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Date: 02/07/07 02:20 AM

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    buddy Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2007 at 1:51 am
    Link: Candle Power - With two candles, two nails, and a small magnet you can power a light bulb.
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    neoretro Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:30 am
    nifty
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    wslonger Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:30 am
    ???? Scratches head ????? Cannot explain that one. Anybody?
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    Cwruidth Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:30 am
    This is shopped. i can tell, having seen a number of shopps in my time.
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    neoretro Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:33 am
    exactly. you can tell by the pixels
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    speedsta Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:37 am
    hmm you don`t see the all of the wire.. it probaly goes off to a batery .. like how the hell would that work?
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    shazbutt Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:38 am
    At first I thought there was some sort of secondary power supply since the wires were hanging off the table. After he adjusts them the motor is still turning. WTF?
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    wslonger Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:47 am
    Nevermind searched google found alot of explinations that explain it
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    P-Chanmisao Female 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:48 am
    "Make sure it does not come out of the other side."
    I think I`d notice when I pierced my hand with the nail.
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    Spriggan666 Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:51 am
    does this guy not have any sense of urgency?
    *sigh* *grab lighter* *take breath* *light lighter* *light candle* *unlight lighter* *sigh again* *switch hands* *take breath* *light lighter* *breathe again* *light candle*
    i`m sorry, i`m usually very patient...but damn!

    and am i the only one that finds this kinda redundant? let`s light two candles...to light a lightbulb!

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    neoretro Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:54 am
    haha..you read my mind spriggan
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    jebler Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 3:32 am
    lol spriggan i wanted to say that.
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    Tricky01 Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 3:49 am
    There`s no way rubbing 2 nails with a magnet can provide enough current + voltage to power a light-bulb. Lighting the candles would do nothing to help (even though a temperature gradient across a metal can in fact produce some sort of current, there`s no way the heat can transfer from the top of the candle wax to the nail in 0.5seconds and you`d need connections to each end of the same nail).

    Still, very inventive O.o :P

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    DeadlyLegion Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 3:55 am
    Interesting, as a Magician I can see many flaws in the movie that could prove it fake, ie. The wires are hanging off the table when he does the lightbulb trick ie.2 "Hearing is believing" lol I think that that motor sound just has been added as foley, and you >think< that it`s spinning, while it infact is just standing still, but the video quality is too poor to show it spin :p .
    Also I find it quite interesting how he rubs the magnet against the two nails, you`d have to only rub the magnet one way and the other way on the other nail, but he kinda just messes up the poles in the metal... Anyone can prove it`s not fake??
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    lemurarmy Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:14 am
    i have a way to prove its fake, try it :P its not like the materials are two candles, a nail and uranium.......you probably have the mats lying around your house
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    FLB Female 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:19 am
    that was impressive.
    maybe this can actually be done.
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    bumblecock Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:28 am
    This is real, I`m a scientist and do this stuff all day.
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    Kyur Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:43 am
    Saying this is real...

    I know the next fad at all the lan parties. Computers powered by 600 condles, nails, fire and wires.

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    Kyur Male 18-29
    896 posts
    February 7, 2007 at 4:45 am
    Also wouldn`t it be cheaper to just buy batteries then 2 candles? I mean what you get 6 batteries for like 4 dollars? I buy batteries in bulk from cosco once a year (about 60 AA batteries) so I dont know the actual price of them.
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    JaLacaob Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:54 am
    Spriggan...

    Yes.. that drove me nuts. Not only did it take too long.. but... ...why... was this guy wheezing? Why doesn`t he show us his face? He`s ... creepy. I didn`t like that at all. I was focusing more on that than anything else.

    ...so ...has anyone other than Scientist Bumblecock done it? I don`t feel like trying. :P I`ll google, perhaps.

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    Jagjamin Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 5:50 am
    Anyone care to explain how it works?
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    manorrd Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2007 at 6:00 am
    ^^I can`t explain that, but my candle battery has been the emergency backup power generator at my banking institution`s data center for years now, and we`ve never lost on single transaction.

    I also use one to power my electric Cesna.

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    shiggiddy Male 13-17
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    February 7, 2007 at 6:02 am
    my only explanation would be that theres something else hidden inside the candles thats touching the nails.. they are pretty fat candles. and he never does show the bottom of the candles
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    JaLacaob Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 6:05 am
    Note: http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-...

    I have been googling for some time and find no other easy-find `experiments` involving this. Nor a basic explanation... something like this would be FAR easier to locate.

    Answer? Fake. ((If you can prove me wrong outside of me having to actually do this? Please do!!))

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    Scotchy Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 6:14 am
    Ill test it and get back to you, Ill probably get the mats tomorrow and redo the experiment myself.
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    hhuffadine Female 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 6:22 am
    it doesn`t work i tried it! rubbish!
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    1800reverse Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 6:26 am
    This can`t be real and i spotted something, notice how he take a real long time to shove the nails in , there must be omething inside the candle to make this happen..........but i still dont believe its true lol
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    1800reverse Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 6:27 am
    sorry bout spelling mistakes <hits keyboard>
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    ITGuy Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 7:57 am
    Can`t be real. There has to be another source of power somehow connected. Notice how slow he was lighting the candles? More importantly, notice how he always had to have atleast one hand sort of under the table when he was lighting the candles? Seems to me like he was flipping a switch under the table while lighting the candles.
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    SammyFrank Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 8:09 am
    "This is real, I`m a scientist and do this stuff all day.".. with a name like bumblecock? I don`t think so..
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    Wey_Pooh Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 8:10 am
    Oh, great. Let this guy make more money with his fake crap. It`s not real, watch how he moves his left hand under the table when he connects the other cable.
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    Wey_Pooh Male 18-29
    1004 posts
    February 7, 2007 at 8:12 am
    Oh, and great idea, light two candles to light a little bulb that is insignificant compared to the light the candles give off.
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 9:14 am
    I can`t see how this works, i think it`s more of an illusion than a science experiment. Also, Ha ha, bumblecock.
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    NyQ Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 9:32 am
    this likely works on the same principle as those candles that play music when you light them. those candles have no power source, and yet they play music.
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    tobtoh Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2007 at 9:40 am
    I`m calling fake as well. For starters, basic electronics state that you need a complete circuit for electricity to flow. And the circuit isn`t complete - it goes from candle #1 -> Light bulb -> candle #2 .... but it needs a final link from candle #2 -> candle #1. The *only* possible answer is that *maybe* the smoke from the lit candles provides the `bridging` link, but I`m highly skeptical of that guess.
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    tezzanator Male 13-17
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    February 7, 2007 at 10:05 am
    Agree with above

    He abiously has some pads on the table.. and a nail through the middle of the candle...

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    benjbenj Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2007 at 10:20 am
    We`re probably not supposed to say that it`s fake — it`s obviously fake — but *how* it`s done.
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    unbwogable Male 18-29
    555 posts
    February 7, 2007 at 10:23 am
    Why don`t we just get the materials and try it ourselves? I`m sure there`s got to be at least a few people with a couple of candles, and a flashlight you could borrow the bulb from. I would also assume that perhaps a paperclip would suffice in place of a nail, if nothing else.
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    enright3 Male 40-49
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    February 7, 2007 at 10:48 am
    What a bunch of crap. Every time he lights the 2nd candle or turns the light or motor off; one of his hands is hidden behind the table.
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    Giltrap Male 13-17
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    February 7, 2007 at 10:52 am
    Lots of people seem to say things are photoshopped when they do not understand something or things seem a little strange. Is "IT`S PHOTOSHOPPED!" a replacement for "IT`S A MIRACLE" or "IT`S A WORK OF GOD!"?

    And isn`t photoshop for editing photo`s anyway? (I`ve not got photoshop, so I don`t know, but the clue seems to be in the name)

    Anyway...

    Lighting 2 candles to power a light in a power cut. A little pointless, but I do suppose you get more light.

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    grreat747 Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 10:53 am
    LOOK PEOPLE!

    The whol point of this video is to get you to waste your time trying to see if this works.

    I have studied Physics at university level, and had A* at GCSE and a 7-grade at IB.

    I can tell you that this is fake. The circuit is not complete forom what you see on the video, therfore there is reason to belive that he completed the circuit under the table including a power source.

    There is no way in this world that two magnatised nails would ever create enough potential difference to power that light bulb. Also there is no way that a candle can influence that simple circuit.

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    sunwavewind Female 18-29
    690 posts
    February 7, 2007 at 10:59 am
    Fake, but wouldn`t it be cool if that could actually recharge batteries.
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    crazymagemia Female 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 11:35 am
    hm....interesting, but proven to be fake, as many above have said. and lol@giltrap :P

    it would be really cool if this DID work tho...that lan party would rock

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    ConverseUK Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 1:00 pm
    Guys come on, don`t be stupid...look where his left hand is when the bulb turns on and off. There`s clearly a switch under the table. He even changes the lighter into the other hand so he can flip the switch.
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    deciduous Male 13-17
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    February 7, 2007 at 1:23 pm
    There was a pretty good explanation of how it "could" work, but I still think it`s fake. It had to do with the flow of ions or plasma or something between the flames of the candles. The thing I had a problem with is he spent 2 seconds per nail with a fridge-strength magnet. No way they could`ve kept a charge. And the candles were WAY too far apart for energy flow between them.
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    czeh1 Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 1:34 pm
    I am an Electrical Engineer at CSU, and I can tell you this video is bogus.

    tobtoh came close to explaining why this is a fake but, actually the basic laws of electricity allow a current to flow as long as there is a potential (voltage) difference between to locations. (Think how lighting strikes, very high electron potential in the sky, and the earth is grounded = current flow.)

    Notice how he doesn`t mention what type of material the Nails are made of, then he rubs a magnet on them, the nails would have to be made of a ferromagnetic material to become magnetized, also he doesn`t rub it in any organized method which would leave the magnetic dipoles very poorly aligned.

    He uses both a DC lamp and DC motor, so this rules out any air/wood core transformer device to transmit power through the table. Therefore he most likely has a power source running through the table and candles. Notice how every time the second candle is lit, his hand is under the table at the same location?

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    xdeementedxd Female 18-29
    83 posts
    February 7, 2007 at 1:42 pm
    tested it....it works!!!
    the light bulb one anyway...thats the only one i tried...
    i thought it wasn`t gonna work but it did!!!
    pretty cool.
    but...why the hell would u want to do that anyway?
    lol.
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    xdeementedxd Female 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 1:44 pm
    well...did i mention it took me 4 tries?
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    czeh1 Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 1:46 pm
    Take a look at where this video originally came from, Metacafe, there are about 100+ comments that have been deleted by, who, none other than the slob who posted the video.

    The posts he has left up describes the power being transmitted with electromagnetic arcs... Let me tell you that DC power cannot be transmitted through the air (Except for extremely high voltages over short distances, like when you rub your feet on the carpet and touch the door knob, static electricy = Large DC charges)

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    Torezero Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 1:57 pm
    You know how it says "make sure it does not come out the other side"?
    The magnetizing thing is just a distraction. He shows the back of a candle once and only once. The camera shift is just to distract you from what he really did: he pushed the nails through and attached wires to them, connected to a power source. The candles hide the wires. His hand under the table switches the power source on and off. Game over man. Game over.
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    uzy786 Female 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 2:22 pm
    has ny 1 noticed weneva he lights the 2nd candle he always puts his hand under the table
    nd wen he puts the candles out his hands r always under the table!

    nd u cant c the full part of the wire!
    mayb a switch unda the table!

    oh nd we cant c the motor turning so it cud only be the sound played in backgroud!

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    sprink99 Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2007 at 3:31 pm
    i got two candles the size of oil drums and two bits of scaffold pole and powered my car the same way. Who`d have thought that would work?
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    BlankTom Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2007 at 3:56 pm
    The part that gave it away for me is when he lifted up the wires with the motor to show it wasn`t a trick. If it wasn`t a trick why are you worrying about that?
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    blahbored Male 70 & Over
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:31 pm
    Brittany knows what she is going to do tomorrow...go see my old science teacher...tell ihim about it...then ask if it is possible! If so that is AMAZING man, I wanna try.

    And we called those wires alligator clips ;P

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    B-Hazard Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:37 pm
    ::Some long, drawn out explantion about how this video is fake even though no one cares and I`m just saying it so I can confirm to myself that I`m half-intelligent::
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    dragonrice Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:38 pm
    This is all fake. As you can see he`s doing this to get high ratings and lots of views so metacafe will pay him. Why I think that? There`s no complete circuit so how could this work?
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    STARTSOMETIN Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:41 pm
    first off who cares how it works and second if you dont think it works stop questioning it just do it and find out
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    gorgokid333 Male 13-17
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:43 pm
    he puts his hand under the table EVERY time he lights the candles.

    DUHHHH!

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    thestickman Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 4:56 pm
    "first off who cares how it works and second if you dont think it works stop questioning it just do it and find out"

    ie: If you`re not a gullible idiot and have some basic knowledge of electricity, you should waste your time trying it out. Great advice.

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    Pure_Jenius Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 5:10 pm
    hahah wow... this got me a good laugh!

    Is this the same guy who did that "magnetic water" thing (USE SPINACH!!)? heh...
    "undeniable facts Friday" or something like that.

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    evilempress1 Female 13-17
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    February 7, 2007 at 5:19 pm
    LAME!!!
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    pyre Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 5:41 pm
    or... you could use the candles for light
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    AFTERSHOCK Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 6:47 pm
    THIS IS BADASS!!!
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    SillyCilly Female 13-17
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    February 7, 2007 at 7:49 pm
    too long...and from what i can gather, it is a hoax. those were 2-3 minutes of my life i can never get back. *sigh*
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    XxAnDiLeQxX Male 13-17
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    February 7, 2007 at 8:54 pm
    comon guys...its so obvious.

    watch his hands whenever he lights the second candle or blows one of them out. its always hidden away from the camera

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    cale_d_100 Male 13-17
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    February 7, 2007 at 9:20 pm
    funny how every time the light or motor goes on or off, he moves his hand where you cant see it. i think this is fake.
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    AVDPhoenix Male 30-39
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    February 7, 2007 at 9:31 pm
    Very nice!
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    ArrImaPirate Female 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 10:00 pm
    Candle wax also is a very good insulator to STOP electrical current, it is not going to flow current to the nail even if you plugged the candle into a wall outlet! He never shows the bottom of the candles, so its likely they are hollowed out with batteries and a large contact surface for the nails to touch when they are inserted.
  69. Profile photo of JaLacaob
    JaLacaob Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    I just want to note the same thing half of the other commenters have already noted.. that you see how he puts his hands under the tables? That`s where the power source is.

    Yeah... because I don`t think anyone can read the posts before this one, and mine is obviously more important because I made this discovery on my own but don`t have the respect to read anything anyone else has posted... so I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE.

    /Sarcasm

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    Zookopf Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 10:49 pm
    Maybe the guy has current running tru himself and his feet are on the table and hes wearing copper socks. This would also explain the wheezing.
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    scottthebum Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 11:15 pm
    Some proof now: take a close look at how far the nails are into the candles before the close up for rubbing the magnets, and then look after. Their embedded positions have changed! Some unnoted manipulation was done to at least one of the candles. Either the person was a weakling and was weaker than a rubbing magnet to push the nails into the candles or he/she did something we don`t see.
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    Gmanji Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2007 at 11:17 pm
    I was half expecting him to get really far into the lightbulb part, and then go, Next, disconnect everything and light the freaking candles, you scientist!
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    liniarc Male 18-29
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    February 8, 2007 at 12:29 am
    hmm... 2 candles... 2 nails... 2 leads with alligator clips... a magnet...

    I tried that but I couldn`t light the candle without a lighter or matches....

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    Roduku Male 50-59
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    February 8, 2007 at 1:51 am
    What is happening is the electrical potential exists between the two magnetized terminals due to the magnetized nails. helped by the charged ions movement through the wire, a current flows through the wire from one candle to the next. The charge then takes the form of ions in the air between the candle (not electricity but charged particles of air). An electrical arc is actual electrons not particles that a pushed through the air by a powerful voltage.
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    canoeguy Male 30-39
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    February 8, 2007 at 7:40 am
    It`s not a circut. Is it possible that electrons are flying from one candle flame to the other?? F***ing crazy. Can`t wait to try it!!
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    Gammon_Rod Male 13-17
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    February 8, 2007 at 1:43 pm
    Riiight...
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    curtisd Male 18-29
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    February 8, 2007 at 2:46 pm
    did anyone else notice his hand go under the table to press the on off switch?
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    nevered Male 18-29
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    February 8, 2007 at 5:29 pm
    I only watched the first half: the light bulb half, but I know it`s a fake.

    for one thing, there`s no way that little bit of rubbing would magnetize the nails.


    I think I know how he does it: do you notice that after he cut to the closeup of him `magnetizing` the nails, it cuts back? that cut allowed him to swap in a different set of candles: a set of candles that had wires running out the back

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    Ijaywalked Male 13-17
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    February 8, 2007 at 9:55 pm
    Ok now if this is actually possible why not just use the candle as a light source and save some time.
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    Artgeek Female 18-29
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    February 9, 2007 at 3:31 am
    I thought this was a hoax until I tried it. As soon as I lit the candles, there was a bright light.
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    Martomator Male 13-17
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    February 11, 2007 at 4:56 am
    There`ll be a nail or a lead or something coming out of the back of tha candles to a battery. Notices how whenever anything turns on or off, his hand suspiciously reaches under the table? To a switch.
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    MetaToast Male 18-29
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    February 12, 2007 at 1:13 pm
    Physics is cool
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    MetaToast Male 18-29
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    February 12, 2007 at 1:18 pm
    Hmm on second thought this is fake, if you pause the clip at 2:42 you can see he has blown out one of the candles that would essentially "break" the circuit but the light is still lit. That phony bastard
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    treetrashish Male 30-39
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    April 19, 2007 at 9:41 am
    how bored do you have to be to do something this dumb. of course it`s fake!

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