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Jack Houck PK Spoonbending party photos

Jack Houck is a former systems engineer for Boeing, the aerospace company. He has an MS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Jack Houck is also famous for the organization of PK parties. In these PK parties participants learn and perform by themselves spoon bending (or fork beinding, for that matter). Jack Houck has done almost 400 such parties around the US so far and among the participants you could find the writer Michael Crichton, Dick Sutphen and also Dr. Dean Radin. I wrote about their experiences on these PK parties in the article Spoon bending evidence by Dean Radin.

A visitor of the site has sent an email with photographs from his successful visit to a recent Jack Houck’s PK party in Las Vegas. Here’s what he wrote:

I went to Jack Houck PK Party #388 in Las Vegas last thursday evening. about 100 people come and I’m about the first round.

Jack is an old guy with very nice smile and easy going aura around him,

I followed all the procedures and able to bend 4 forks and 1 spoon, my wife which is very skeptical about this whole thing could bent one fork and 4 spoons

Below are the photographs that he has sent:

Jack Houck





  1. My Wife has just got caught up in this. Despite all the evidence to the contrary and the enormous physical force that is evident “she believes”. My demo’s of how it’s done only further fuel her cognitive dissonance.

  2. If Uri Geller, the dude who started this silliness, if he himself has been proven to be a FRAUD… which he IS (plenty of youtube videos to see)… then WHY should I expect that suddenly this dude can do it for real? Psychic stuff is happening all the time, but this AIN’T it. This is B.S.

  3. I’m curious as to why other utensils–such as butter knives or plasticware–are (seemingly) never “bent” in a PK manner. I’d think such would only add to the apparent strangeness of the process.–Rob Swiatek

    • Perhaps it has to do with the fact that metals are a natural substance that plastics are not used. My guess is that there is something coherent about the energy involved that makes a metal implement a better substance. Plastic implements tend to crack under very little pressure.

      The molecules of plastic are very differently put together than metals. They are often very complex organic molecules, and what happens to them is not always what you would expect when you add energy. Many tend to curl up and disappear when heated rather than soften and bend.

      Perhaps the psychic energy used to bend metal implements is more easily able to affect the molecular structure than they would plastics.

      It stands to reason that plastics should do SOMETHING, though. Maybe fly out of your hand or some such reaction.

      As to why spoons and forks rather than knives and other things. I suspect that the shape has something to do with it. The shank of a spoon or fork is thin and narrow and should be more quickly affected than the broad blade of a knife. –Meredith

      • Your points are well taken, Meredith, and I thank you for them. But I become a little suspicious when the utensils I see bent (in person, on several occasions) with “mental energy” are precisely those with the thinnest shanks that would be easiest to bend with purely muscular force. Admittedly, I don’t think I could physically twist spoons with the two or more tight turns I’ve seen “benders” sometimes induce, but I could at least put one twist in place. The only thing that has stopped me from doing this is my unwillingness to damage my own or a restaurant’s utensils (all the folks I’ve seen bend spoons use restaurant property without a second thought).

        On one occasion I did straighten out (unbend) a spoon in a non-PK manner when a waiter started to take undue interest in events. Everybody admitted it looked good as new…

        Bottom line: I’d like to see some of the PK benders start to experiment a bit more and see if they can affect plastic spoons or knives or nails, for example. After all, it doesn’t appear they exert themselves much to bend spoons, so what’s a little more effort to move up to something more substantial, like a knife?–Rob Swiatek

        • I used to experiment with metal bending for a while, though I never became very good at it. Meredith’s idea that the bending may have to do with molecular structure sounds like it could be a plausable explanation though I really don’t know. Metal is more fluid than plastic (in my opinion) whereas plastic is more ridgid.

          I am suspicious of many people claiming to use PK to bend cutlery and suspect that many incidences of psychic spoon bending may just be a result of brute force (whether subconscious or not), though I’ve no doubt true psychic spoon bending does exist.

          One thing I’ve always wanted to see is someone bend glass; like make a wine glass wilt and bend over like a flower or something. Bending glass would really get people’s attentions as there would be no way to do it using muscle strength.

        • I think you can get cheap forks and spoons at Walmart, and do the test on a budget of a couple dollars. I had some old flatware around, so I tried it, and I could get three twists. I just used my hands; I don’t think there was anything psychic going on.

          Most people are easily strong enough to bend typical cheap forks and spoons. With a thicker spoon, I could still bend it, it just hurt where it pressed into my fingers.

          When people present two-handed spoon bending as a psychic phenomenon, they’re not demonstrating the amazing power of the mind. They’re wasting it.