This Video Will Tell You If You’re Prone to Mind Control

HypnoticSpiralOddly the original page seems to be done, here’s the cached version from New Scientist:

Are you easily influenced by what others do and say? If so, you’re just the type of person that hypnotists, magicians and mind-readers seek out as you’re more likely to fall for their mind tricks.

In this video, psychologist Richard Wiseman gives you the chance to find out how suggestible you are. Give it a go — even the most hardened skeptics might be surprised by the results.

If you tried the test, how far did your hands move? According to Wiseman, if they stayed level or shifted just a few inches apart then you aren’t that suggestible. But if they moved more than a few inches, you’re the perfect candidate for a magic trick.

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  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    I thought the trick was going to be if he could get me to hold my hand out in front of me…

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    I thought the trick was going to be if he could get me to hold my hand out in front of me…

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    I thought the trick was going to be if he could get me to hold my hand out in front of me…

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Yeah, I think if you take the test, you have already submitted to mind control….

  • Butter Knife

    Pretty much level, though my left hand *felt* lower than my right hand before I opened my eyes. I assume this means I’d be a poorer mark for anything physical than mental tricks.

    Pretty cool, though.

  • Butter Knife

    Pretty much level, though my left hand *felt* lower than my right hand before I opened my eyes. I assume this means I’d be a poorer mark for anything physical than mental tricks.

    Pretty cool, though.

  • Karena

    my hands ended up a good 18 inches apart..

  • Karena

    my hands ended up a good 18 inches apart..

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I think if you take the test, you have already submitted to mind control….

  • 5by5

    I raised my left hand to flip him off after the video was done. Does that count?

  • 5by5

    I raised my left hand to flip him off after the video was done. Does that count?

  • 5by5

    I raised my left hand to flip him off after the video was done. Does that count?

  • 5by5

    I raised my left hand to flip him off after the video was done. Does that count?

  • http://twitter.com/praticuschaotic Jon Doe

    Stayed in place.

  • http://twitter.com/praticuschaotic John Doe

    Stayed in place.

  • bridget

    huh. i totally -felt- as though my hands were moving, but they didn’t move much at all, maybe 1/4 inch

  • bridget

    huh. i totally -felt- as though my hands were moving, but they didn’t move much at all, maybe 1/4 inch

  • bridget

    huh. i totally -felt- as though my hands were moving, but they didn’t move much at all, maybe 1/4 inch

  • bridget

    huh. i totally -felt- as though my hands were moving, but they didn’t move much at all, maybe 1/4 inch

  • bridget

    huh. i totally -felt- as though my hands were moving, but they didn’t move much at all, maybe 1/4 inch

  • bridget

    huh. i totally -felt- as though my hands were moving, but they didn’t move much at all, maybe 1/4 inch

  • dilly willy

    or does it mean you have more of an imagination if your hands are further apart? I watched it the first time and didn’t follow his orders. I thought it was a trick to see if I’ve even do what he said. Then I watched it again and tried it. my hands didn’t move.

  • dilly willy

    or does it mean you have more of an imagination if your hands are further apart? I watched it the first time and didn’t follow his orders. I thought it was a trick to see if I’ve even do what he said. Then I watched it again and tried it. my hands didn’t move.

  • Pete

    Very weird thing happened to me. My hands moved about 8 inches, but my right hand (helium balloon) moved down, and my left hand moved up (books). And I couldn’t feel them moving at all…

    • dilly willy

      you were probably trying to compensate for imagined feelings of weight and weightlessness…. That’s what I thought might happen to me but it didn’t.

    • Cla

      same here but only about 2 inches difference

    • Crazy_kizmet

      You are dislexic.

  • Pete

    Very weird thing happened to me. My hands moved about 8 inches, but my right hand (helium balloon) moved down, and my left hand moved up (books). And I couldn’t feel them moving at all…

  • dilly willy

    you were probably trying to compensate for imagined feelings of weight and weightlessness…. That’s what I thought might happen to me but it didn’t.

  • David Kelly

    My balloon was yellow and the books were all Wally Lamb novels – what does this mean?

  • David Kelly

    My balloon was yellow and the books were all Wally Lamb novels – what does this mean?

  • DrDavidKelly

    My balloon was yellow and the books were all Wally Lamb novels – what does this mean?

  • Drakken13

    What happens if the book hand is higher then the baloon?

  • Drakken13

    What happens if the book hand is higher then the baloon?

    • mindless

      Probably means you’re ambidextrous or dyslexic, I had to watch it once and then think about which hand was which before it worked

  • deredder

    My left arm fell off and my right is now in orbit.

  • deredder

    My left arm fell off and my right is now in orbit.

  • deredder

    Mind control making me do everything twice, everything twice.

  • deredder

    Mind control making me do everything twice, everything twice.

  • Lauren

    Guys, my hands were like 1 1/2 inches apart, I’m afraid people are totally controlling my minds now OMG :OOOO

  • Lauren

    Guys, my hands were like 1 1/2 inches apart, I’m afraid people are totally controlling my minds now OMG :OOOO

  • Lauren

    Guys, my hands were like 1 1/2 inches apart, I’m afraid people are totally controlling my minds now OMG :OOOO

  • chinagreenelvis

    This video is bullshit. I accidentally opened my eyes just before he mentioned the balloon being tied to my right hand, and lo and behold my right hand had already moved about an inch above my left. This is an illusion, a trick, and one that clearly takes advantage of some kind of phenomenon in natural human motor function.

  • chinagreenelvis

    This video is bullshit. I accidentally opened my eyes just before he mentioned the balloon being tied to my right hand, and lo and behold my right hand had already moved about an inch above my left. This is an illusion, a trick, and one that clearly takes advantage of some kind of phenomenon in natural human motor function.

    • chinagreenelvis

      And by “accidentally,” I mean I wanted to make sure that nobody in my office was watching me do this very stupid thing.

  • chinagreenelvis

    And by “accidentally,” I mean I wanted to make sure that nobody in my office was watching me do this very stupid thing.

  • Cla

    same here but only about 2 inches difference

  • Celina

    this is not trickery it’s an old self hypnosis test. it’s got nothing to do with mind control no one can control you unless you wnat them to. if your hands dont move it simply means that your proberly too left brained. with practise your hands will move.

  • Celina

    this is not trickery it’s an old self hypnosis test. it’s got nothing to do with mind control no one can control you unless you wnat them to. if your hands dont move it simply means that your proberly too left brained. with practise your hands will move.

  • guest

    lol i dun get it D:

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  • Danceintherains

    Both mine dropped a few inches, but stayed level. Probably means I’m lazy and out of shape.

  • Danceintherains

    Both mine dropped a few inches, but stayed level. Probably means I’m lazy and out of shape.

  • Clean

    He’s giving you the middle finger while your eyes are closed, watch it again.

  • Clean

    He’s giving you the middle finger while your eyes are closed, watch it again.

  • Threedinium

    Didn’t work. Maybe it’s because I was wearing my tinfoil hat.

  • Threedinium

    Didn’t work. Maybe it’s because I was wearing my tinfoil hat.

  • guest

    That’s funny, he made the same video from the personality perspective. The people who didn’t follow the directions at all were shown a picture of a puppy and told they are skeptical. The more a person’s hands were apart, the more imaginative the person is. If your hands didn’t move at all, that was something else.

  • guest

    That’s funny, he made the same video from the personality perspective. The people who didn’t follow the directions at all were shown a picture of a puppy and told they are skeptical. The more a person’s hands were apart, the more imaginative the person is. If your hands didn’t move at all, that was something else.

  • mindless

    Probably means you’re ambidextrous or dyslexic, I had to watch it once and then think about which hand was which before it worked

  • Crazy_kizmet

    You are dislexic.

  • http://twitter.com/TomCruising Tom Cruise

    just did it, I´m kind of suggestible, when I opened my eyes, everybody in the office was looking me doing the Nazi salute gesture…

  • http://twitter.com/TomCruising Tom Cruise

    just did it, I´m kind of suggestible, when I opened my eyes, everybody in the office was looking me doing the Nazi salute gesture…

  • guest

    hmmm … my left hand raised and my right hand lowered – about an inch or two . . .

  • guest

    hmmm … my left hand raised and my right hand lowered – about an inch or two . . .

  • Digimaton

    Try this.

    put your hands out in front of you so they are roughly level, with palm facing the ground, and close your eyes.

    Now hold them there for 50 second.

    Open your eyes…amazing…they have moved…and no one said anything.

    What a crock.

  • Digimaton

    Try this.

    put your hands out in front of you so they are roughly level, with palm facing the ground, and close your eyes.

    Now hold them there for 50 second.

    Open your eyes…amazing…they have moved…and no one said anything.

    What a crock.

  • Kajio

    My left hand ended up about two inches higher… subconscious over-correction?

  • Kajio

    My left hand ended up about two inches higher… subconscious over-correction?

  • emilio

    my hands didnt even move one bit this is fake

  • emilio

    my hands didnt even move one bit this is fake

  • hunterkiller

    My hands stayed level, my mind is an impregnable fortress.

  • hunterkiller

    My hands stayed level, my mind is an impregnable fortress.

  • Anarchy Pony

    The opposite happened. my “weighted” arm went up and the “lifted” arm went down….

  • You Are An Animal

    The opposite happened. my “weighted” arm went up and the “lifted” arm went down….

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