heres a link with a video of an asian magnetic family, and a few articles on other people. ive read and seen about this a while ago. nice to come
across again though. bout to do some re-reading.
. dont know if this might help you, but here you go. its interesting to say the least. just
scroll down through the other stories on the page. its at the bottom.
Mark Pilkington gave a good overview in the Guardian:
Since 1987, one year after the Chernobyl disaster, 76-year-old Russian factory worker Leonid Tenkaev, his wife Galina, their daughter Tanya and
grandson Kolya have all been able to make metal objects stick to their bodies. Leonid can hold individual objects weighing up to 23kg on his chest.
Doctors in Russia and Japan appear to have been convinced that the Tenkaevs' abilities are genuine. "There is absolutely no doubt that the objects
stick as if their bodies were magnetic," an impressed Dr Atusi Kono told reporters in 1991.
Remarkably, the Tenkaevs are not alone. In 1990, the Superfields conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, attracted 300 such "human magnets" after a young
woman, Marinela Brankova, demonstrated her powers on television by supporting a 7kg weight from her vertical palms.
The adhesive force seems predominantly to affect the upper body - the chest, arms and hands. Practitioners say it can be fortified through practice
and increased concentration: some people, while supporting several objects at once, can release specific items to order. One Bulgarian woman, Victoria
Petrova, entertained delegates by making objects move about her body in time to music.
Some human magnets also claim other abilities, such as x-ray vision similar to that claimed recently by the young Russian, Natalia Demkina. Curiously,
there does seem to be a preponderance of - or perhaps interest in - such powers in Russia, Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries, leading some
researchers to connect it to radiation leakages. However, reports of human magnets from at least the mid-19th century would suggest that its origins
And an earlier report from Thailand:
Farmer Tan Kok Thai has found instant fame in Tanjung Rambutan with a body that can attract rocks, metal, plastic and rubber items, pieces of wood and
Tan first realised that he could attract metal last year when a coin dropped out of a shirt pocket while he was taking off the garment and stuck to
his chest, but he gave little thought to it.
However, inspired by a Chinese documentary last month showing a man in Taiwan sticking coins to his body, he tried to imitate the feat.
“Soon I discovered that I could also attract other items like handphones, calculators, plastic and glass bottles, books, biscuits, planks, bananas
and torchlights,” he said in an interview.
The long list of items he has successfully experimented with includes remote controls, an air conditioner, electric irons, knives, canned food and
tubes of toothpaste.
Tan said he started to stick stones on his body some 10 days ago and, after much practise, he could now keep a piece of rock weighing 38.5kg stuck to
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) lecturer Nasrul Humaimi Mahmood said Tan’s ability was probably associated with suction properties in his skin.
However, he said, tests had to be carried out to confirm this.
Nasrul Humaimi and Prof Dr Mohamed Amin from UTM’s electrical engineering faculty in Johor had done research on people with special abilities.
Their study covered Liew Thow Lin, 74, popularly known as the “Magnetic Man” because could make metal stick to his body.
Liew from Gunung Rapat in Ipoh could lift 30kg of weights attached to a metal plate placed against his abdomen.
During a carnival at Hospital Bahagia, Tanjung Rambutan, in September 2001, he had also pulled a Kancil car over 20m using an iron chain hooked to an
iron plate stuck to his midriff.
The interesting thing we can see from this is that it is not magnetism as we know it because we have more than just metal being effected. In fact the
history of magnetic people has included a range of claims.
Lulu Hearst, the "magnetic girl", was a case in point. She became famous at the end of the nineteenth century for her ability to influence objects
at a distance and demonstrate changes of her weight and great feats of strength. She later revealed that this was a combination of simple tricks and
the cunning use of leverage. You can read more in "The Feats of the Magnetic Girl Explained" and more recently Joe Nickell's Wonder-Workers: How
They Perform the Impossible. However, this doesn't really bring us any closer to the wider range of otehr magnetic people with different abilities.