[Time Traveling Prediction/Prophecy] Psychic: Season 1, Episode 3.

We have seen it on TV and in the movies but what is “Time Traveling”? According to Professor Brian Cox, he believes in the “Twin Paradox” experiment. Prof. Cox further elaborate that “if you go fast your clock runs slow relative to people who are still. As you approach the speed of light your clock runs so slow that you could come back 10,000 years in the future.”

Imagine twins, one stays on Earth (Twin A) while the other (Twin B) boards a spaceship and flies off at relativistic speeds. Compared with Twin A’s timeframe, Twin B’s timeframe will slow. If time is running slower for Twin B, then he/she will return to Earth where a lot more time has passed and Twin A has aged significantly more than Twin B. The mechanism behind this is “time dilation” and it has a stronger effect as you travel closer and closer to the speed of light. (Source)

With that scientific explanation, we can conclude that Time Traveling is possible… but only in theory and not Interstellar-ish. Unless you can travel at the speed of light, which is of course impossible because it takes infinite energy to accelerate an infinite mass.

In Episode 3, Alvin Terence successfully ‘Prophesied’ or (with a less supernatural theme) ‘Predicted’ random words selected by the participants. The participants were instructed to visualize pages of a dictionary flipping and then select a random word from one of the imaginary pages. Lastly, the random word was highlighted or circled. After revealing the choice of random word(s), Alvin Terence directs the attention to an envelope held by the participant at the very beginning of the experiment. Inside the envelope reveals an IKEA photo frame with their choice of word.

So how was it done? Here is one of the techniques use in Episode 3: Pinstriping Pareidolia.

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) which is perceived as significant. Common examples of this are seeing images of animals or faces in clouds. Take a look at the cloud picture below. Do you think the cloud looks like the shape of a horse? (Source)

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About 97% of people will agree that image will look like a horse. Maybe because it was suggested above or MAYBE because of schema (in psychology and cognitive science, a schema describes an organized pattern of thought or behavior that organizes categories of information and the relationships among them). (Source)

Pareidolia combined with Pinstriping (line art) can produce ambiguous words only imaginable by creative minds. Were you able to see the words written clearly on the photo frame or was it your mind telling you what you saw?

For more unrevealed techniques of Psychic: Season 1, be sure to check out the DVD under the ‘Online Store’ section on our official website, http://www.MagicATOM.com/psychic.

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