How To Telekinesis – A Complete Guide (With Tricks)

I have been blowing minds with Telekinesis for over 20 years as a full time magician. It is not as hard as you think, here is how to telekinesis:

Telekinesis is moving an object with your mind. Using mental power you focus your thoughts and energy on a small object and it moves without physical touch. There is no evidence showing that real telekinesis exists. It is generally done by magicians, mentalists, and mind readers.

To find out everything about telekinesis and learn 3 incredible telekinesis tricks to blow minds with, keep reading!

Is Telekinesis Real?

Telekinesis is not real. It has never been scientifically proven. What this means is nobody has ever been seen doing real telekinesis without some sort of trick being involved. I am most convinced telekinesis is not real for 2 main reasons-

  1. The James Randi Educational Foundation has offered a 1M prize to anyone who can show any real displays of telekinesis. This offer has been on the table for over 40 years and so far nobody has collected. If someone actually had telekinetic abilities wouldn’t they take the million dollars? I would.
  2. As a professional magician I perform many astounding feats of telekinesis- objects levitating, balancing, and falling on their own. These are amazing magic tricks that I am very proud of, tricks I have created and perfected over a long period of time. These feats of telekinesis look very real, yet I can tell you first hand they are not real telekinesis.

IF YOU BELIVE IN TELEKINESIS, PLEASE RAISE MY HAND

There are no proven cases of real telekinesis, only incredible stories and tons of eye popping telekinesis magic tricks. Which brings me to the most amazing thing I have learned. Even though not a single act of real telekinesis has ever been demonstrated, 25% of all people still believe it exists. Newsweek has a very interesting article which dives deep into the “why” behind this.

Telekinesis vs. Psychokinesis

Telekinesis is different than psychokinesis, though some “experts” say they are the same. I had to dig a little to find out the specifics. Telekinesis is moving an object while psychokinesis is affecting the outcome of an object. Telekinesis is when you levitate casino dice. Psychokinesis is when you cause the dice to land on 7s every time.

Telekinesis Proof

What about the telekinesis proof as seen on websites and videos on YouTube, where people teach telekinesis?

How this works is pretty simple. They choose extremely light objects, something that would move from the smallest amount of air. For example a dollar bill balanced on its edge, a plastic ball in water, or a piece of paper balanced on a needle (the Psi Wheel).

The “telekineticist” concentrates, and without doing anything, the object eventually moves. They claims it’s their mind power. Truth is, it is due to gravity or normal air currents.

I will teach you below, step by step, 3 easy to do telekinesis tricks that are guaranteed to amaze. People will think you have telekinesis.

Can Humans Do Telekinesis?

Humans cannot do telekinesis. Many of us picture Jean Grey (X-Men character from Marvel Comics) when she lifts cars up off the street with her mind. It would be a great power to have, and many movies and stories have been written where characters have these powers.

JeanGrey

I did some research and found websites where people discuss developing your telekinetic abilities through meditation, focus, and repetition. This is complete nonsense. Believing in, focusing on, concentrating, and directing your energy toward an object is not going to levitate or move it, no matter how long or hard you try. Telekinesis is not real.

People With Telekinesis

Uri Geller, the Israeli psychic, is the world’s most famous telekineticist. Geller caused a powerful wave of enthusiasm and interest in telekinesis that inspired the world during the 1970s when he bent spoons and keys. Geller claimed his powers were real. Researchers and skeptics since then have tried to prove and disprove his ability. Geller, now in his 70s, admits he is an “entertainer”.

UriGeller

Nina Kulagina, a Soviet housewife known for her telekinetic ability to move light objects, was studied by 40 Soviet Scientists for 20 years. Many argued that the experiments weren’t conducted under proper conditions and Nina used hidden magnets or wires to move objects. She was caught cheating on more than one occasion and the Moscow Newspaper “Pravda” called her a fake and a fraud. Magicians describe her methods as “mundane.”  

Nina levitating
Nina Kulagina Levitating a Ball

How Do You Use Telekinesis?

Telekinesis is best used for entertainment purposes by magicians, mentalists, mind readers, and anyone who wants to amaze with a mind blowing magic trick.

Telekinesis Magic Tricks

I am going to teach you 3 telekinesis magic tricks that are absolutely amazing and fun to do. They are pretty easy and should take only 5-10 minutes of practice. Follow the steps below and you will amaze people. I have performed these tricks many times and promise if done correctly your audience will believe you have telekinesis.

Click YouTube Video above to see me perform these tricks

TELEKINETIC STRAW

NEED: Straw & Bottle

You can use any bottle. I prefer the type with a cap that isn’t completely flat, like the one seen in the picture. Since the straw isn’t fully balanced it will move more, as seen in the YouTube video.

Rip off an inch or two on one end of the straw wrapper. Grip the wrapper at the rip and slide it all the way down and off the straw. This will charge the straw with static electricity.

Bottle pic

Balance the straw on top of the cap. Bring your fingers close to the charged end of the straw. Static electricity will cause the straw to move toward your fingers. It is pretty cool to play with. To make this trick look good, like real telekinesis, hold your fingers above and your thumb near the end of the straw.

Strawposed

Your thumb will attract and move the straw. Wiggle your 1st finger at the same time so it looks like you are moving the straw from above. Slowly bring your thumb close to the charged end. When the straw moves gently move your thumb up and away. The straw will spin on the cap. When it slows down bring your hand close to the straw again to give it more momentum.

Once you take the straw off the bottle and put it down it will lose its charge and your spectator can try.

PERFORMANCE TIPS

Do it one or two times max.

Don’t call attention to the straw when you remove the wrapper. You don’t need to squeeze that hard, a little charge goes a long way.

Be gentle when balancing the straw so it doesn’t fall. Play with it a bunch of times so you can balance it consistently.

If the straw falls while balancing it might lose its charge. You can try picking it up and proceeding. If it did lose its charge move on to another trick. After that open another straw and retry.

A straw is very light and doesn’t need that much charge. If you find the straw is clinging to you like a magnet, charge it less.

NO WRAPPER: Another way to static charge the straw is to wrap your shirt around it and rub a few times (see below). Best time to do this is before the trick starts, when nobody is looking. Turn away and charge it quickly. Takes 2 seconds.

TELEKINETIC PEN

NEED: PEN & BOTTLE

You can use any bottle. I prefer the type with a cap that isn’t completely flat, like the one seen in the picture. Since the pen isn’t fully balanced it will move more, as seen in the YouTube video.

A basic round pen is best, Bic works well. The trick is the same as the telekinetic straw. You will need to static charge the pen. Wrap your shirt around the pen and rub it a few times. Best time to do this is before the trick starts, when nobody is looking. Turn away and charge it quickly. Takes 2 seconds.

Pen charging
Pen Charging

Balance the pen on top of the cap. Hold your fingers above and your thumb near the end of the pen. Your thumb will attract and move the pen. Wiggle your 1st finger at the same time so it looks like you are moving the pen from above. Slowly bring your thumb near the charged end. When the pen moves gently move your thumb up and away. The pen will spin. When it slows down bring your hand close to the pen to give it more momentum.

Hand pose

Once you take the pen off the bottle and put it down it will lose its charge and your spectator may try.

If the pen falls while balancing it might lose its charge. You can try picking it up and proceeding. If it did lose its charge move on to another trick. Recharge the pen at the right moment.

PRO TIP: Practice balancing the pen a few times before you do the trick so you know the right spot. You don’t want to drop the charged pen in the middle of performance.

Telekinetic Post-It Note

NEED: POST-IT NOTE

This is an amazing trick you are going to love. It is so cool. It will seem as if you just point your finger at the paper and it falls over. Take any post it note or small piece of paper. Fold it slightly so it can balance on it’s edge. Place it on the table in front of you. Rub your hands together in front of your body as if getting energy.

Hands

Move your hand forward and point at the paper. Bring your finger to about an inch away. Nothing will happen. Do this 2 more times. On the 3rd time briskly move your flat hand toward the paper and point your finger. Your quick movement will create an air current which is slightly behind your hand. A split second later the air will catch up and knock over the paper.

Finger

Since the air current comes after your finger is already extended, it looks like the energy in your finger knocked over the paper.

They might accuse you of blowing on it, which is another great method to consider for certain circumstances. Hmmmmmm.

PRO TIP: Keep your movement to a minimum. You don’t need a huge movement to create the air current.

How To Practice Telekinesis?

  • Learn one telekinesis trick
  • Practice until you can do the trick smoothly
  • Do it a few times for friends or family members
  • Consider how your performances went
  • Practice if necessary
  • Do it for more people
  • Repeat

Learning a telekinesis trick takes practice. Spend some time going through each trick and getting comfortable before performing it. Good luck!

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Matt

Hi, I'm Matt Furman. I have been a full time professional magician for over 20 years, ever since I left medical school to pursue my passion of magic tricks. I have a ton of real world experience and I am constantly practicing and performing new mind blowing magic.