The word ‘pyrokinesis’ was coined by horror novelist Stephen King in his 1980 novel Firestarter to describe the ability to create and control fire with the mind. The word is intended to be parallel to telekinesis, with S.T. Joshi describing it as a “singularly unfortunate coinage” and noting that the correct analogy to telekinesis would “not be “pyrokinesis” but “telepyrosis” (fire from a distance)”. King is the first person to give the idea a name as neither the term pyrokinesis nor any other term describing the idea have been found in prior works. Parapsychologists describe pyrokinesis as the ability to excite the atoms within an object until they generate enough energy to burst into flame. Science fiction works define pyrokinesis as speeding up the movement of molecules in order to increase temperature.
There is no scientifically plausible method for the brain to trigger explosions or fires.
This video gets interesting at about 1min 37 secs into the movie and then the effects continue for the rest of the duration. Even if this is a trick – it is a very interesting one. I do not claim to be an expert, but as someone who passed university level Thermodynamics I wouldn’t know how to artificially make such flame spikes without any visible equipment. Naturally, some expert in stage tricks may have found a way to do it, but in such case they usually jump up and down bragging and showing the world what they have done. In this case however – no name or face is associated with the video.
This second video is interesting because it puts to the test the theory that it’s the air currents that cause flame flickering when the hand is near it.
One case of purported pyrokinetic ability came from Paw Paw, Michigan, in 1882, when a local doctor published an article in the local news about a 27 year old man he had been studying. The man, named A.William Underwood, had become a local celebrity by “generating fire through the medium of his breath, assisted by manipulations with his hands. He will take anybody’s handkerchief, and hold it to his mouth, and rub it vigorously with his hands while breathing on it, and immediately it bursts into flames and burns until consumed.”
However, it is now thought that Underwood would hide a piece of phosphorus in his mouth and, upon spitting it on said handkerchief, would use the heat from his breath and the heat from rubbing his hands together to ignite the phosphorus, creating the illusion of fire starting.
The case was so celebrated that even in 1974 musician Brian Eno released a song about Underwood entitled “The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch”.
Know How To Command The Fire
Practicing pyrokinesis can be very dangerous to you or others if you have no control over it. So, the beginners must be very careful in performing it. The key to pyrokinesis is to focus on what you want the flame or fire to do and willing it to happen what you want.
1. Light a candle in a place where there is no air currents. Now, look at the flame and concentrate by focusing on it and try to establish a connection between your mind and the flame.
2. Now close your eyes and visualize the flame as vividly as possible and its movement for sometime. Try to feel its energy as within yourself.
3. Now open your eyes and again focus on the flame. Now try to move the flame to a side by visualizing in your mind. Try to push the flame with your mind’s energy.
4. Successful in moving a flame cannot be achieved overnight. It takes tremendous effort and will power. It may take some days or months or years according to your will and concentration.
5. Focusing on the flame doesn’t mean concentrating in such a manner to strain yourself. Straining your mind leads to other problems. The idea is to focus on the target without any effort.
6. Once you are familiar with moving the fire with your mind, you can move to the next step of extinguishing it.
7. In the same way, concentrate and visualize in your mind’s eye extinguishing the flame with your energy. This may take longer time than moving the flame. So, better give break after you are success with moving the flame. Otherwise, you may end up with stress and strain.
Pyrokinesis Training – Communication with Fire
A three-year-old girl in Antique province in Western Visayas is attracting attention for her supposed ability to foresee fires. The girl’s supposed powers prompted local officials in San Jose town, Antique to cordon off their house for security reasons, a news site reported on Thursday.
In an interview published in “The Daily Guardian” (TDG), San Jose Mayor Rony Molina said, “One of a kind. A new experience for us. Beyond explanation. I am at a loss.” According to TDG, the girl’s 25-year-old father, a tricycle driver, he learned of his daughter’s power only last month.
The father recalled an incident when he took his wife and daughter into the town proper to buy soda last month. As he was alighting from his tricycle, his daughter reportedly said, “may sunog alas nuebe (there will be fire at nine o’clock).”
He ignored his daughter’s comment at first but was surprised to see the spare tire of his tricycle on fire shortly after 9:00 a.m. that day, the report said. The father pointed out his daughter still does not know how to tell time and that he and his wife do not have a wristwatch.
The TDG said the mother also recounted incidents when the girl would talk about fire and fires would allegedly happen. Molina then visited the residence of the girl and confirmed that fires indeed happened after the girl spoke about them.
When he personally visited the girl’s family, Molina recalled that the girl suddenly remarked, “may masunog (something will burn).” Within seconds, he saw a shirt hanging in the house suddenly on fire. “Nobody touched it. It was just there. Nobody was even close to it. It just started in seconds. The shirt was on fire,” the mayor said.
The mayor then ordered that the town’s firetruck be on standby in the village. On the mayor’s orders, the family’s hut has also been secured by a yellow police line.
An 11-year-old Vietnamese girl is now being recognized as a global scientific phenomenon. According to her family and numerous medical diagnosticians, the little girl can set anything on fire just by using the power of her mind.
The little girl’s father stated that it all started while they were living in their old house and began experiencing constant short circuits of the electrical network. No one could find the cause of these electrical surges. When the girl was taken to a friend’s house the family was stunned to experience the very same electrical problems.
When the girl was taken to be examined by specialists, they were shocked to witness her unique ability. Doctors could find nothing wrong with the girl besides a weird line that ran through the right part of her brain. According to the specialists only great philosophers and painters had such lines on their brains.
This ability from science-fiction called pyrokinesis is considered by the specialists as a possible reason for the phenomenon. They think that the biological energy of the girl is somehow unbalanced and fluctuates at some point. In order to find out why there were fires wherever the girl went, they took samples from the girl’s DNA and are currently keeping her in a safe environment.
Poll: A Psychic Power you would like to have/your favorite?
Gone Gonzo 12 March 2010 4:29 am
Pyrokinesis: This one is obvious, but the ability to start and manipulate fires with your mind. Example: Warming up hobos.
BlumiereBleck 12 March 2010 4:36 am
Double A 12 March 2010 4:37 am
If I just lit stuff on fire, I’d still be able to move it around in the air, right?
SnootyEnglishman 12 March 2010 4:39 am
My inner-pyro is screaming for pyrokinesis. I’d also like Spontaneous Combustion Kinesis.
Aerodynamic 12 March 2010 4:47 am
oh what A world we would live in if I had that.
YawehG 12 March 2010 4:49 am
Pyrokinesis, of course.
Just think of all the… *ahem* fancy masturbation you could do when your bored.
Mark L. Lester Firestarter (1984)
Firestarter is a 1984 American science-fiction horror film based on Stephen King’s 1980 novel of the same name. The plot concerns a young girl who develops pyrokinesis and the secret government agency known as the Shop which seeks to control her.
Tobe Hooper Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.
Glenn Gordon Caron Wilder Napalm (1993)
Two brothers with the secret power of starting fires with their minds, reunite after years apart, only to find conflict with their differing lifestyles.
Shûsuke Kaneko Crossfire (2000)
Junko was born with a type of ESP called pyrokinesis which she can use to incinerate anyone and anything at will. Junko is secretly in love with Kazuki, a young man who works with her. His sister is killed and a boy named Masaki suspected but the police don’t arrest him. Junko tells Kazuki about her powers and takes revenge.
Firestarter 2: Rekindled (2002)
A young woman who has the ability to start fires with her mind, must now face the trauma of her childhood by battling with a group of very talented children and their cruel leader, John Rainbird.
Guillermo del Toro Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)
Hellboy’s pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz is played by Selma Blair.
Heroes (2006 – 2010)
Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring that appeared on NBC for four seasons from September 25, 2006 through February 8, 2010. The series tells the stories of ordinary people who discover that they had superhuman abilities, and how these abilities take effect in the characters’ lives as they work together to prevent catastrophic futures.
Chris Sparling The Atticus Institute (2015)
The story of a 1970’s psychology lab in Pennsylvania where a case of demonic possession took place.
Neil Ebanks Burn, The Movie (2016)
11 year old Emi, gifted with pyrokinetic abilities, is being hunted down by an off-the-grid governmental organization, intending to make her a military weapon.
* all texts borrowed from other sources.
p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Well, give him a call. Oh, wait, I don’t have his number and you’re married. I remember Glenn Corbett now. Huh. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Thank you, but I’m just their messenger or gardener or something. Oh, no, I hope the apparently awful flu that appears to be wreaking havoc on the US hasn’t jumped continents. Do you feel better today, I hope, I hope? Me: another almost entirely work-filled day. Still re: the film script rather than the assigned one, oops. And I’m putting together a new book of literary gif fiction, and I worked on that when I wasn’t scripting. It was fine. Today Zac and I get interviewed about PGL for a big fashion/culture magazine that’s going to run a feature on the film, so that’s potentially cool. And more work, I imagine. I hope you felt like a million bucks today and had fun accordingly. What happened? ** Damien Ark, Hey, Damien, coolness, howdy. Good sound bites. They popped for me too. What’s up with you, man? ** Bernard, Hi, B. Ha ha. Ha ha, well, Bernard, if it was 1978 the words ‘Tiger Beat’ might make me write a saucy poem about him, but it’s not. CMBYN is like the gay Pet Rock. I mean in addition to its purportedly voluminous and viral other virtues. Next time you come to Paris, I want to see you drink all the vodka. Do you ever get zonked? I can imagine you would be really fun when you’re zonked. ** Wolf, Worfld! Now I’m getting giddy, ha ha. Yes, apparently your transcendent prose upped the real once again. Seems you can’t help it, babe. I still think you could write one heck of a non-fiction or fiction book. ‘The Crimson Kimono’ sounds worth it for that dialogue, but, again, could it compete with your transcendent characterisation? I wonder. I don’t think I have a problem with James Ellroy’s prose. Do I? Wait, let me think. No, I don’t think so. Granted I don’t read him. I did, though. Once or twice. And I’m positive that if he wrote an escort profile I would grab it and slot it into one of the posts. I probably wouldn’t even edit it for length. I think that escort’s wife is in for a world of heartbreak. Big Friday to you and yours, bud! ** Steven Erickson, I too was very taken with that guestbook entry. Well, obviously. A lot of snark in the guestbooks recently, thank my blog’s lucky stars. Fingers crossed on the 1000 words. I mean, it’s three albums plus a billion add ons for goodness sake. I think maybe my favorite PSB song is ‘Flamboyant’. Reviews! Everyone, Steve has two reviews for us today that straddle two distinct mediums. First, a film, Andrey Zvyaginstev’s LOVELESS, here, and, second, an album, Brandi Carlile’s BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU, here. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi. I agree. Anyway that guestbook guy sounds like a snore. Oh, wow, that’s super interesting about the animation course. You can compare notes with Jamie. That’s sounds fun and even more. ** Jamie, ਹੋ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਮੁਕੰਮਲ ਸੂਰਜ ਚੜ੍ਹ ਗਿਆ ਹੋਵੇ, Jamie. Jesus, she’s good, that Hannah, yeah. I might even say that ‘rabbit’ comment was the peak. My day was film script work, oops again. Went well though. I agree one billion percent about one’s own stuff deserving ownership of one’s burning love. Except in my case the assigned thing is for Gisele, so it’s sort of my own stuff too, albeit with actual decent payment which is not usually-to-ever the case with Gisele’s work. Anyway, I agree. There’s a theory that artists with children are easier to sneak up upon. I think the theory is that they secretly want to realise that a child isn’t an artwork. Oh, thanks, I’ll have at that Make Nurse track post haste. I don’t know them. The blue cross daubing thing makes the doubly pounceable upon. My Friday will be work-y and an interview with Zac about PGL for a magazine, and … long overdue emails, buying tickets to two upcoming music shows (1. Thomas Brinkmann + Arto Lindsay. 2. Morton Subotnick plus all star cast performing his classic early electronic work ‘Silver Apples of the Moon’ + Kevin Drumm). And other stuff? What’ll be your today? Whatever it involves, may it scramble up the world’s tallest flagpole and hoist the skull and crossbones. ‘Crossbones Style’ love, Dennis. ** James Nulick, Hey. My guess is that she’s either full of shite or promoting her agenda, but who knows really. ‘Women prefer … ‘ just sounds like poppycock before the sentence is even completed. And I just checked the US Best Seller list, and almost all the books on it are quite long. I think people actually like books to be lengthy-term companions, something they can live with and turn to off and on for long periods, and even moreso now given that movies, songs, football games, etc are short. I don’t buy her theory, basically. And I write short books, obviously. Yes, I talk with my old friend regularly. I’m sure it depends. The moment my friend and I reconnected, it was literally like the decades in between hadn’t happened, and we just carried own from where we left off. But he and I have tons of interests in common, and we almost never talk about our youth. So it’s a gamble, but I guess I would say find out, email with him, and see what happens. It’s a great thing to have a friend you’ve known since you were really young. Or can be. ** K$aton, Hi. I think the thing they do for me more than any other thing is crack me up. But I do like black humor. Only a day for the Italy part? Wow, a day? That’s pretty edited. ** Nik, Hi, Nik. Yeah, some solid prose bits there, yeah? Other projects I’m working on are a new literary gif book, a script for a project I’m not allowed to characterise yet, and, longer term, an opera scheduled for 2020. Cool, I really like Max Frisch. I don’t know that play, though. Oh, wow, they shut the school just because the nearby football team won? Oh, right, there were riots or something, I remember. I’m glad that worked out and especially that it helped clarify your artistic goals? Can you say more about that? Too hard to nutshell? Nice about the refresher of your visiting friends. Enjoy that totally. Excellent day to you. ** I managed to scrape together a Pyrokinesis Day for reasons I do not precisely recall. Maybe it’s fun? You tell me. See you tomorrow.