with a real spoon, it isn't hard to imagine how it might be done given enough time and effort.
In more recent years, the art has been revived by performers including Harry Houdini and David Blaine. Houdini even made an entire act out of it!