Supersight Alexander Levit: real superhuman powers of a fraud?

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posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 08:25 AM
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Just saw this episode from the "Stan Lee's superhuman's 2" serie on History Channel and found it quite interesting.

Here's the presentation of this episode 5:


Russian Alex Levit is a living legend – rumoured to have learnt to see using his mind, even though he was born totally blind.
He claims he uses other extrasenses to see, and can even play pool.
Daniel wants him to prove its no trick, can he find targets, in a pitch black room whilst wearing a blindfold?


Source

The whole 11'55" episode:



Some said that he really have psychic powers that allows him to "see" with his mind, and some others said that the case is just an elaborated fraud (see here, in portuguese.)



As for me, I searched for more information about the guy and the fraud statement, with no luck (except that he have a Facebook page).

What do you think ATS?

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posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 08:43 AM
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Originally posted by elevenaugust
Russian Alex Levit is a living legend – rumoured to have learnt to see using his mind, even though he was born totally blind.


The key twist is that, as explained at 1:07, he is now no longer "totally blind".
The wording used in the documentary is "medically blind", which is a meaningless description. But simply put, he is...
- not completely blind (he says "30 percent")
- wearing a stupid useless blindfold *that is his own design* that any idiot could see past the gaps down the side of the nose with
- does a test in a room that he has already walked around in, and memorised the locations of objects, that was supposed to tell if he could tell where the objects were.

Frankly, if you were going to do a "test" of a person like him, you could could not possibly design tests more useless, pointless, open to fraud and cheating.
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posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 09:21 AM
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I love watching this show, this guy has a remarkable talent. They should let him drive a car



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 11:13 AM
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Originally posted by alfa1

Originally posted by elevenaugust
Russian Alex Levit is a living legend – rumoured to have learnt to see using his mind, even though he was born totally blind.


- does a test in a room that he has already walked around in, and memorised the locations of objects, that was supposed to tell if he could tell where the objects were.


Not correct. They say he has never been in it before. If we start to question that they lied, we can simply leave it alone.



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 11:30 AM
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At 11:05 you can see his eyes true the blindfold



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 12:19 PM
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Originally posted by drneville
At 11:05 you can see his eyes true the blindfold

Was the blindfold askew?
I didn't see him adjust it!



posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 02:45 PM
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Good sight. I know from some old Sony Camcorders, you can apply a foil to the lense, makes them able to look through black clothes. COULD be an explanation, could also mean fraud.

Edit: Before somebody says its not true that you can modify them, I did it myself, it was a CCD TRV77 and it worked.
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posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 09:09 PM
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Not enough data. The skeptical analysis is almost as bad as the presentation it only present conjectures and critics to the TV show, the only point that brings anything new is the background information of the neuroscientist but that is also based on inconclusive inferences.



posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 08:45 AM
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Originally posted by verschickter
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Good sight. I know from some old Sony Camcorders, you can apply a foil to the lense, makes them able to look through black clothes.




If you put foil over the lens, the lens won't get light. No light, no image. Not hard.



posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 03:11 PM
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Nice try. I see what your trying to say..
You can buy these foils or use a blank negativ film to cover the lense. Scraping off the IR blocker on the lense will make it more sensitive and useless in daylight. I recommend using thinned nitro sparely applied. Some say it screws up auto-focus if you scrap it off, but I mine works just fine after removing, but I did not scrape it off. You can solder a second resistor the behind the manual focus potentiometer, there is a paper on the internet about that I think you will find it with ease.

You will also find an article that "only" 700.000 were sold, but you can do it with most camcorders from sony that have night-shot ability. However if you do the filter/foil trick it will screw up color.

Google "sony camera can see through clothes +trv", it will make you wiser.
You can get one real cheap at a big online auction website

Finally, here is a YT Video. Enjoy.
I looks like he has some switchable filters. Nice way to do it, too.

Disclaimer: Unlike the fellow in the video, I had far better reasons to do the mod.

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posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 04:38 PM
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In short, you're allowing infrared spectrum through the lens. Just say that.



posted on Apr, 9 2013 @ 01:45 PM
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Sorry electronic engineers like to talk about the 'abouts', job habit.
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