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Is a fistula through a torso possible?

I recently read about the "Huamn Pincushion" Mirin Dajo who used to apparently pierce his own torso on stage. All the reports seem to agree, that this was not fake. X-Ray images and video footage ...
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Is Shaolin monk Hu Qiong using “Chi energy” to withstand an electric drill?

In one of the episodes of Stan Lee's Superhumans (the excerpt in question can be viewed here) a Shaolin monk named Hu Qiong claims that by training his body and "transfering Chi to the right part of ...
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Was Shakuntala Devi able to perform complex computations far faster than the best living human calculators?

I heard about Shakuntala Devi for the first time today, an Indian Savant who allegedly performed such feats as finding the 23rd root of a 201 digit number in 50 seconds, unaided. There seems to be ...
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Do magicians in Egypt turn sticks into snakes?

Rabbi Lawrence Keleman in his book Permission to Receive states that Egyptian magicians today (or when the study it was based on was published in 1960) do a similar stick-snake trick as in the Book of ...
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Do fire-eaters eat fire?

How does fire-eating work? These people should probably suffer great pain and damage from this practice. I think they are using some analgesic and/or have something in their mouth that protect them. ...
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Was Dr. Joseph Bell able to determine the occupation of a stranger by observation?

The Joseph Bell Centre : Bell could tell patients their habits, their occupations, nationality, and often their names, and rarely, if ever, made a mistake. The physician Dr Joseph Bell, ...
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Can Guy Bavli move objects with his mind?

I was watching an episode of History´s channel program Superhumans whichs is hosted by comic artist Stan Lee, so far I´ve seen a few episodes and although I have seen pretty amazing things all of them ...
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Does an Erikson handshake induction induce a cataleptic trance?

One element of misdirection used by magician Derren Brown is to apparently place subjects into a catatonic state with the use of flashing lights or physical manipulation of the hands or arms. For ...
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Do “sword-swallowers” swallow swords?

Sword-swallowers, such as Dan Meyer claim to be putting a real metal sword down their throats. Are they really pushing a piece of metal down their throats, or are they some sort of magic trick with ...
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Can Uri Geller perform remote viewing?

Uri Geller has often performed in front of audiences where he claims he can sense the contents of an envelope without seeing inside (i.e. remote viewing). A number of witness reports are published ...
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Is it possible to do the things Derren Brown does with just psychology or linguistic suggestion?

Edit2: I'm revising the question again. Please note that I am not talking about card tricks like THIS. I'm talking about specific examples below which are at least portrayed as far more complex, ...
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Is stage hypnotism a trick? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are participants in stage hypnosis paid stooges? I ask this after watching a recent Derren Brown (UK stage magician and hypnotist) TV program in which he sets out to ...
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How do Shaolin monks break spears with their neck?

Shaolin monks perform demonstrations of their skills that seem almost superhuman. The one that really has me stumped is breaking a sharpened spear by putting the point in their neck, the other end on ...
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Is it reasonable to assume that volunteers in stage-magic shows are aides?

I think anyone who’s seen a magic show has witnessed conversations between the magician and a supposedly-randomly-chosen audience member that goes something like this: Magician: What’s your name? ...