Master Zhou Ting-Jue appeared on That's Incredible in the early 1980s.

Amongst his claims were that Qi gong allowed him to raise the temperature of a piece of aluminum foil. See this YouTube video.

Does this video demonstrate that Master Zhou can remotely heat a piece of aluminium foil using only chi?

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    You should quote/describe in detail the specific claim/event happening in the video (and ideally provide screencaps).
    – user5341
    Feb 2, 2015 at 16:39
  • I focussed this question right down to one claim. I confess I cherry-picked a claim that is easy to address. Please open another question about other specific claims that Master Zhou makes if you are interested in those too.
    – Oddthinking
    Feb 2, 2015 at 21:02

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(I'm assuming you refer to the scene with the thermograph in the orthopedic surgeon's office.)

The man in the lab coat is Dr. Michael D Roback, the other man is Zhou Ting-Jue.

Colin Wright offers as explanation "a dilute strong base such as sodium hydroxide" in the water, reacting with the aluminium foil to generate the heat. While this is not positive proof that Zhou is a fraud, it shows that there is an alternative explanation that is at least as credible as the one initially claimed. Lacking further information and/or more reliable expert opinions, the video cannot be considered a "demonstration" of remote heating only through Qigong, so the answer is "no".

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    May I ask the reason for the downvote? The question is not about debunking Zhou, but about whether the video shows remote heating. Feb 3, 2015 at 7:47
  • Clarified why Wright's explanation invalidates the claim about the video. Feb 3, 2015 at 17:16

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