Candle Power

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in Science

With two candles, two nails, and a small magnet you can power a light bulb.
There are 84 comments:
Male 23
how bored do you have to be to do something this dumb. of course it`s fake!
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Male 35
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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Male 35
Physics is cool
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Male 83
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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Female 153
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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Male 1
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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Male 42
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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Male 30
did anyone else notice his hand go under the table to press the on off switch?
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Male 431
Riiight...
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Male 49
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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Male 459
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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Male 238
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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Male 64
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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Male 383
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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Male 11
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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Male 1,647

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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Female 13
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.
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Male 1,521
Very nice!
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Male 217
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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Male 7
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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Female 173
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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Male 2,781
THIS IS BADASS!!!
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Male 449
or... you could use the candles for light
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Female 416
LAME!!!
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Male 110
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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Male 14
"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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Male 227
he puts his hand under the table EVERY time he lights the candles.

DUHHHH!

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Male 561
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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Male 632
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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Male 2,958
::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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Male 308
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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Male 1,674
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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Male 393
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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Female 111
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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Male 18
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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Male 2
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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Female 83
well...did i mention it took me 4 tries?
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Female 83
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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Male 2
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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Male 217
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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Male 1,270
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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Female 364
hm....interesting, but proven to be fake, as many above have said. and [email protected] :P

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

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Female 690
Fake, but wouldn`t it be cool if that could actually recharge batteries.
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Male 36
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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Male 82
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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Male 11
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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Male 555
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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Male 916
We`re probably not supposed to say that it`s fake — it`s obviously fake — but *how* it`s done.
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Male 145
Agree with above

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

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Male 7
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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Male 375
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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Male 1,231
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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Male 1,003
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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Male 1,003
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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Male 1,030
"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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Male 12
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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Male 76
sorry bout spelling mistakes <hits keyboard>
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Male 76
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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Female 3
it doesn`t work i tried it! rubbish!
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Male 591
Ill test it and get back to you, Ill probably get the mats tomorrow and redo the experiment myself.
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Male 1,647
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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Male 12
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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Male 2,372
^^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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Male 173
Anyone care to explain how it works?
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Male 1,647
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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Male 896
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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Male 896
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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Male 643
This is real, I`m a scientist and do this stuff all day.
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Female 1,228
that was impressive.
maybe this can actually be done.
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Male 349
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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Male 452
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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Male 215
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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Male 1,142
lol spriggan i wanted to say that.
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Male 446
haha..you read my mind spriggan
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Male 242
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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Female 228
"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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Male 102
Nevermind searched google found alot of explinations that explain it
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Male 16
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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Male 609
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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Male 446
exactly. you can tell by the pixels
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Male 32
This is shopped. i can tell, having seen a number of shopps in my time.
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Male 102
???? Scratches head ????? Cannot explain that one. Anybody?
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Male 446
nifty
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Male 10,115
Link: Candle Power [Rate Link] - With two candles, two nails, and a small magnet you can power a light bulb.
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