Do You Have a Psychic Super Power?

Introduction: Do You Have a Psychic Super Power?

Some people have a Psychic Super Power which allows them to interfere with TV transmissions. Read on for more . . .

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Step 1: Do You Have the Psychic Power?

Remember Uri Geller and his spoon-bending? He's not the only one with Special Powers. It is a little known fact that a small percentage of the population have an ability to interfere with TV reception on the old type CRT televisions. (It will not work with flat panel LCD or plasma screens.)

To see if you are one of the few, concentrate very hard on the TV picture and think of making it jitter. At the same time, you should hum a low note which will aid the concentration. Vary the tone of the hum, and at some point you may see the screen begin to wobble as your psychic energy synchronises with the TV signal.

Step 2: Using the Power.

If you are one of the lucky few who have the special ability, practice using it for a while, and discreetly get someone to observe the effect (without revealing you have this Tremendous Power).

Frustrate your friends (as long as they have the right type of TV) by making their telly jitter for a while, then stopping when they get up to try and fix it. As with all Super Powers, you should use this one wisely and in moderation.

Only read on once you have become a True Master Of The Power.

Step 3: Denouement.

Have you demonstrated your new-found ability to your friends and family? Do they now think of you in a different way? Do they look at you with awe and admiration, or just a bit strangely?

Forget the "psychic powers". The trick is in the humming, and as you may have guessed, only you can see the effect.

An old CRT type TV set has a dot which sweeps lines across the screen, working its way down to the bottom. This happens 50 times a second for UK sets, 60 times a second for US ones. This is called the 'refresh rate'. The humming causes your head to vibrate and your eyes to wobble ever so slightly. When you get near the refresh rate of the TV (50 or 60 Hz) what is called a 'beat frequency' is set up, which is the difference between the pitch of your humming and the refresh rate of the TV. If you are humming at 65Hz (in the US), the picture will appear to move at a rate of 5 times a second.

The real trick with this is to tell a friend about the Super Power. Go along with it a bit, Tell him you can see a bit of movement and suggest he hums louder, until you have him humming like a maniac.

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    13 Discussions

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    FireTech93
    FireTech93

    11 years ago on Introduction

    it'd be funny for all the people watching you sitting there humming at the tv then nothing happening lol

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    Zacharary
    Zacharary

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Deja vu is not a form of being psychic. it is when your left hemisphere and your right hemisphere in your brain fail to coincide on data transfered across the corpus callosum and you register it a split second before the other hemisphere does giving you that "I was here" feeling.

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    Aburame Shino
    Aburame Shino

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Aren't we the brain nurd? Kidding. :P

    Nice Instructable! >:] Can't wait to drivemy dadCRAZY.

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    MD_Willington
    MD_Willington

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I can't change the channel with my mind but I experience deja vu a lot.. more so with people who are near death... yes it sounds weird and disturbing but it is true and weird...

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    Goodhart
    Goodhart

    12 years ago on Introduction

    This works with old CRT computer monitors too while "eating" (especially hard pretzels) :-)

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    Obsessive
    Obsessive

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Thats hilarious! My friends are in the other room humming at the plasma screen! ; )

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    AndyGadget
    AndyGadget

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    But it doesn't work with a plasma screen! (You don't need to tell them that, though.) Get the frequency right and it can be really effective with a CRT screen. It helps to have your teeth together, too. I should really have posted this five years ago when there were fewer plasma / LCD screens around.

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    Transquesta
    Transquesta

    12 years ago on Introduction

    ROFLMAO! I can just "envision" a hundred thousand people all over the planet staring at their TV's till their eyeballs bug out--all the while humming like a bad toaster! THIS is funny!