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PK PARTY FORMAT AND MATERIALS REQUIRED
By: Jack Houck
PK Party Format
The procedure used at my PK Parties during which over 85 percent
of the attendees have learned how to bend metal and plastic is presented
below. This bending occurs with a process called "warm forming,"
which has historically been called bending with psychokinesis (PK).
The format of these parties has changed slightly over the last year
and 3 months. In the beginning I introduced everyone to establish
some common feeling within the group. Then, I led a guided meditation
in an attempt to accomplish two things: (1) to relax everyone from
the tensions of the day. and (2) to allow individuals to become
more perceptive with their psychic senses. Both these initial procedures
have been dropped for the last 5 months with no apparent change
in the overall results.
Now I present an introductory summary on how the PK Parties developed,
how that relates to my conceptual model of psychic phenomena, show
the results of previous PK Parties, and attempt to explain what's
going on inside the metal using electron microscopic pictures which
compare warm formed with control specimens. The purpose of the introduction
is twofold: (1) to give some scientific credibility to the phenomena,
and (2) to allow people to become more relaxed and less anxious
(somewhat equivalent to meditation). Near the end of the initial
talk, people seem to increase their excitement. In this introduction
an explanation is given that there are two major parameters that
we have noted: (1) material which has a large concentration of dislocations,
and (2) material which has a low-heat-transfer coefficient (low
thermal conductivity) is the easiest to warm form.
An explanation is presented on how the mind makes a connection with
the intended area to be bent, somehow "ignites" the dislocations
such that they release thermal energy. This heating occurs along
the grain boundaries of the metal, making it easily deformable,
liquid or even gaseous. The heat is then transferred out through
the metal which can then be sensed by the individual either as stickiness
or warmth. The period of time in which the metal is in this easily
malleable state is between a few seconds and about 30 seconds. The
key is to find that time window when the metal is easily malleable.
This time window can occur anywhere between a few seconds and many
hours or more after the initial bending attempt. The secret to making
the time at which this window occurs to be as close to the immediate
time as possible is the amount of excitement and intent that is
generated at the time of the initial attempt. Most parties have
the majority of the individ-uals bending within 1/2 hour. Sometimes
it has taken 3 or 4 minutes after the instructions for the first
person to begin bending and other times bending starts immediately.
The people are asked to let the whole group know when bending starts
to occur. Once someone begins to bend the object, then people's
belief system seems to change, and most begin to bend their object
Recently, I have been ending my initial talk with a description
of how to use a dowsing rod, and suggesting that everyone check
the silverware to determine if it is "willing to bend"
(i.e., if the subconscious will allow each particular piece of silverware
to bend). Once they have established the "yes" and "no"
directions of the dowsing rod for himself, then he/she makes a request
of the silverware to see if it will bend or not. Additional silverware
is provided for individuals who receive a "no," answer
from the dowsing rod. Then, we have a short break so that everyone
may move around and test the silverware and rods to be bent.
Before giving the instructions on how to bend, all of the people
move their chairs into a big circle. Severin Dahlen has given the
bending instructions at all but three of the PK Parties to date
(total of 16 PK Parties). Typically, Severin or I go through the
instructions once, asking them not to attempt bending so that they
will understand the full set of steps; then we all do the procedure
together. The instructions are as follows:
(1) Hold the piece of silverware between the thumb and forefinger
and rub gently.
(2) Project a point of concentration in your head, almost to the
point of pain.
(3) Then move this point of concentration down through your neck,
shoulder, arm, hand, fingers, and project it into the silverware.
In effect, this process allows the mind to achieve a link from the
brain to some point within the silverware.
(4) Next, verbally command the silverware to bend. In recent parties,
I have been having everyone shout as loud as they can: "BEND,
BEND, BEND!!!" The people are asked not to just shout for the
sake of shouting but to concentrate and intently command the silverware
(5) Then release that thought, sit back, relax, and use the body
sensors (e.g., fingers or a feeling) to find the small time window
when the silverware is ready to bend. Occasionally, push on the
object with the other hand to see if the object gives. Most people
have a hard time releasing the thought, and think that they have
to continue to concentrate on the bending objective. I move around
and try to break everyone's concentration. Sometimes I hold a person's
silverware as if to test how he/she is doing, and then make-up something
as to how well he/she is doing or what he/she should try. Usually,
a person is able to bend the object shortly thereafter.
Typically, during a PK Party, we have one round of stainless steel
silverware bending (forks and spoons). For knives, we ask that each
person just rub the palm of the hand over the blade of the knife,
gently applying pressure. Because I have seen over 85 percent of
the people learn to bend, I have tremendous confidence that this
simple procedure works. That confidence also may have something
to do with the success of the parties. Some people spend too much
time observing others and analyzing what is going on, then they
may not experience the phenomena for themselves. It is only convincing
when one experiences it for himself. Over 50 percent of the people
who learn how to bend objects at PK parties are able to do it by
themselves later. The others seem to need the party environment,
at least to get a second confirma-tion. There appears to be a period
of learning needed for some.
Typically, after an individual does a good job of bending silverware,
maybe two or three pieces, he/she is given one of the test specimen
rods or another test item. Typically, half of the people will move
on from the silverware to the bigger rods. The other half is quite
happy bending silverware. This activity goes on for about an hour.
Recently, the bending activity has been stopped to give each individual
two long-tined forks (which have been straightened to make sure
all of the tines are as one would expect a normal fork to look).
Each person is asked to check how the fork looks before the next
event. Each individual then is asked to hold these two forks, one
in each hand between their thumb and forefinger near the bottom
of the fork handle, and told not to use his other hand to provide
any force on the fork. Then, I stand in the middle of a circle of
people holding two forks in the same manner, and again lead the
shouting chant: BEND, BEND, BEND!!! Then everyone sits around in
the circle quietly looking at his/her or each other's forks. Typically,
within five minutes, some of the forks begin to bend by themselves.
This is convincing, especially to those people who may have thought
they put too much physical force into bending their silverware.
After this event, pictures are taken to record the results of the
bending, and I have kept a record of each individual's results from
all of the PK Parties.
Materials Required for a PK Party
An average of five pieces of stainless steel silverware, mostly
forks and spoons are required per person for the first round of
silverware bending at a PK Party. Knives are interesting because
the blades are sometimes hardened, but they are a little difficult
Once an individual achieves bending of the stainless steel silverware,
they are given a more difficult task. Typically, at least one specimen
per person is required. Some specimens can be metal rods. These
rods can consist of a variety of metals. For example, we use some
steel rods ranging in dia-meter from 1/4 to 1/2 inches. These rods
can be purchased in any hardware store. They are coated during manufacturing
to prevent rusting with zinc. The rods are always cut into lengths
that provide a degree of difficulty slightly greater than someone
could bend physically. For example, the 1/2 inch rods are cut in
half (18 inches long). One-half is kept as a control rod and the
other half is available for bending at the party. Thus, if a rod
is bent in an unusual way, we can take it into the laboratory and
compare it with the other half of the original rod. The 5/16 inch
rods are cut into thirds (1 foot long pieces). The smaller rods
are cut into even shorter pieces for economical reasons. With the
zinc-coated steel rods, any grease or adhesive from the stickers
is cleaned off with gasoline and the zinc surface is shined with
0000 steel wool. People like nice, shiny metal to work on. I have
yet to see some-one bend a rusty nail.
Next the gasoline is washed and rinsed off the metal. A grinder
is used to trim both ends of each rod so that nobody can be cut.
During the earlier PK Parties, a few people were cut and most of
them never bent again. Also, we have used (a) 1/2 inch stiff-copper
tubing, because it seems to get very hot during warm forming; and
(b) 5/16 inch aluminum rods, which can be purchased in hardware
stores in 6 foot lengths and are usually cut into either 1 foot
or 18-inch lengths; and (c) stainless steel rods. We have used a
large variety of metals in an attempt to get a qualitative understanding
of the relative ease of warm forming. If specimens presented to
the people are too far beyond human physical bending capability,
generally no results are obtained. Very brittle-stiff hacksaw blades
are interesting to warm form. Also brittle-clear plastic silverware
are good specimens. Plastic has the advantage that it is cheap.
For the grand finale, I like to give two long-tine forks to each
individual. It is best that these forks be straightened into their
apparent original con-dition prior to the party.
During many of the PK Parties, we have conducted some other experiments
such as attempting to (a) remotely move objects, (b) remotely bend
objects. (c) measure temperature by several methods, and (d) watch
Typically, 20 to 25 people is the best size for a party. When alone
it is difficult to handle more than 20. The most people who Severin
and I have had at any party to date was 30. It seems that the more
people, the better the bending results. So, if there are 25 people
at a party, approximately 100 pieces of silverware are necessary
to last the evening.
The most desirable combination of people at a party is approximately
25 percent children or teenagers, 50 percent open-minded adults,
and 25 percent psychics (people who are knowledgeable about psychic
phenomena). All people, I believe, are capable of performing these
paranormal feats. At many parties there have been some skeptical,
extremely analytical individuals. Most of them have not been successful
at bending because they spend their time analyzing everything that
is going on rather than concentrating on the task of learning for
themselves. Some of these people tend to squelch the effect. When
I notice the squelching effect from one of these individuals, I
try to put two good benders on either side of him. This tends to
nullify his negative effect. Some of these people have even bent
after I reshuffled the people. To maintain the extremely high success
rate (-85%) at PK Parties, we can have only a few of these "evaluator-type"
people per party. I prefer the above personal allocation rather
than a group of half good benders and half scientific evaluators.
This is because when people learn to warm form for the first time,
they usually display intense excitement which, in my opinion, is
more impressive than sitting around and watching an experienced
Typically, I have spent between 20 to 40 dollars in material cost
for each PK Party. Then, I usually spend another 20 dollars in photographic
costs in order to provide the record. I often give a print of each
person to them. These preparations take time.
It is hoped that the understanding developed by orchestrating these
PK Parties will lead to an improved understanding of the human potential
and useful applications of psychic phenomena.