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Charlotte Hannah
October 31, 2012

Increasing My Psychic Powers: An Experiment of Paranormal Proportions


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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that today is Halloween. But did you know that there’s a second holiday that also falls on the spookiest day of the year? Yes, in addition to being All Hallow’s Eve, October 31st is also “Increase Your Psychic Powers Day”. This year, I decided to get into the spirit (get it?) of this lesser-known holiday by spending six days testing and attempting to increase my psychic powers.

While I’m normally a skeptic, I knew in order for this experiment to work, I needed to cast aside my doubts. As Fox Mulder would say, I needed to open myself up to extreme possibilities.

“I want to believe,” I told myself. And so, I began.
 

The setup

 

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My boyfriend, who will henceforth be known by the codename “Rob”, kindly agreed to assist me in my quest to develop psychic powers. Together, we devised a plan of action and a system for testing and tracking my progression from skeptic to psychic.

To measure my clairvoyance, we used a deck of cards. Before the testing began, the cards would be shuffled. Then, I would try to determine the color of the card on top of the deck using only my psychic powers. Rob would record my prediction, then flip the card over and record the actual color of the card. We would do this 25 times and then record the number of accurate predictions versus the total number of cards.

To measure my telepathy and remote viewing abilities, we used a sketchbook. Rob would go into another room and draw a picture of an object, and then write the object’s name below the picture. Afterward, he would concentrate on the picture and try to send me a mental projection of it. Meanwhile, I would write down any words or feelings that I got. Then, we’d compare to see if my impressions matched up with his drawing.

Finally, to measure my psychokinetic powers, we made a psi wheel. Here’s a video of a psi wheel in action:

We placed our psi wheel under an overturned pint glass to ensure I couldn’t cheat, and that the results weren’t skewed by a draft. I decided to put the whole contraption on a shelf next to a Jesus candle, a crystal skull, and an empty bottle of Casillero del Diablo (“The Devil’s Cellar”) wine. I figured a little mysticism couldn’t hurt.

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We also decided that it would be best if Rob acted as a control in the experiments. Each night, we would perform the same tests on him. While I was actively trying to increase my psychic powers, he would make no effort. This way, we could see whether my efforts made me more psychic than him. It was all very scientific. Groundbreaking, even.
 

Experiment journal

 

Day 1 —

 
Preparation:

Today was the control day. While I’ve experimented with recording my dreams in the past and meditate occasionally, I’ve never actively tried to increase my psychic powers. The results from this day should show whether I have any natural psychic ability.

Cards: 12 / 25

Remote viewing: I guessed leafy, green, bubbly, broccoli, tree, balloons, the letter S. It was a light switch.

Psi Wheel: No movement

Rob cards: 13 / 25

Rob remote viewing: He guessed long, round, curves, 3D, everyday, mechanical, orange, the letter P. It was a relatively detailed 3D drawing of a car.

Rob Psi Wheel: No movement.

Final thoughts:

Results are pretty much as expected. The card experiment yielded chance-level results and the other two were mostly unsuccessful. Neither of us are psychic.
 

Day 2 —

 
Preparation:

Most sources suggest meditation helps increase psychic abilities. So, I attempted to meditate when I woke up , but ended up falling back to sleep for ten minutes. I made up for this by trying to clear my mind while in the shower. I also wrote affirmations on Post-It notes, as suggested by this site, and placed them around my house.

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I told Rob not to look at them so that he couldn’t reap the psychic benefits.

Cards: 14 / 25

Remote viewing: I guessed beach, straight lines, the letter T, umbrella. It was a cup.

Psi Wheel: No movement.

Rob cards: 12 / 25

Rob remote viewing: He guessed zoom, view, money, yellow, long, focus, the letter Z. It was an apple.

Rob Psi Wheel: No movement.

Final thoughts:

Success! I am slightly more psychic than I was yesterday. In fact, it’s possible that I’ve stolen some of Rob’s psychic energy.
 

Day 3 —

 
Preparation:

I meditated in the morning and at night. I also attempted to write down my dreams, as recommended here, but all I could remember was something about boxes. I’m sure Freud would have something to say about that, but I don’t know what it says about the state of my psychic powers.

I looked at and reflected upon my Post-Its throughout the day, and added a new one to my desk at work. If any of my coworkers thought I was a normal, sane person before, they certainly don’t now.

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Before I left for work, I tried to use remote viewing to see what my coworkers would be wearing that day. My predictions were wildly incorrect.

Cards: 10 / 25

Remote viewing: I guessed rectangle, glass, mirror, blue. It was a book.

Psi Wheel: No movement.

Rob cards: 12 / 25

Rob remote viewing: He guessed green, flat, round, shiny, length, many, detailed. It was our cat, Loki.

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Rob Psi Wheel: No movement.

Final thoughts:

I was pretty tired when we did these tests. I wonder if my lack of energy had a negative effect on my psychic abilities. Yeah, that’s what I’m going to go with.
 

Day 4 —

 
Preparation:

I meditated in the morning and night again. I also spent a fair amount of time listening to this audio clip:

I noticed that some of my Post-It notes seem to have moved slightly — possibly the result of high levels of psychic energy in my house. I could be imagining things, though.

Cards: 13 / 25

Remote viewing: I guessed yellow, flat, fragrant, organic. It was a computer.

Psi Wheel: No movement.

Rob cards: 13 / 25

Rob remote viewing: He guessed wet, edible, tan, fruit, A. It was my cell phone.

Rob Psi Wheel: No movement.

Final thoughts:

Still no significant change in the results. I feel confident in my psychic abilities, though.
 

Day 5 —

 
Preparation:

Preparation consisted of the usual meditation, affirmations and making (unsuccessful) predictions throughout the day. My Post-Its seem to have moved again. I hope I haven’t awoken any spirits. Are spirits considered “psychic phenomenon”? Maybe I’m getting my paranormal terminology mixed up.

I stumbled upon another website containing tips for increasing my psychic abilities. According to Doreen Virtue, Ph.D on Awakening-Intuition.com, “Scientific studies conducted at leading universities find that people give more accurate psychic readings in distraction-free rooms that are dimly lit and have soft background music. I also find that I give better readings when I’m well rested, am dressed comfortably, and have fragrant flowers such as stargazers or tuber roses in the room.”

So, before beginning the tests, I donned a pair of yoga pants, lit some scented candles, turned the lights off, and queued up some background music. As the soulful sax of Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” drifted through the room, I felt confident and energized and inexplicably road-weary.

Cards: 13 / 25

Remote viewing: I guessed saxophone, dark, heavy, dense. It was a hand.

Psi Wheel: No movement.

Rob cards: 12 / 25

Rob remote viewing: He guessed one, cylinder, red, C. It was an airplane.

Rob Psi Wheel: No movement.

Final thoughts:

I was so sure that listening to Bob Seger would improve my psychic abilities at least a little bit. I guess I should’ve sprung for the tuberoses.
 

Day 6 —

 
Preparation:

I looked into buying a tuberose, but that shit is expensive. I settled on lighting up a bunch of dollar store incense instead.

Shortly thereafter, Rob began complaining of a headache. I too felt pressure in my head, but was convinced that this was my psychic powers finally manifesting.

Cards: 10 / 25

Remote viewing: I guessed pink, blanch (??), glossy, pointed. It was a scribble that looked somewhat like a ball of yarn.

Psi Wheel: No movement.

Rob cards: 10 / 25

Rob Remote viewing: He guessed, “Charlotte, can we open a window? I think I am brain damage.” It was a flower.

Rob Psi Wheel: He said he saw it move, but my guess is that was just his vision blurring from the incense.

Final thoughts:

Burning a heroic amount of incense with the windows closed in your tiny apartment will give you a headache that lasts for days, and will also anger your neighbors. It will not give you psychic powers – which I think, given the name of the scent I chose, is probably false advertising:

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Epilogue

 

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My final score on the cards experiment was 72 / 150. The psi wheel was never successful, and it would be hard to argue that the remote viewing experiment was ever successful.

Rob’s final score on the cards experiment was also 72 / 150. His psi wheel and remote viewing experiments were also unsuccessful. He also admitted to moving my Post-It notes around to “try to convince me I really had psychic powers.” He is the worst lab partner ever.

In summary, it doesn’t seem that I have any psychic powers at all. Would the results have been different had I kept with the experiment for longer than six days? I’m inclined to believe that it wouldn’t have, but others would argue differently.

What about you? Do you believe in psychic phenomenon? Do you believe you possess psychic abilities, and if so, how do you know?