are two boundless things: the universe and human
stupidity; although I am not too sure about this
statement applied to the universe.” Einstein.
“We believe that most people should acquire
a scientific culture because it is as crucial today
as the word or writing was in the past.” Charpak
Charpak, Nobel Prize winner in Physics, 1992,
who works at the CERN and Broch, Physics Professor
at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, (www.unice.fr/zetetique),
debunk the hidden tricks of swindlers and cheaters
by exposing them throughout this book with scientific
accuracy and humour.
How is it possible that a great number
of people in the 21st century, some university
graduates, and even professors, still
believe in gurus, healers, astrologists,
seers, people with paranormal powers,
UFO sighters and the likes? (68% of the
University of Nice students think that
bending spoons with mind power is scientifically
proven and only 18% think that about the
relativity time dilation.)
This book teaches us how to impress our
friends by showing off our telepathic
powers, the reason behind precognitions;
how to bend metals, make light bulbs burn
out from a distance, stop our heartbeat
at a party or to forecast more than 100
earthquakes a year without error.
Let’s have a look at some instances:
How to have light bulbs
burn out in thousands of homes on TV.
On a TV programme, a medium says that he will
try to make the bulbs burn out in the homes of
viewers through the power of his mind. After a
while of intense concentration, a huge number
of calls confirms that.
True powers? No, Mathematics. Let us say there
are a million viewers during the hour that the
programme lasts, (the result can be improved by
asking the viewers to turn on the lights), and
let us consider the fact that a bulb lasts an
average of one thousand hours, (the chance of
burning out is increased when they are being turned
on). That leads us to conclude that at least 2000
bulbs will have burn out by the end of the programme.
Only those affected would have called up; pure
Stop your heartbeat to
impress your friends.
Telepathy; it is easy.
Set the scenery, (“While I was travelling
in Tibet …).
Warn them about the danger, (“I will only
do it once”).
Above all, do not let them see the rubber ball
hidden in you armpit.
People identify pulse with heartbeat, so that
if you stop your pulse by pressing the ball, you
will have managed to make them believe it.
Fake fainting to increase the illusion…and
do not laugh!
forget about the scenery … your trips
in India, etc.
Mention that “I have only succeeded
with a friend, (let’s say Ortiz),
and not always.” Let them beg you
to do it, say it is a great effort…
and finally yield.
Ask for a deck of cards. Never touch it,
though. Somebody will extract a card and
show it to you. Check your telephone book
for your friend Ortiz’s telephone
for anybody to go to dial and talk to your
friend, (even if it is in a different room),
and ask him which card you “see”
at that moment. Your friend will guess it
after some apparent strain.
Telepathy? No, a good address and telephone
book, (or a good memory). You may have a
table in your little book which has a card
for each name. For example,
||Ace of spades
||Ace of clubs
||Two of hearts
||Queen of clubs
||Three of diamonds
||Jack of spades
Also for different types of cards.
As you write the telephone number of your friend,
(we have called him Ortiz), write first the
name of the card; for example, if it was the
3 of diamonds, write David Ortiz. If David Ortiz
hears only “Mr Ortiz?” Mr Ortiz
should then ask which of his brothers he is
asking for, since “I have several brothers.”
Were you ever amazed by an apparently inexplicable
phenomenon, you should not hesitate, it is a
trick. Otherwise, somebody would have been a
millionaire by now, as Mr Randi (www.randi.org)
has been offering a million dollars to anybody
who could demonstrate paranormal powers, (one
or other radiestesist has already tried) ;-)
Translated by Alberto González Iglesias
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