Houck, the famous host of PK parties in the US for
over 20 years finally has a website. Visit it -
perhaps it will make my site redundant (after 5 years of
me getting hassled as the only person online promoting the
everyone-can-do-it approach). His site's: jackhouck.com
been following your instructions and it doesn't work. What
am I doing wrong?
answer: How would I know? I'm not psychic! ;^)
answer: My guess is that you've been trying it by yourself,
which is NOT following my instructions. Try it in a
group of 10 people, and the chances are that a few will manage
to get it working. I don't know why it's easier in a group,
but it is.
suggest that if anyone runs professional workshops in your
area, go along to one. It's the best way to 'learn' - that's
how I did. Check out my links for
the only ones I know about, and email me if you know any more
so I can put it on the site.
does it work?
issue is mentioned in detail throughout the site. I DON'T KNOW.
I can guess, but my guess would be no better than anyone else's.
I'm an artist, not a scientist. Lyle
Zapato put it really well - I "remain agnostic as
to the physics" :^)
do you think of Uri Geller's spoonbending?
I'm not very talented at the whole spoonbending thing and even
I can do it a bit most of the time, I can't see why there wouldn't
be people who can do it a hundred times better. There are tens
of thousands of people who have seen Uri
Geller bend spoons etc - so it would have to be a pretty
big (and pointless) conspiracy for them all to be wrong.
I was a kid, there was a media campaign to denounce Uri Geller
as a fraud, and he was so over it all that he disappeared from
the public eye for many years. Obviously, since I can bend
spoons personally, I can't see WHY anyone would fake it when
it's really possible (and not terribly difficult).
I think Uri's 'powers' are probably exactly what they appear
to be. In terms of what he DOES with those 'powers', he's a
showman. My view of that, and of professional skeptics such
as James Randi who
cash in on the other side of the coin (ie, denouncing 'frauds'
like Uri) is basically - well, that's their way to make a living
but it seems like a bit of a dodgy way to make a living to
me as it would surely involve a certain amount of... exaggeration?
Embellishment? Manipulation of context... etc.
what you say is true, why haven't you claimed James Randi's
Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge?
Randi and I are in complete agreement - we don't see forkbending
as "paranormal" - it's perfectly NORMAL. He does
it EXACTLY THE SAME WAY as I've instructed here. He even admitted
this on his website, albeit in his attempts to make me look
like a neurotic freak:
spoons and forks is so easy and simple to do, that I often
wonder why people think it's so difficult and/or controversial.
I teach kids to do it, regularly. Certainly no more psychic
power is needed than is needed to break wine-glasses — which
is also simple and easy, but doesn't seem to be as popular,
for some reason." James Randi http://www.randi.org/jr/113001.html
if you're not going to believe self-proclaimed King Of the
Skeptics James Randi, I don't expect you to believe me. He
can't come up with any scientifically provable physical explanation
either, but apparently that doesn't make it eligible for his
Award. I talked about the whole distasteful James Randi experience
you do this because you want to be famous?
no way! Being recognised IRL (in real life) gives me the horrors.
come from Australia, where if you think you're better than
anyone else you'll get cut down to size pretty quickly. They
call it our Tall Poppy Syndrome, and I quite like that about
my country (although they say it makes us underachieve). Perhaps
my bias against professional Showmen is cultural? *grin*
would have preferred to keep off the site - but then, it doesn't
work that way. People want to see who is behind a site, and
being a cyberlebrity is really the only way to make an engaging & popular
site. I'm always open & honest on my sites, but I don't
feel it's really me on display. Or at least, it's such
a small part of me that it's not significant.
reasonably well known as an author now - my real name's Kat
Black and you can look me up on Amazon with my Golden
Tarot. So being anonymous really isn't a possibility. I
wish it was.
do you run this site?
think I explain that pretty well throughout the site. I think
it's an empowering thing to do, and there wasn't much info
about it on the web. So, I made a site. It was popular, so
I kept going.
fork sculptures are pretty too, and as a web developer it's
nice to have attractive content to work with to showcase one's
ability to build a website - although this 'out there' content
isn't exactly going to get me paid, corporate work! I don't
mention this site to clients generally. So really, it's just
for personal interest. It doesn't make any money. The t-shirt
sales and Amazon commissions don't even cover the site bandwidth.
there anything else you'd like to do with it?
would love to do a book based on this site. I think it would
make a nice coffee-table book, and also it would be easier
to follow step-by-step instructions from a book than a screen.
I may be a geek, but even I admit that books are often a more
appropriate media than websites. So if you happen to know any
New York Literary Agents or Publishers who might consider something
you bend forks with your mind?
I use my hands. I make them go soft enough to bend using some
sort of 'mind' thing - chanelling or whatever you want to call
it, but then I bend them with my HANDS.
long does it take?
might work straight away, it might not work at all - so that's
sort of like asking how long is a piece of string...
long does it go soft for?
just a couple of seconds.
soft does it go?
really varies. Sometimes, it goes just soft enough for you
to bend it using a bit of force (but I'm not talking white-knuckled,
grunting and sweating levels of force). When it's working really
well, though, it can go as soft as plasticene and you can easily
bend it using two fingers. On one occasion, every piece I picked
up went putty-soft immediately, and I could even roll up the
bowls of spoons with no effort at all. Sadly, they don't usually
go that soft - or at least, not for me.
can you be so sure it's not mind over matter, that you just
THINK you're not using a lot of force?
you see someone do it (or do it yourself), that's really obvious.
You don't need any leverage and there's no visible strain in
your hand or arm muscle as you bend. Also, the shapes they
bend into are far more fluid that would be possible with brute
force (if I HAD brute force to use).
they get hot to the touch?
they bend, they don't get any hotter than your hand temperature.
If you bend it very quickly when it's soft, though, the friction
of the actual bend causes heat in the area that bent (not necessarily
where you were holding it).
you straighten them again?
you do the bending quickly, the actual bending (not the 'softening'
process) alters the structure of the metal causing 'metal-stress'
or 'metal-fatigue' - it looks less shiny and smooth.
you bend iron bars / nails / keys etc?
find it enough of a challenge to bend spoons and forks. I'm
not some macho guy, I'm just a girl and I don't feel I need
to push it any further. I can make pretty fork sculptures,
and I'm happy with that. I don't want to be Uri Geller.
don't you video it and put that on the site?
years of requests, now that it's free to serve video online,
we have put up some videos, eg below.
I think it shouldn't convince people any more than static pictures,
as it would be easy enough to fake it. You decide.
do you take the photos on this site?
is my favourite question, especially since it came from someone
who's been to a Jack Houck party, so
I'll give it a page to itself :)
if you've read all of these and have something NOT answered
here (or just want to say Hi) then you can email me.
get a LOT of email and don't have much time to answer it, sorry.