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Great Prop Bet -- Spoon Bending with the Mind

I recently started a new blog to focus on what I really do for living, building/investing/consulting on web-oriented businesses. The site is at From time-to-time, I will be writing posts on newofferings which have some relevancy to tworags and will cross-post them here. Of course, I'll still continue to write poker-related posts on So without further adieu:

During a family vacation a few weeks ago a good friend was telling me about some of the seminars he has attended. This friend is a successful real estate agent and often attends seminars by people like Tony Robbins, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, etc. He was mentioning that he had walked on hot coals, broke multiple wood boards without any martial arts training and was able to bend a spoon. His spoon exploits piqued my curiosity when he explained that he didn’t simply bend the spoon, he was actually able to corkscrew it — twist it like it was a piece of paper. He explained that his ability had nothing to so with strength, but involved believing it was possible and harnessing the power of the mind. He likened this to the stories we have all read about when mothers are able to lift a car to free their children.

I was skeptical of this and assumed, if he was able to do it at all, that the spoon must have been made of extremely thin metal. My friend is in good shape, but his build is very average and he would never be confused with an NFL linebacker. That night we had the friend and his family over for dinner at the condo we were staying at and after a great meal and a few drinks I brought out a spoon. The spoons at the condo were far from thin. In fact, they were extremely thick and heavy. I could not even budge the metal when I tried to bend it the long-way. My friend had claimed not to only be able to bend it, but to corkscrew it like it was paper! The friend looked it over and appeared to want no part of it. He hadn’t attempted his mind-bending on a spoon this thick and it had been a few years since he had bent any spoon.

There were quite a few of us in the room and he didn’t want to disappoint. He took it in his hands and stared at the spoon for 20 seconds or so and then started to breath really loud. Something was clearly happening, because what transpired next was unlike anything I had ever seen. He began to make grunting sounds and his face locked into an incredibly intense position. Out of the blue, his hands and arms started moving at a furious pace as his breathing and grunting became more pronounced. It was over in just a few seconds.

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As you can see from the picture above, my friend did indeed corkscrew the spoon. For a few minutes after he was done the metal of the spoon was extremely hot. It was difficult to hold and burned to the touch. He explained that he physically changed the properties of the metal, which was how we was able to accomplish the corkscrew effect. For good measure, he repeated the feat two more times that night.

Sounds pretty incredible and I’m sure some of you don’t believe this is possible and I would have been one of you if I hadn’t seen it for myself.

After this experience I have a new appreciation for the power of the mind and what is possible. Here’s an article I found that explains the process in detail. Please let me know if you have ever seen this done or can do it yourself.

Pokerstars Colluders Caught and I was Cheated... Who knew?

I just received an email from Pokerstars to let me know that I was cheated out of money. They told me to login to my account to find out the credit. Of course I was hoping for thousands of dollars, but it turns out that the credit was only for $38. I guess it's better than nothing. Here is the email. Does anyone know more about this?

** FROM POKERSTARS on April 10, 2009


PokerStars has become aware of two players who were working together in our Sit & Go tournaments to the detriment of other players. You were involved in at least one tournament with these players and as a result you may have been adversely affected.

The players' accounts were closed and their funds frozen pending a thorough investigation, which is now complete. Fortunately the problem was identified quickly and they had only played in a few tournaments before the accounts were closed.

In a case such as this it is our policy to confiscate the colluders' winnings or balances and to distribute them to the players affected by their actions in as fair a way as possible. To confirm your credit, log onto your PokerStars account, go to the 'Cashier' screen and click the 'History' button. Your share will be shown "ADMIN CREDIT", followed by the amount of the credit.

I regret that we will be unable to answer questions as to how your specific credit amount was calculated. Likewise, we are not at liberty to identify the specific games or players in question. Suffice to say that they have been barred from the site and you will not encounter them again.

The integrity of the games at PokerStars is of paramount importance to us and we will not abide cheating or collusion in our games. We work hard to police our games and prevent such instances. In the rare cases where collusion has actually occurred, we make sure that any players affected are compensated appropriately.

Thank you for your continued play here on PokerStars. Please do not hesitate to let us know any time we can be of help.

Best Regards,

Dan M
PokerStars Game Security

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