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List of Cultural References to Psychokinesis and Telekinesis
Last updated: May 30, 2013
Psychokinesis has a well-established existence as a psychic power in movies, television, literature, and other forms of popular culture.
This is a list of references to psychokinesis and telekinesis in popular culture works.
Movies and television
(including works derived from comic books and novels)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
, Movie (1948): a spoof horror comedy. In it, Bela Lugosi as Dracula could shape-shift into and back from a large flying bat at will.
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
, TV series (2002 - 2006): the first computer-generated animated series, based on the 2001 theatrically released animated film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, also computer generated.
- "Sheen's Brain" (2004), an episode that had Jimmy's friend Sheen gaining vast psychokinetic abilities from an experiment gone wrong.
Adventures of Superman
, TV series (1952 - 1958): in the 1958 color episode "The Mysterious Cube," Superman (played by George Reeves) learned how to phase through matter, in this case, walk through the wall of a thick concrete bunker.
Akira (animated film)
, Movie (1988): was a Japanese anime film based on the manga of the same name. In the movie version the character Tetsuo and Akira (although he has died by the time of the events of the film) develop telekinetic powers. Tetsuo's grow out of his control and result in the destruction of Neo-Tokyo.
, Movie (2006): A Bollywood film similar to the movie Powder about a light-skinned youth who has psychic powers. Also titled Alag: He Is Different . . . He Is Alone . . .
, TV series (2011 - 2012): was an American show that ran for two seasons featuring U.S. government investigators and foes with advanced human abilities, some of which were PK related. It was narrated by and starred David Strathairn as the team leader.
, Movie (1980): about researching sensory deprivation with unintended physical effects, such as shape-shifting, as experienced by actor William Hurt's character and unintentionally, that of actress Blair Brown. Based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky.
, TV series (1999 - 2004): starred actor David Boreanaz as the title character vampire who fought on the side of good against other vampires and demons and who could shape-shift into a normal looking human. The episode "Untouched" shows Bethany Chaulk, a telekinetic girl whose powers were developed due the trauma of being sexually abused by her father.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
, TV series (2005 - 2008): An American-produced series set in an Asian fantasy world where there are "Benders" who can control the natural elements of water, earth, fire, and air.
, TV series (1993 - 1998): the episode "Mind War" was about various psychic powers, including PK/TK. In it, the Psi Cop character Jason Ironheart develops uncontrollable "mindquakes" so powerful they shake the space station. The last scene had the psychic character Talia Winters, played by Andrea Thompson, alone in her quarters on the space station moving a U.S. penny across a tabletop using telekinesis as a test to see if she had that advanced power. Guest starring were Walter Koenig as Bester, Felicity Waterman as Kelsey, and William Allen Young Ironheart. Telekinetics were known as "teeks" in the series. There were also made-for-TV movies and spin-off series after the original series ended. See Babylon 5 media franchise.
, Movie (2013): a teenage witch learns on her sixteeth birhday whether she will be a good witch or evil witch, a fate not of her choosing. Based on the novel of the same title by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Starred Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, and Emma Thompson.
TV series (1964 - 1972): Samantha, played by Elizabeth Montgomery, as well as other witches, used magic to move objects on occasion. The TV series inspired a theatrical film of the same title that starred Nicole Kidman and a spinoff half-hour comedy Tabitha (1977), about Samantha's daughter, played by blonde-haired Lisa Hartman, who had the powers of a witch, which included TK.
Beyond Witch Mountain
, Movie (1982): a sequel to the 1978 film Return from Witch Mountain, which itself was a sequel to the original Escape to Witch Mountain (1975). Two humanoid alien children with PK powers. Disney films.
such as The Ten Commandments (1956) and Jesus of Nazareth (1977) usually include a display of divinely powered psychokinesis.
Birds of Prey
, TV series (2002 - 2003): the character Black Canary had a daughter who possessed the powers of telekinesis and telepathy.
The Bishop's Wife
, Movie (1947): A Christmas film that starred Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. Grant played an angel sent to help Niven's character a Bishop, and his wife. The only Cary Grant movie in which he portrayed a character that had superpowers. In one scene he caused a Christmas tree to become instantly decorated and in another a typewriter to type on its own.
- The Preacher's Wife, Movie (1996): a remake that starred Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington as the angel.
The Brass Bottle
, Movie (1964): starred Burl Ives as the character Fakrash, a djinn, or genie, with magical powers who is released by Tony Randall's character Harold Ventimore. His human girlfriend, Sylvia Kenton, was played by Barbara Eden and this role helped her to get her own series I Dream of Jeannie.
The Brother From Another Planet
, Movie (1984): a dramatic comedy that starred Black/African American actor Joe Morton as the otherwise unnamed titled character, a human-looking alien with TK and PK healing powers who crashes in New York harbor and makes his way through the city while being pursued by two White human-looking aliens who want to return him to their planet.
, Movie (2003): starred Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan, a man who was given god-level PK ability for awhile, with comedic results. Also starred actor Morgan Freeman as God.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
, TV series (1979 - 1981): several episodes featured telekinesis.
- "Twiki Is Missing" (1980): had actresses Anne-Marie Martin, Bebe Louie and Eugenia Wright as the Omniguard, a trio of women with PK powers.
- "The Plot to Kill a City" (1979), a two-part episode in which the character Jolen Quince, played by John Quade, was a telekinetic member of the Legion of Death, a group of super-powered criminals.
- "Journey to Oasis" (1981): had a blue-skinned, genetically engineered imp, played by actor Felix Silla, who was also the short-heighted body actor for the robot Twiki. The imp character used telekinesis for mischievous pranks.
- "Shgoratchx!" (1981): featured seven eccentric and amorous Zirdonians, dwarfish humanoids who could "on-think" to activate or repair devices, or "off-think" to switch off or remove things (in one memorable scene, the Zirdonians try to off-think Colonel Deering's uniform.
- List of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episodes
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, TV series (1997 - 2003): Numerous characters and beings that posseessed PK talents, including shapeshifting vampires, demons, and witches. See List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer characters. The series was based on the 1992 film of the same title.
, Movie (1988): It was about a young boy with telekinetic powers that increased enough to open a gateway in which a demon entered, living in his closet.
, Short film (2010): An employee of a company makes contact with a secret society that has had success in wishing people dead. Starred Robert Picardo, Tom Gulager and Meghan Markle. Duration: 19 minutes.
, TV series (1991 - 1992). During this first-run syndicated version of the famous TV series hosted by comedian Dom DeLuise and actress Eva LaRue as co-host, one episode featured a segment involving a woman seated at a conference table in a room with a guest subject. The woman pretended to have a headache and while rubbling her fingers on the sides of her head an ash tray moved down the length of the table to the astonishment of the guest subject and amusement of the television audience who were in on the joke.
, Movie (1976): based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Actress Sissy Spacek portrayed a troubled high school student with telekinetic powers. Director Brian de Palma noted that the film is "basically about adolescent trauma. Her telekinesis is an extension of her anger." Sissy Spacek was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal. Co-star Piper Laurie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
- Carrie, Movie (2002): a TV movie remake that starred Angela Bettis and Emilie de Ravin.
- The Rage: Carrie 2, Movie (1999): a theatrically released sequel to the original 1976 film that starred Emily Bergl as a telekinetic teen relative of the original Carrie.
- Carrie: The Musical, Stage play (various, 1988-present): first produced in 1988 with a run on Broadway. A new version titled Carrie begins a Broadway run on March 1, 2012.
- Carrie, Movie (2013): a new version again based on the Stephen King novel with Chloe Moretz in the title role. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - 1 HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - 2 VARIETY
The Cat From Outer Space
, Movie (1978): Tech-assisted telekinesis (levitation) via the Cat's collar, who was an alien in this Disney comedy.
, Movie (in development). Based on the early twentieth century investigator of reports of the paranormal, including levitation. Plot details unknown. Article (Oct 6, 2011): HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
, TV series (1998 - 2006): Magical PK was featured frequently throughout the series by numerous good and evil characters: witches, warlocks, demons and other magical and godly beings. Every episode had some form of PK in it, even the opening credits sequence. Starred Shannen Doherty as Prue Haliwell (telekinetic), Holly Marie Combs as Piper Halliwell (freeze objects in place & cause objects to explode), Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell (premontions, levitation), and Rose McGowan as long-lost half sister, Paige Matthews (telekinetic orbing).
usually have a miracle of some kind or feature Santa Claus performing PK, such as teleporting. Note: the Wikipedia List of Christmas Films (linked here) is not complete.
, Movie (2012): Three teenage boys acquire telekinetic superpowers after touching a mysterious object underground in the woods. Told with found footage and security camera elements. A sequel is in development.
, French animated TV series (2003 - 2007): the character Yumi Ishiyama had the power of telekinesis in the virtual world of Lyoko.
Conan the Barbarian
, Movie (1982): a wizard character played by Japanese-American actor Mako had telekinetic abilities. His character also narrated the film. A sequel, Conan the Destroyer (1984), also featured the wizard character.
- Creepers. See Phenomena.
, Movie (2006): about powerful teenage descendants of a 17th-century coven of Witches. Starred Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey, and Jessica Lucas.
, animated TV series (2004 - 2007): the main character battles many ghosts with several Psychic abilities, including telekinesis.
, Movie (1998): a human with PK is being chased by mysterious aliens, who also have PK.
, Movie (in development). Based on the Marvel comics character. He is an expert assassin and mercenary who has super-healing abilities.
, Movie (1984): it starred Dennis Quaid as one of two medical research center operatives who could enter a patient's fantasy-filled dream and affect the person physically for good or ill in the real world. Also in the film were actors Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert (as the U.S. president), Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly (as a rival bad-guy psychic), and George Wendt
, TV series (various; 1963 - present):
- "The Empty Child" (2005): a small boy who has been brought back to life by "nanogenes" has the power to close a door, make phone calls and set clockwork toys working with his mind.
The Echo Game
, Movie (2009): A mother tries to protect her young daughter, who has psychic powers including TK, from an evil female scientist who wants to steal them. Unusual for the genre in that it includes a same-sex parent/lesbian plot element.
, TV series (2004): mutated humans known as "diclonius" manifest telekinetic powers in the form of long, transluscent 'arms' in this Japanese animated show that ran for 13 episodes.
, Movie (2006): A fantasy sword and sorcery movie based on the #1 New York Times best-selling novel. Various characters have PK-type powers. The princess elf Arya, portrayed by Sienna Guillory, can teleport objects.
Escape to Witch Mountain
, Movie (1975): was a Walt Disney film based on the 1968 novel by Alexander Key that had two young humanoid alien children who levitated objects, among other mental powers. It starred Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann as the two young aliens and in the adult roles, Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, and Donald Pleasence. A 1995 TV remake with the same title was based on the novel. In the cast of that were Elisabeth Moss and Erik von Detten as the children and Robert Vaughn, Vincent Schiavelli, and Brad Dourif in the adult roles. See also: Return from Witch Mountain (1978), Beyond Witch Mountain (1982), Race to Witch Mountain (2009).
E.T. The Extraterrestrial
, Movie (1982): the title alien in this Steven Spielberg film could make bicycles with their riders fly through the air. In an earlier scene, E.T. levitated balls and made them spin in mid-air. The movie made child actress Drew Barrymore famous. Her next movie after this was Firestarter.
, TV series (2006 - present): set in a fictional town called Eureka, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., weekly stories involve resident geniuses and scientists whose work and hobbies create strange problems and world-threatening technological mishaps for the local sheriff to resolve.
- "Invincible" (2006) was about a scientist who accidentally gained fantastic mental powers, including telekinesis.
fairy tales / mythology
, such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella and other forms of mythology often have beings or creatures who have some type of PK-related power. See also:
, TV series (1999 - 2002, 2005 - present):
- In "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1", the "SuperGriffins" segment features the Griffins gaining super-powers from toxic waste, with baby Stewie gaining a giant, bulbous head and telekinetic powers.
Fantastic Four (film series)
, Movies (2005 - 2007): featured a team of humans with various superpowers activated at will.
, Movie (2009): a plotline involving a prison character who has fire-igniting pyrokinesis and is seeking revenge. First shown on TV.
, Movie (1984): a major studio-released film in which the child character Charlie, played by Drew Barrymore, had pyrokinesis with fireballs directed by TK and was able to make a pay phone eject its coins. Her father also made two bad guys blind using psychic power. Based on the Stephen King novel.
, Movie (1956): this classic sci-fi movie featured a human scientist on an alien planet using an advanced machine to turn his subconscious thoughts into reality. The machine earlier destroyed the Krell, the alien race that constructed it. Technology-assisted PK.
, Movie (1996): featured Chuck Norris as a mysterious mountain man who could transmute himself into various animals to battle real estate developers.
, TV series (2004 - 2007): pronounced "The Forty-four Hundred" and about humans who were abducted by other humans from the future, given powers, and then sent back to "re-seed" the population with people who would have additional tools available to them to help save mankind from a doomed future. One of the abductees, Richard Tyler, played by Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, was an African-American who was abducted in 1951. By the end of season two, he discovered his hidden ability for telekinesis which improved and grew stronger as the series progressed. The story was primarily set in Seattle, Washington, USA, but was filmed in nearby Canada. There were 45 episodes.
, Movie (1959): two future Star Trek original series guest actors, Robert Lansing and Lee Meriwether, star in this film about a research scientist who discovers a way to walk through walls using psychokinesis, ostensibly by speeding up the atoms in his body in space-time and slipping through. However, this caused a side effect of aging in the process. In the first minutes of the film, a pencil is successfully pushed through a block of metal. Later, accidentally, Lansing's chracter pushes his hand through, which gets painfully stuck. The film's music is 1950's jazz style and the ending title card says "The End?" after the 4D Man phases slowly through a laboratory wall escaping after being shot. There was no sequel.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
, Movie (1988): the main character Tina Shepard accidentally resurrects the killer Jason Voorhees with her psychokinetic ability and then later uses her ability to fight him.
, TV series (2008 - present): one of the main characters, FBI Agent Olivia Dunham, played by Anna Torv, has various mild psychokinetic powers due to being part of a science experiment involving a mind-enhancing chemical while a young child.
, Movie (1978): a major studio film about young people with deadly PK powers. It starred Kirk Douglas, Andrew Stevens, and Amy Irving, the latter two the psychics and Douglas the father searching for his son played by Stevens. Features a human explosion scene by psychic powers near the end that predates the exploding head scene in Scanners (1981). Music by John Williams.
, Movie (1984): in it, ghosts and other supernatural creatures are composed of negatively charged psychokinetic energy. This energy, called PKE, was featured and mentioned extensively in the first two movies and animated series. Also, the Ghostbusters developed a device called a PKE meter for the purpose of measuring the amount of psychokinetic energy in an area. The ghostbusters were played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. The subsequent movies and TV series closed the space in the title and were named Ghostbusters. As the top grossing comedy of the 1980's, even Fisher Investments reviews would have to list this franchise as one of the most successful investments of all time.
, TV series (2006): in this Japanese series based on the light novels by Fuyumi Ono, there is an explanation of PK types, which are divided into PK-ST, the ability to influence still objects (e.g. spoon bending), PK-MT, the ability to control moving objects (e.g. make the dice roll two when you want it roll a two) and PK-LT, the ability to influence living things (e.g. numerous curses and mind control).
The Green Lantern
, Movie (2011): Based on the Marvel comic book character, Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, aka Green Lantern, could use his will power to access the green-colored energy from his power ring to create objects and energy effects. The large-headed character of Hector Hammond, played by Peter Sarsgaard, also specifically has telekinesis given to him as a result of exposure to radiation from a meteorite.
The Green Mile
, Movie (1999): starred Tom Hanks as a prison guard and Michael Clarke Duncan an an imate sentenced to death who has the power to heal. Set in 1999 with the majority of the story as a flashback to 1935 Louisiana. Based on the 1996 Stephen King novel. The film was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture and a supporting actor nomination for Duncan.
, TV series, films, multimedia (1979 - present): in the Japanese animated Gundham timelines and worlds, there is a type of evolved human being known as a Newtype, predominantly in the Universal Century timeline. This happens when humanity begins to migrate to space, and to adapt to the new environment humanity begins to slowly evolve to adapt to space. Although Newtypes mostly exhibit enhanced senses and varying degrees of heightened mental awareness, they have sometimes performed amazing feats that are very telekinetic. For example, the main protagonist of the animated series Zeta Gundam, Camille Vidan, has his titular Mobile Suit perform far beyond its expected performance with the power of his mind during instances where he becomes deeply enraged. There are also Newtype-only weapons known as "Funnels" which are psychically controlled modules which are used to remotely attack enemies mentally.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
, TV series (1995 - 1999): starred Kevin Sorbo as Hercules and Michael Hurst as his sidekick Iolaus. It was set in ancient Greece and the world of Olympic gods, the latter who would exhibit various advanced PK powers such as teleportation and object disintegration. The companion show which featured many of the same characters was Xena: Warrior Princess.
, TV series (2006 - 2010): the serial killer Sylar played by Zachary Quinto had numerous acquired paranormal talents, including telekinetic abilities, as does the character Peter Petrelli, portrayed by Milo Ventimiglia. See List of characters in Heroes for all the characters and their special abilities.
, TV series (2004 - 2008): the main character Cassie Hughes and replacement character Ella Dee, as well as Cassie's son Malachi all possessed an inherent witch power of telekinesis.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
, Movie (2012): a prequel series to Lord of the Rings that once again includes the magical wizards Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Saruman (Christopher Lee).
, Movie (1993): A Disney comedy about three hanged witches from Salem, Massachusetts in 1693 who are brought back from death on Halloween 300 years later in 1993 and cause havoc. It starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the witches.
I Am Number Four
, Movie (2011): featured human-looking aliens on Earth with various PK powers, including telekinesis.
I Dream of Jeannie
, TV series (1965 - 1970): about a 2000-year-old shapely blonde female genie living in a bottle found by astronaut Major Tony Nelson, portrayed by Larry Hagman. Jeannie, portrayed by Barbara Eden, had various PK abilities, such as telekinesis, teleportation, and transmutation. See also the 1964 theatrical movie The Brass Bottle, above.
- I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later, TV movie (1985): a sequel to the series; Barbara Eden, Wayne Rogers, Bill Daily.
- I Still Dream of Jeannie, TV movie (1991): another sequel; Barbara Eden, Christopher Bolton, Bill Daily.
- Jeannie, TV series (1973-1975): a half-hour animated series loosley based on the 1960s live-action series. None of the characters and situations were the same, however. Jeannie was a pony-tailed redhead voiced by Julie McWhirter and the "master" character was a high-school student voiced by Star Wars actor Mark Hamill.
The Initiation of Sarah
, Movie (1978): starred Kay Lenz as a beautiful, shy college girl who uses her telekinetic talents to get revenge against a rival sorority. A TV movie inspired by the success of 1976's Carrie. Trivia: One of the co-writers of the teleplay, Don Ingalls, also wrote the script for the classic Star Trek episodes "The Alternative Factor" (1967) and "A Private Little War" (1968) and wrote for many other 1960s and 1970s TV series.
In Search of...
, TV series (1976 - 1982): a half-hour documentary-type series narrated by Leonard Nimoy that included dramatic recreations and speculative versions of events, including of the paranormal and other mysteries.
- The Castle of Secrets episode was about the mystery of the Coral Castle in Florida. It explored different posibilities as to how its small-statured builder, Edward Leedskalnin, could have constructed it on his own. One scene showed him holding out his hands and arms in the air employing telekinesis to levitate a huge rectangular block of coral inches off the ground, but then he stops suddenly as he realizes, apparently by psychic means, he is being secretly watched from the woods by two young people with binoculars. He smiles and waves at them before walking away. The episode first aired in the United States on January 24, 1981.
, TV series (1964 - 1965; 1986 - 1987): an animated series with a more serious tone about an 11-year-old American boy who accompanies his government scientist and others on world aventures. The character Hadji was a Hindu Indian youth, also 11, adopted by the scientist father. He could summon telekinetic powers by outstetching his arms and reciting a chant. In one episode he levitated a sleeping man off the ground.
, Movie (2008): the main character played by Hayden Christensen is able to teleport, or "jump," instantly using mind power. Other characters also have the same ability in this sci-fi film.
Kiss Daddy Goodbye
, Movie (1981): a young boy and girl with TK powers reanimate their murdered father, who was killed by a motorcycle gang. The children move objects around and have their zombie-looking dead dad drive them around by car.
Krabat The Sorcerer's Apprentice
, Movie (1978): an animated Czechoslovakian film based on the 1971 book "Krabat" and a Sorbian folk tale. A poor begger boy learns black magic while working at a sorcerer's mill.
The Last Airbender
, Movie (2010): set in an Asian fantasy world where there are special people called "Benders" who can control the elements of water, earth, fire, and air. Based on the first season of the TV series Avatar:_The_Last_Airbender
The Lawnmower Man
, Movie (1992): the title character Job eventually develops mental powers including telekinesis as a result of a scientist's (actor Pierce Brosnan's) experiment. In one scene, he mentally squeezes toothpaste out of a tube in his bathroom and in another levitates a chair high into the air as Brosnan's character watches in amazement. There was a 1996 sequel with different lead actors Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace. Video title: Lawnmower Man 2: Jobe's War. In that, however, Job was a virtual character.
The Legend of the Lost Keys
, TV series (1998): was a British (BBC produced) fictional children's show about twins who went on holiday (vacation) with their uncle, whom they discovered was an alien protecting a magic box that opened a gateway to his home planet. The uncle had TK powers. The series ran 10 episodes.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
, TV series (1993 - 1997): based on the DC Comics superhero.
- "The Family Hour" (1997): the series finale episode featured a cartoonish big-headed villain named "Fat Head" played by comedian Harry Anderson, who had TK powers.
, Movie (2012): a time travel actioner about hit men whose targets are sent from the future. Two of the characters, Emily Blunt as Sara and Pierce Gagnon as Cid, have telekinetic powers. Starring as the primary characters: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Young Joe and Bruce Willis as Old Joe.
The Lord of the Rings (film series)
, Movies (2001 - 2003): featured the wizards Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Saruman (Christopher Lee) who had magical powers. The two characters continue in a prequel series beginning with The Hobbit in 2012.
, Movie (2014): Scarlett Johansson plays Lucy, a woman who is forced to transport illegal drugs. The drugs are unintentionally absorbed into her system and give her psychic powers, such as absorbing knowledge, empathy, and telekinesis.
The Lost Symbol
, Movie (in development): based on the Dan Brown Novel, this film is expected to include references to mind-over-matter research if it follows the book.
Mai, the Psychic Girl
, Movie (in development): based on the Japanese graphic novels. IMDb
, TV series (1983: starred British actor Simon MacCorkindale as a millionaire professor who could change himself into animals and fight crime. It was canceled after two months. From the opening narration, voiced by deep-voiced William Conrad: ". . . master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man. . . Manimal!"
- Manimal, Movie (?): a live-action/CGI movie version was announced as being in development in September 2012, headed by the TV series' creator Glen A. Larson.
The Man Who Could Work Miracles
, Movie (1936): based on the 1911 short story by H. G. Wells, it portrays a character named George Fotheringay, played by Roland Young, with vast psychokinetic powers given to him by angels. Arguing in a bar, Fotheringay tries to make a hypothetical point by saying "to that lamp, as I might do, collecting all my will, 'Turn upsy-down without breaking, and go on burning steady, andHullo!'" Wells writes, "The impossible, the incredible, was visible to them all. The lamp hung inverted in the air, burning quietly with its flame pointing down." The lead character goes on to make increasingly dramatic demonstrations of his power, ultimately stopping the earth's rotation.
, Movie (1996): based on the children's novel of the same title by author Roald Dahl, the title child character has telekinesis. In the movie she was played by Mara Wilson. The comedy film was produced, directed, and narrated by Danny DeVito, who also acted it with his wife Rhea Perlman, the two of them playing Matilda's neglectful parents. Actress Embeth Davidtz played a kind teacher who helped Matilda.
- Matilda, a stage musical first performed in England in 2010 and produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
, Movie (1999): the film's hero Neo can perform acts of psychokinesis when wired into the computer Matrix. It starred Keanu Reeves (Neo), Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano.
The Medusa Touch
, Movie (1978): Richard Burton played John Morlar, a man with telekinetic powers in this British film based on the novel of the same title by Peter Van Greenaway. Among his crimimal uses of TK, he caused an automobile to push his parents off a cliff as a child, an airliner to crash into a London skycraper, and a cathedral's roof to collapse on the inhabitants below. Also starred Lee Remick and Lino Ventura. Includes archival footage of Nina Kulagina shown on a TV set while a French detective (Ventura, his character on exchange in London) watches a research VHS videotape about telekinesis. That tape also shows a fictional school teacher breaking a large pane of glass outdoors in a TK demonstration for scientists. As he watches in quiet amazement, his character utters the single word "telekinesis," pronouncing it in his French accent as "tel-e-keh-neh-sis . . ."
, TV miniseries (1998): about the King Aurthur legend, with magical wizardry performed by Merlin and others. Starred Sam Neill in the title role and Miranda Richardson as the goddess queen Mab.
- Merlin's Apprentice, TV miniseries (2006): sequel to the above, again with Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson.
The Men Who Stare at Goats
, Movie (2009): a comedy, featured George Clooney as a U.S. soldier who had the ability to stop a goat's heart using PK.
, Movie (1987): a shy male librarian uses a book about positive thinking to acquire psychic powers, which he uses to attract women. A horror film that starred Joe McDonald.
, Movie (1992): A blonde genie named Jeannie, played by Ami Dolenz, helps a beach guy (Dean Cameron) with her magic. Also starred Felicity Waterman as a beautiful British supermodel he obsesses over and to which Jeannie's powers cannot work because she cannot control matters of love. Dean Cain, TV's future Superman ("Lois & Clark") had a small part as a vollyball player.
Miracle in Milan
, Movie (1951): an Italian black-and-white film that features magical happenings. The ending has dozens of townspeople flying up into the sky and into the distance on broomsticks.
, TV series (2003): an investigator played by Skeet Ulrich looks into reports of miracles for the Catholic Church.
- the pilot episode "The Ferguson Syndrome", featured a young boy named Tommy Ferguson who had the power to heal, at the cost of draining his own life each time.
, TV series (2009 - present): Set in London, it is about a group of young offenders who acquire superpowers, some of which are PK related, such as invisibility, self-duplication, gender shape-shifting, time travel, and resurrection.
Misfits of Science
, TV series (1985 - 1986): A young Courteney Cox played a telekinetic teenager in the short-lived TV series. Other characters had different powers.
, Movie (1981): Chevy Chase played an air traffic controller who is exposed to nuclear waste and develops telekinesis in this comedy.
, Movie (2003): was about good telekinetic government agents versus a groups of bad TKers and starred Louis Gossett Jr., Teri Hatcher, and Grayson McCouch, among others.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
, Movie (2013): based on the first in a series of novels by Cassandra Clare. Teenaged character Clary Fray is a descendant of Shadowhunters, who are half-human, half-angel warriors who use their supernatural powers to battle demons.
, TV series (2001 - 2004): was a syndicated television series created by Marvel Studios that featured characters with various genetically obtained powers, some with PK. The similar nature to Marvel's X-Men properties caused lawsuits filed by 20th Century Fox, who had acquired the film rights from Marvel to make X-Men movies.
My Favorite Martian
, TV series (1963 - 1966): when uncle Martin (the Martian), played by Ray Walston, pointed his finger at objects, they moved. Also starred Bill Bixby as the earthling he roomed with.
No Ordinary Family
, TV series (2010 - 2011): a recurring character named Joshua had temporary telekinetic powers as a result of a scientist's injection.
The Omen (film series)
Movies (various; 1976 - 2006): featured stories about the Antichrist of Bible origin in contemporary times. The films made effective use of Oscar-winning music by composer Jerry Goldsmith during scenes in which the Antichrist Damien Thorn used psychic powers sourced from Satan, the devil.
- The Omen, Movie (1976): Damien as a young child.
- Damien: Omen II, Movie (1978): Has a good scene with accompanying "Omen" music where teenager Damien attacks a bully by psychic means in a hallway at military school.
- Omen III: The Final Conflict, Movie (1981): Damien is potrayed as an adult, age 32, played by Sam Neill.
- Omen IV: The Awakening, Movie (1991): a made-for-television movie about the young daughter of Damien Thorn. She was played by Asia Vieira.
- The Omen (2006): a remake of the first film. Also titled The Omen: 666. It starred Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles as the parents and child actor Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick as Damien.
The Outer Limits
, TV series (1963 - 1965): episodes that featured PK:
- "The Man With the Power" (1963) featured actor Donald Pleasance as a scientist whose mind implant gives him deadly telekinetic powers.
- "The Sixth Finger" (1963), a scientist's experiment transforms actor David McCallum's character into a super-advanced human. One of his powers is telekinesis.
- "The Children of Spider County" (1964). Actor Kent Smith played a shape-shifting alien who could also emit PK power from his brightly glowing eyes when activated.
The Outer Limits
, TV series (1995 - 2002): PK episodes:
- "The Choice" (1995, first season) featured actress Thora Birch as a young girl with PK.
- "Josh" (1998, fourth season) was about a man who had miraculous paranormal powers. In the opening scene a blonde reporter and her cameraman record footage of the 30-something man miraculously healing a collapsed man in the woods with the familiar hand-to-body light-glow effect common to paranormal healers in both film and television. The footage is shown on the news, the man is captured by the government, and by episode's end, he is back in the woods rising into the sky. The narration and script overall posit the question, was this an alien god who returned to earth after 2,000 years? The character Josh was played by actor Alex McArthur.
- "Monster" (1998, fourth season), actor Harry Hamlin starred, and it was about a group of government psychic assassins who could kill a human target anywhere in the world by watching him on live television and activating their PK ability in a jointly concentrated effort.
Oz: The Great and Powerful
, Movie (2013): A prequel of sorts of "The Wizard of Oz" story; based on the 1900 novel, not the 1939 movie, that tells the story of the wizard's arrival in the Land of Oz. It has the three familiar witches with magical powers. Stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and others. Due out in 2013.
, Movie (2012): A college teacher uses his students as telekinesis test subjects without their knowledge. Written, directed, and produced by Dan McCarthy. (This film is currently on the film festival circuit and may not yet have a commercial distributor. A clip is available online.)
, Movie (1978): starred Robert Thompson as an patient in a coma at a hospital who communicates with a nurse by activating an electric typewriter and who uses his PK to control others, including a nurse who wants him dead.
- An Italian-made sequel to the Australian-made original was titled Patrick Still Lives (1980).
- Parick, Movie (2013): A remake of the 1978 original set in modern times and made by the same producer, Antony I. Ginnane. Stars Jackson Gallagher as Patrick.
, Movie (1972): made for television, it starred William Shatner and Kim Darby. It had a scene of outdoor levitation of aliens in human form tens of feet into the air. The setting was a remote rural community.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
, Movie (2010): featured god-level psychokinesis. Percy was the half-god son of the Olympic god Poseidon, played by Logan Lerman. The movie was based on the book The Lightning Thief by author Rick Riordan.
, Movie (1979): the Tall Man, played by Angus Scrimm, exhibited PK abilities in this horror film, often using them to trick or kill people.
- Phantasm II, Movie (1988): sequel, also known as Phantasm II: The Ball is Back!. Mike, played by James LeGros, acquired PK abilities from the Sentinel Sphere embedded in his head. He tried to use these abilities to kill the Tall Man and failed.
- Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, Movie (1994): sequel.
- Phantasm IV Oblivion, Movie (1998): final film to date in the series.
, Movie (1985): was a horror movie set at a Swiss boarding school. In it Jennifer Connolly played a girl who could control insects and other bugs with her mind, either by telepathy, PK, or a combination of both. Alternate U.S. release title: Creepers
, Movie (1996): starred John Travolta as ordinary guy George Malley who develops telekinetic powers as a result of an eventually fatal brain tumor. In the movie, he made a pen and pair of sunglasses spin, a book cover open, and wooden boards move. The film also included the original hit song "Change The World" by Eric Clapton. Also in the cast were Kyra Sedgwick, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker, and Richard Kiley.
- Phenomenon II, Movie (2003): a made-for-television remake that starred Christopher Shyer, Jill Clayburgh, Terry O'Quinn, and Peter Coyote.
, TV series, Movies (1997 - present): many of the cartoon characters possess telekinetic abilities in this Japanese anime. Based on the successful video games.
, Movie (1995): profoundly white-skinned Sean Patrick Flanery played the role of Jeremy "Powder' Reed, a bald albino youth who had various psychic powers, including control over electromagnetic forces. Also starred Jeff Goldblum, Mary Steenburgen, and Lance Henriksen.
, Movie (1968): a man with PK powers is murdering fellow scientists at a research laboratory. It was based on the novel of the same title by Frank M. Robinson and starred George Hamilton, Michael Rennie, Suzanne Pleshette, and various familar character actors of the period. The film includes a scene showing an early example, perhaps the first, of moving a "psi wheel" using telekinesis. In the scene, the psi wheel is on a tabletop and as it spins, witnesses seated around the table watch with amazed looks on their faces as a character uses telekinesis to cause it to spin. (French title: The War of the Brains).
, TV series, Movies (1993-2009; 2011-present): in this universe, the title characters can transmogrify, or "morph," into colored-costumed characters who have various super powers. The young male Red Space Ranger character Andros from the planet KO-35 has innate telekinetic abilities.
Project Human Weapon
Movie (2000): was about TK and starred Judge Reinhold and William Zabka. Also titled Mindstorm
, Movie (1968): starred Christopher George as a U.S. government agent whose mind possesses a secret that could destroy the U.S. in a secret plot by China. In an attempt to get the secret, he unleashes a major mental power and creates a "psychic tornado." Also starred Monte Markham. The film was directed by William Castle.
Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal
TV series (1996 - 2000): episodes with PK storylines:
Movie (1975): a low budget film that starred Jim Hutton (father of the actor Timothy Hutton) as a prison inmate who uses psychokinetic astral projection to venture to the outside to seek revenge. Also starred Paul Burke, Julie Adams, and other familiar character actors.
, Movie (2009): a film with a PK plot set in Hong Kong that starred Chris Evans as a "Mover, Dakota Fanning, and others with psychic powers on the run from a secret U.S. government agency called "the Division."
Race to Witch Mountain
, Movie (2009): a remake of the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain. Actor Dwayne Johnson portrays a cab driver who assists two humanoid alien children who have PK abilities in returning to their spaceship. Both the original and 2009 remake are Disney films.
The Rage: Carrie II
, Movie (1999): a theatrically released sequel to 1976's Carrie, and set after the events of the original film, it starred actress Emily Bergl as Rachel, a high-school teenager who discovers that she is the half sister of the deceased Carrie, with whom they both shared a father. Also starred Amy Irving in the same role she played in the original film, but now an adult.
, TV series (1988 - 1999): a British sci-fi sitcom. In the 1992 episode "Quarantine" both Rimmer and Doctor Langstrom contract a 'holovirus' which gives them telekinetic powers.
, Movie (2012): A psychologist-skeptic portrayed by Sigourney Weaver and a physicist portrayed by Cillian Murphy debunk phony psychics and investigate a famous psychic making a comeback played by Robert De Niro. Includes numerous scenes of alleged telekinetic activity, including black-and-white "archival footage" of a Nina Kulagina-type telekinetic psychic. A notable movie for the genre with two Oscar-winning stars in the leads.
, Movie (1980): Actress Ellen Burstyn played a woman with miraculous paranormal healing powers named Edna Mae McCauley in this film set in rural America. She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal. Co-star Eva Le Gallienne was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. In her 2006 autobiography, Burstein writes at length about the making of the movie and reaction to it, "I still have people approach me on the street and tell me how important the film was in their lives... Some people have told me that they stopped denying their psychic abilities after seeing the film and actually developed them instead of hiding them for fear they'd be thought weird. Some people, many in fact, told me they went into the healing profession because of the film. And others told me about feeling healed by the film."
Return from Witch Mountain
, Movie (1978): was a sequel to the 1975 original Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain (1975).
, TV miniseries (2002): also known as Stephen King's Rose Red and scripted by him, but not based on any of his books. In it, an autistic teenage girl has telekinetic powers.
, TV series (1999 - 2002): and in the book series on which it was based, all three young adult human-looking aliens had various types of psychokinetic powers. The "high-school aged" aliens were played by Jason Behr, Brendan Fehr, and Katherine Heigl. Also starred Shiri Appleby and Majandra Delfino as the boys' girlfriends.
, Movie (2012): A 29-year-old writer, an author of a lone best-selling novel, dreams of a girl who then comes to life in the real world. It starred Paul Dano as novelist Calvin Weir-Fields and Zoe Kazan in the title role. Kazan also wrote the screenplay. Others in the cast included Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, and Elliott Gould.
, TV series (1994 - 1995): a British-produced TV series that had an episode featuring a non-human criminal alien who had telekinetic powers.
, Movie (1977): a high school girl played by Susan Myers who is bullied because of her being overweight (but not obese) gets revenge against her classmates by using her telekinetic powers. First shown on TV and was another movie inspired by the success of Carrie (1976).
, TV series (2004 - 2005): produced in the Philippines, a show about eight children who learn they have special powers. The group's leader, a boy named Red develops telekineis when exposed to a mysterious light from an alien source.
, Movie (1979): a Russian sc-fi film, at the end of which, the Stalker's young daughter is shown moving drinking glasses one by one across a table by telekinesis, with the third one crashing to the floor.
, TV series (1997 - 2007): a team of U.S. military personnel and aliens travel across the universe though stargates exploring and dealing with problems created by unfriendly aliens. Elements of the series that involved psychokinesis include the following: (Note: if you are a Stargate expert, please consider compiling and submitting a list of definite PK-related episode titles.)
Sabrina The Teenage Witch
, TV series (1996 - 2003): A situation comedy based on the comic book of the same title in which good witches Sabrina, a half-witch, and her full-witch aunts often frequently their magical PK powers. Related:
, Movie (1981): about people with deadly telepathic and telekinetic abilities. Sometimes it was hard to tell which they were using when attacking someone's brain or mind. Other incidents were clearly telekinetic based as bad guys were tossed in the air. It starred Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Michael Ironside, and Patrick McGoohan. Directed by David Cronenberg. There were numerous movie sequels and spin-offs:
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
, Movie (2010): the musician character Todd Ingram has telekinetic abilities that are powered by his vegan diet (plant eating). His eyes glow white and an ionic wind surrounds him when he activates his ability.
, Movie (2011): Twin teenage boys Johnah and Seth, played by real-life twins Edmund Entin, Gary Entin use telekinetic / telepathic mind control to murder people.
The Secret World of Alex Mack
, TV series (1994 - 1998): teenage girl Alexandra "Alex" Mack gains telekinesis after being drenched in the chemical GC-161.
, Movie (1982): a horror film about a young anonymous male patient named "John Doe" in a mental institution who has the power to project, or "send," his nightmarish intentions, including acts of telekinesis and telepathy, into reality and the minds of others at the facility. Starred Zeljko Ivanek as the patient and Kathryn Harold as a doctor.
, TV series (1989 - present): Animated comedy. At least one episode included a psychokinesis storyline (there are likely others):
- Treehouse of Horror II (1991), the second annual Halloween special had a segment titled "Bart's Nightmare," which was a spoof of the 1961 Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life."
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
. There have been numerous adaptations of the 1797 poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe about an assistant to a wizard who uses magic to enchant a broom into carrying water buckets with disasterous flooding results:
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice", Segment of the 1940 animated film Fantasia that featured Mickey Mouse as the apprentice, accompanied by the orchestral piece of the same title by composer Paul Dukas.
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Movie (2002): a South African-produced live-action version, set in England, that starred Robert Davi and Kelly LeBrock.
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Movie (2010): a Disney film, featured Nicolas Cage in the title role, who has access to magical powers at will.
, Movie (1984): an alien visitor in the body of a human who had the PK ability to heal, resurrect (a deer that had been killed by a hunter), and move objects, using small handheld special spheres. It starred Jeff Bridges in the title role, Karen Allen, and Richard Jaeckel as a U.S. government agent named George Fox in pursuit. Directed by John Carpenter (Halloween, 1978). Bridges was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. The theme music in both the film and subsequent TV series is excellent.
- List of Stargate SG-1 episodes
- The Ori Priors have psychokinetic abilities that are strong enough to lift a man, or to hurl him several kilometers. Their abilities can be neutralized by specific sound frequencies which interrupt the function of highly evolved sections of their brain.
- The DNA resequencer can give any human or Ancient telekinesis in addition to other powers. Several characters in the show obtained telekinesis this way, including Khalek (who was given his abilities by Anubis), and several unnamed villagers (who were given their abilities by Nirrti).
- Ascended beings can influence the physical world.
, TV series (1966 - 1969): episodes which featured TK/PK: from the original series, in chronological order:
- Starman, (TV series) (1986 - 1987): a spin-off of the theatrical film that starred Robert Hays as the alien and Christopher Daniel Barnes as his half-human son. It depicted their adventures of searching for the boy's mother Jenny Hayden, played by Erin Gray. Pursuing them was a hostile UFO investigator named George Fox (actor Michael Cavanaugh).
Star Trek: The Next Generation
, TV series (1987 - 1994): notably, the character "Q" played by John de Lancie had god-level PK and was featured in numerous storylines, including the series pilot and finale. Episodes with Q and episodes with the Traveler, an alien with powerful mental abilities, including the ability to control space and time are listed separately further below:
- "The Cage" (1966): unaired pilot, scenes from which were used for the two-part epside "The Menagerie."
- "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1966): second pilot featuring the Gary Mitchell storyline about a bridge member who acquires god-level PK powers. Guest starred Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman.
- "Charlie X" (1966): a young man raised by aliens who gave him PK powers comes aboard the Enterprise.
- "The Menagerie" (1966): parts 1 and 2, using footage from "The Cage".
- "Errand of Mercy" (1967): at the end of the episode, the aliens in human form tranform themselves into blinding bright lights and then disappear.
- "Who Mourns for Adonis" (1967): an encounter on a planet with the last of the ancient Greek gods, Apollo).
- "Day of the Dove" (1968): an alien light entity heals injured crew members and Klingons as it instigates them to fight.
- "The Gamesters of Triskelion" (1968): psychic pain-collar activation by prison supervisor, the alien Galt.
- "Plato's Stepchildren" (1968): aliens acquire teleinesis and force Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Nurse Chapel to perform for their amusement. Kirk acquires TK himself and defeats their leader. Includes the famous telekinetic-forced kiss between white Kirk and black Uhura.
- "The Empath" (1968): a mute alien female heals the wounds of the crew, then herself in a test by two aliens to see if her planet's race is worthy of being saved from an impending catastrophe.
- "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969): starred actor Steve Ihnat as a mentally ill former starfleet captain, now calling himself Garth of Izar, who can re-arrange his molecules at will (shapeshift).
- "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" (1969): featured actor Frank Gorshin (the Riddler on the 1960s Batman TV series) as a half black, half white alien who used mind power to take control of the Enterprise's command computer while on the bridge in order to force the ship to take him to his home planet.
- "Unnatural Selection" (Jan 30, 1989): about the genetically engineered children of Darwin Station, who possess telekinesis;
- "The Survivors" (Oct 9, 1989): starred veteran character actor John Anderson as an alien who recreated his wife and home on a destroyed planet and who used god-level PK to make an entire species of aggressive aliens, the Husnock, disappear throughout the universe.
- "Transfigurations" (June 17, 1990): showed an alien played by Mark La Mura on the verge of an evolutionary leap who could heal others with his mind and resist physical attacks.
- "True Q" (Nov 1, 1992): the word "telekinesis" is also specifically used by Q in the episode guest starring Olivia d'Abo as a young female Q.
Star Trek: Deep Space 9
, TV series (1993 - 1999): The character Odo was a series regular and a shapeshifter who changed himself into a liquid and "slept" in a bucket. The god-like character Q made one appearance:
Star Trek: Voyager
, TV series (1995 - 2001): There were at least three episodes that had PK and all were Q storylines:
- "Encounter at Farpoint" (Sep 28, 1987). Pilot episode.
- "Hide and Q" (Nov 23, 1987).
- "Q Who" (May 8, 1989)
- "Déjá Q" (Feb 5, 1990).
- "Tapestry (Feb 15, 1993).
- "All Good Things . . ." (May 23, 1994). Two-hour series finale comprising two episodes.
The Traveler episodes:
- "Where No One Has Gone Before" (Oct 26 1987): young male shipboard member Wesley is the first to observe the Traveler's powers during a propulsion experiment that sends the Enterprise across the universe.
- Remember Me" (Oct 22, 1990): young Wesley creates a warp bubble during an experiment that traps his mother, who believes she is on the Enterprise and everyone is disappearing one by one. The Traveler arrives at the end to save the day. This episode is an example of Wesley causing trouble that led to many viewers disliking the character.
- Journey's End" (Mar 28, 1994): Wesley leaves with the Traveler at the end of the episode to explore the universe.
, Movie and book series (1977 - present): numerous characters, such as the Jedi, have the ability to control the movement of objects using "the Force." In the book Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide it is described this way: "Although such ability is commonly known as a Jedi's 'object movement' power, it is more accurately described as a manipulation of the Forcethe energy field that surrounds and binds everythingto control the direction of objects through space. Jedi utilize this talent not only to push, pull, and lift objects, but also to redirect projectiles and guide their starships through combat."
, TV series (2000 - 2004): in this animated cartoon, the character Madelyn Spaulding develops telekinesis after Static sends a surge of electricity through her brain.
, TV series (2005 - present): two brothers who investigate and fight the evil side of the paranormal. The character Sam Winchester was shown to have the ability to move objects through telekinesis. In addition, several other characters, all psychic children being manipulated by a mysterious yellow-eyed demon, also displayed such abilities. (Note: If you can provide a list of specific episode titles for the above, please submit the info.)
- "Death Wish," (Feb 19, 1996).
- "The Q and the Grey" (Nov 27, 1996).
- "Q2" (Apr 11, 2001): Q brings his mischievous teenage son aboard the Enterprise. In one scene, he make the clothes Seven of Nine is wearing disappear, hoping to get a reaction out of her. It doesn't work and he restores her clothes and walks away. He also summons three Borg ships against Voyager to see how the crew responds.
, Movie (1982): Included scenes of psychic weather control. It starred John Cassavetes, Gina Rowlands, and Susan Sarandon. Based loosely on Shakespeare's play.
- The Tempest, Movie (2010): based on Shakespeare's play, starred Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou, and Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler in X-Men II), among other actors.
, Movie (2011): starred Chris Hemsworth in the title character. Thor did not have PK powers, but his adoptive brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, could shape-shift (transmogrify) and teleport. The evil Frost Giants could shape-shift parts of their body into ice weapons.
The Tomorrow People
, TV series (1973 - 1979; 1992 - 1995; 2001 - 2007): was a British sci-fi series about people with evolved super powers such as telekinesis and teleportation.
Touched by an Angel
, TV series (1994 - 2003): starred Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye, and, in the final three seasons, Valerie Bertinelli as angels in human form operating on Earth to help humans get through difficulties.
Film series (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012): based on the novels, the five films had Native American characters who could transmogrify (shape-shift) themselves into oversized wolves and vampires with supernatual powers. Starred Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner in the lead roles.
The Twilight Zone
, TV series (1959 - 1964; 1985 - 1989; 2002 - 2003), Movie (1983):
- "The Prime Mover" (Mar 24, 1961), starred Buddy Ebsen as a worker in a roadside diner who had strong telekinetic power, enough to flip over a car that had been overturned in a nighttime accident. His friend coaxed him into using his power gambling in Las Vegas at the craps table.
- "The Mind and the Matter" (May 12, 1961) was an episode about an office worker who developed strong PK after reading a book of the same title.
- ""It's a Good Life" (Nov 3, 1961), the child character played by Billy Mumy had incredible psychokinetic powers.
, Movie (2005): A Disney made-for-TV movie that starred real-life twin sisters Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry as separated-at-birth twin witches ("Twitches") who discover each other later as teenagers and that they are good witches. They have the power to move objects and other magical abilities when in each other's presence. Based on the best selling series of children's books.
- Twitches Too (2007), a sequel starring the same two actresses.
TV series (1987 - 1999; 2001 - 2002; 2008 - 2010: Some episodes included segments on psychokinesis-related claimants. These stories were told using dramatic recreations. There may be more than the two listed below. Descriptions are from the TV Guide loglines at the time:
- Tina Resch/Columbus poltergeist: August 4, 1993; season 5, episode #249, "Reports include . . . the unusual brain-wave activity of a 14-year-old Columbus, Ohio, girl.
- Electric lady: August 4, 1995; season 7, episode #344, "An episode about the paranormal includes a story about a woman's electrical psychokinetic powers."
, TV series (1997 - 1998): was an American-produced show starring John Corbett as a pilot who was abducted by aliens in the Bermuda Triangle during World War II and returned to Earth 50 years later with mysterious abilities, including healing. In one episode, he also levitated. The series was created by A-list filmmakers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, who made Stargate and Independence Day.
Walker, Texas Ranger
, TV series (1993 - 2005): an usual episode for this otherwise straight crime drama series titled "Brainchild" (1997) was about Walker, played by Chuck Norris, rescuing a child who had TK powers from a research center.
, Movie (2009): based on the 1986 - 1987 DC comic book series, the character Doctor Manhattan had god-level psychokinetic powers.
- In the anime
Weiß Kreuz (Weiss Kreuz)
, TV series (1998; 2002 - 2003): Villian Naoe Nagi of the assassin team Schwarz displayed PK abilities many times throughout the series.
- Witch Mountain. See: Escape to Witch Mountain (1975, 1995), Return from Witch Mountain (1978), Beyond Witch Mountain (1982), Race to Witch Mountain (2009).
The Witches of Eastwick
, Movie (1987): Jack Nicolson's devilish character had telekinesis. The movie was based on the novel by John Updike. There has also been various TV series pilot versions and stage musicals (see Wikipedia article).
Witch Hunter Robin
, TV series (2002): certain witches have the power to control the movement of objects such as trash cans at will.
, Movie (2013): another film starring Hugh Jackman as the Marvel comics title character who can heal himself quickly and make sharp metal claws emerge from his hands. Famke Janssen's telekinetic X-Men character Jean Grey also appears in a flashback scene. See also "X-Men (film series)" below for more Wolverine apearances.
, TV series (1975 - 1979): An American-produced series based on the DC Comics character. It starred Lynda Carter in the title role.
- "The Man Who Could Move the World" 1977. Plot (from Wikipedia list of Wonder Woman episodes): A Japanese American man who had been in an internment camp during World War II blames Wonder Woman for the death there of his brother. He has developed telekinetic powers and uses them to try to exact revenge on Wonder Woman.
- "The Girl from Ilandia" 1978. Plot (from Wikipedia): A mysterious girl with super powers appears and Wonder Woman must not only find a way to get her home but also protect her from a villain that lives at sea.
- "The Deadly Dolphin" 1978 Plot (from Wikipedia): Wonder Woman shows off her ability to communicate with animals and displays another new power, generating unknown energy bursts which she uses to scare off sharks.
- "The Girl With a Gift for Disaster" 1979. Plot (from Wikipedia): A young woman with the bizarre jinx-like power to cause accidents around her is exploited by her boyfriend to cover up his criminal activities.
, Movie (2006): was a horror movie about a bullied telekinetic teenage girl sent to an all-girls boarding school in New England in 1965. She could make objects stand upright, like a pencil on her school desk and broken pieces of a mirror.
, Movie (2010): a Hallmark cable channel movie in the United States that starred Eddie Cibrian as a (handsome) janitor "who gains the ability to heal through touch after an accident sends him into a coma." Originally telecast with the title Healing Hands, it was retitled for the video release.
Xena: Warrior Princess
, TV series (1995 - 2001): Xena, a human female warrior in a fantasy version of Ancient Greece, developed psychokinetic ability during a story arc set in the Far East. Other recurring characters routinely displayed godly powers, especially teleportation by the gods of Mount Olympus. (Note: If you know the exact episode title or titles in which Xena herself and possibly sidekick Gabrielle, also human, used PK, please submit the info.). This series was set in the same universe as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
, TV series (1993 - 2002): two American FBI agents investigated crimes and conspiracies involving the paranormal, aliens, etc., in this popular series that is regularly included in best of television lists. There were also movies, novels, comic books, and two spin-off TV series Millenium and The Lone Gunmen. See The X-Files franchise for info. PK related episodes of the original series:
- "Shadows" (Oct 22, 1993): Ghostly TK, meaning a dead person is the source of the TK incidents.
- "Fire" (Dec 17 1993): pyrokinesis storyline that guest starred Mark Sheppard as the pyrokinetic and Amanda Pays as a London Police investigator and Mulder's former love interest.
- "Miracle Man" (Mar 18, 1994): psychic healer plot with actor Scott Bairstow as the young healer.
- "Born Again" (Apr 22, 1994): a young girl, inhabitated by the spirit of a murdered man, exhibits TK-powered revenge against those who killed him.
- "Excelsis Dei (Dec 16, 1994): ghosts at a nursing home who perform murderous telekinesis acts against the employees who abused them.
- "D.P.O." (Oct 6, 1995): a notable episode guest starring Giovanni Ribisi as a young man with electrically related PK powers. He is able to affect video arcade games, traffic lights, cell phones, and summon lightening.
- "Syzygy" (Jan 26, 1996): two high school girls portrayed by Wendy Benson and Lisa Robin Kelly exhibit TK powers in a satanic-plot episode. Two years after this appearance, Kelly played the sexy blonde older sister on the comedy series That '70s Show
- "Nothing Important Happened Today" (Nov 11 & 18, 2001): Scully's baby, William, is shown in the two-part episode to have telekinetic powers as he makes a mobile move that is hanging over his crib.
- "Sunshine Days" (May 12, 2002): a boy named Anthony Fogelman possesses powerful PK, including TK. Includes scenes involving the 1960s series The Brady Bunch. This episode is after Duchovny left as a series regular and starred Robert Patrick (agent John Doggett), Annabeth Gish (agent Monica Reyes), and Gillian Anderson (agent Dana Scully). In one scene, the boy makes Assistant Director Walter Skinner (actor Mitch Pileggi) float in the air.
- RESEARCH QUESTION: Wasn't there another episode near the end of the series in which a boy genius in the conspiracy storyline move a chessboard piece using TK. Know the episode name? Or was that in the first movie?
- In the
X-Men (film series)
, Movies (2000 - present): based on the Marvel comics, it showcased mutant characters who have various psychic powers including telekinesis and other forms of psychokinesis. The female character Jean Grey, also known as Phoenix, has very strong telekinetic powers. Magneto can create and control magnetic fields, allowing him to move metal in super powerful ways.
- X-Men, Movie (2000). The first film in the series, it starred Patrick Stewart (Professor Xavier), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Halle Berry (Storm), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), James Marsden (Cyclops), Rebecca Romijn (Mystique), Ray Park (Toad), Anna Paquin (Rogue), and Tyler Mane (Sabretooth).
- X2: X-Men United, Movie (2003). New mutant characters introduced and the actors who played them included: Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler), Aaron Stanford (Pyro), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), and Kelly Hu (Deathstrike).
- X-Men: The Last Stand, Movie (2006). Introduced, among others, actors Kelsey Grammer (Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryd), Vinnie Jones (Juggernaut), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus), Ben Foster (Angel), Eric Dane (Multiple Man), and Dania Ramirez (Callisto; electrocuted at the end by Storm's lightning bolt).
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine., Movie (2009). A spin-off starring Hugh Jackman again as Wolverine and Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth.
- X-Men: First Class, Movie (2011). A prequel that told the back stories of Professor Xavier and Magneto, along with other mutants in the series. Actors/characters included: James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto), Kevin Bacon (Sebastian Shaw), January Jones (Emma Frost), Nicholas Hoult (teenage Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast), Jennifer Lawrence (teenage Raven Darkholme / Mystique), Caleb Landry Jones (teenage Banshee), Lucas Till (teenage Havok), and cameos by Hugh Jackman as adult Wolverine and Rebecca Romijn as adult Mystique.>/li>
- X-Men: Days of Future Past, Movie (2014). A sequel to X-Men: First Class. Many of the actors and characters from the first X-Men movies also appear. IMDb
, Movie (1982): a teenage high school whiz kid discovers a formula which bestows telekinetic powers and uses it for various mischief, including undressing girls, and in the sequel Zapped Again! a new generation of high school kids find the old potion and perform similar pranks.
, Movie (2006): a girl named Summer has telekinetic and empathic powers and joins Jack Shepard's team to combat Concussion.
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- In what episode(s) of Babylon 5 did the regular character Lyta Alexander display TK abilities? Also, in season five there is a rogue telepath/telekinetic named Peter who comes aboard Babylon 5 looking for a better life. In what episode(s) did he display TK?
- Did the 1985 episode "Levitation" of the series Tales from the Dark Side include a surprise telekinetic ending or was it all a magician's trick?
- Was the 1972 episode "Lady, Lady, Take My Life" of the series The Sixth Sense starring Gary Collins about causing death by PK or by telepathy?
- In the 1960s Beach Party movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, a female character could shake her hips at men and they would be knocked over. What was the character's name and which movie(s)?
- Any episodes of The Simpsons or Futurama that have psychokinesis? Surely there must be. See The Simpsons above for at least two Halloween episodes that have PK.
- What episode(s) of Xena: Warrior Princess did Xena use PK powers?
- The 2012 Australian action-scifi-horror movie Crawlspace supposedly involves psychic powers in some way and, according to a published interview with one of the filmmakers, has a Scanners-type exploding head scene, him being a fan of that franchise. Can anyone confirm this? Is the psychic power straight PK or telepathic PK? Is the movie totally set in the real world? Should it be listed on the real-world telekinesis movie list or real-world psychokinesis list?
Computer and Video Games
- In the
video game series, the vampire hunter Donovan Baine, and a young girl Anita who accompanies him, use telekinesis to a large extent. Donovan's main weapon is a giant spirit sword known as Dhylec, which he mostly wields with just the power of his mind.
Destroy All Humans!
, the Furons have the psychokinesis ability. This ability gives them an advantage in winning a war against a homeworld enemy.
, PK or PSI is the primary form of psychokinesis in the game, however this variation also includes manipulation of full energy with the mind. EarthBound's PSI was popularized by the appearance of Ness in Nintendo's Super Smash Brothers series, whose special moves included PK Fire, PK Thunder, and later PK Flash.
series of role-playing games contains a spell called telekinesis, which allows the player to interact with distant objects.
, the silhouette known as Alma was genetically engineered by the government to have vast, uncalculated amounts of psychic power. Among them are telekinesis and pyrokinesis.
- In the game series
, the ability to use powers granted to the mind, ingame called "Psynergy", does exist. Adepts are naturally born knowing they have these powers, though, anyone can use them if they put their mind to it. Four kinds of psynergy exist, Venus (Earth), Mars (Fire), Jupiter (Wind), and Mercury (Water). Amongst these, the most notable is Jupiter and Mercury; Jupiter adepts are naturals at reading minds and being able to pick up on future events, and Mercury can heal through prayer and concentration. Venus have the ability to manipulate objects with their mind, giving them such powers as "Move" and teleporting "Retreat", while Mars can gain abilities that are a mixture of three, knowing "Move" and healing moves are natural to them.
- In the
game/show, many of the Pokémon wield telekinesis and many other psychic gifts.
- In the video game
Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
by Midway, Nick Scryer uses many different abilities to defeat enemies (pyrokinesis, telekinesis, etc.).
- In the video game
, the plot revolves around a boy named Razputin with psychic abilities being trained at a psychic summer camp, along with other psychics. He uses his powers to defeat enemies and solve puzzles throughout the game.
[Note: Due to this list already being lengthy and primarily focusing on film and television, it has been decided that a comprehensive listing of books will not be maintained. If you are a webmaster and would like to create and oversee a book list, computer game list, etc., please let me know and I will link to it/them here.]
Carrie (teenage girl w/TK), 1974.
The Girl With the Silver Eyes (10 yr old girl w/TK), 1980.
Firestarter (young girl w/pyrokinesis and TK), 1980.
Matilda (young girl w/TK), 1988.
Mai, the Psychic Girl (Japanese Manga series; girl w/TK), 1995.
The Hanged Man (Scanners type), 1998.
Beyond Belief (small boy w/alleged TK power), 2001.
The Lost One (teenage girl w/TK), 2001.
Up (young boy w/TK), 2006.
The Medusa Touch by Peter Van Greenaway.
- In the manga
, the diclonius species display telekinetic-like powers in the form of long, translucent arms called vectors.
- In the Dan Brown best-selling novel
The Lost Symbol
, the female lead character in the story is a micro-PK researcher at the Smithsonian Institution.
- In the
book series and Disney movie, the title character has PK talents.
by author Roald Dahl is about a young girl with telekinetic powers. It was made into a comedy film of the same title.
series by Peter David centers on a telepathic/telekinetic character.
- In "The Public Hating," a 1955 story by Steve Allen, a political prisoner is executed by inciting a stadium crowd to focus their hatred on him. The word "psychokinesis" is not used, but a character explains that "it was that guy at Duke University first came up with the idea. ...he was the first one to prove scientifically that mind can control matter." (A reference to J.B. Rhine.)
series by Anne McCaffrey, which includes the Pegasus Trilogy and the Rowan Series, tell of the Talents, people with various psychic powers including telekinesis.
in popular fiction often have a form of telekinesis. Usually it is the older, more powerful vampires who exhibit this. Vampires usually acquire power the longer they stay alive. In Vampire: The Masquerade the Tremere Clan possesses the Rego Motus, a derivative of the Thaumaturgy discipline which lets them move objects in a psychokinetic fashion.
book series is about people given unusual abilities by an alien genetic virus; Telekinesis is both the most common Wild Card power, and the explanation for the various forms taken by Jokers (which are often based on subconscious fears or fantasies).
These toys and other devices attempt to allegedly simulate a PK ability or help in training.
- "Star Wars Force Trainer." Description at Amazon.com
- "The Last Airbender Ultimate Air Master." Description at Amazon.com
- "Mind Lamp": a lamp with LEDs inside that uses random event generators (REGs), which are also used in real-life PK research.
Quotations about psychokinesis
Origin: 1863 in The Geological Evidence of the Antiquity of Man. Fuller quote: "It may be said that, so far from having a materialistic tendency, the supposed introduction into the earth at successive geological periods of lifesensation, instinct, the intelligence of the higher mammalia bordering on reason, and lastly, the improvable reason of Man himselfpresents us with a picture of the ever-increasing dominion of mind over matter."
There is also a similar saying coined centuries earlier (19 BCE) "the mind moves matter" by the poet Virgil in his work "Aeneid," book 6, line 727. The latter saying in Latin, "mens agitat molem," is the official motto of the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands.
Possible first use referring somewhat more directly to psychokinesis could be the 1903 book titled "Mind over matter: the influence of will power on disease" by J. W. Martin, Commercial Publishing, 78 pages.
Origin: attributed to American stand-up comedian Emo Philips as a one-liner used in his 1980s stage act. It can be found on his album "E=MO2" first released in 1985, then rereleased as a CD in 1990.
"How many people here have telekinetic powers? Raise my hand."
- 1992: A similar phrase made the Usenet "rec.humor.funny" FAQ as early as 1992. "All of you out there who believe in telepathy, raise your hand. All right. Now, everyone who believes in telekinesis... raise MY hand." Said on-air by Dennis Owens, the morning drive-time host of WGMS radio in Washington, DC. The saying "Everyone who believes in telekinesis, raise my hand." is often incorrectly attributed to James Randi, but he has stated that he did not originate it. However, he did use it in the closing line of his weekly commentary Swift, 15 March 2002. The saying has also wrongly been attributed to author Kurt Vonnegut.
- 1994. A similar saying, "How many of you believe in telekinesis, raise MY hands" was used by Rob Fargher as a signature line on one of his 1994 skeptics newsgroup postings.
- 1995/1997. Yet another version, this time involving PK, "All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand" is attributed to stand-up comedian Steven Wright, which he used in either of the 1995 or 1997 episodes he guest starred in (as a voice actor) on the animated series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist; however, he was not the writer of either episode and it is unknown if he contributed the line from one of his earlier stand-up routines.
Origin: March 24, 1961 in the introduction written by Serling to the Twilight Zone episode "The Prime Mover" about a telekinetic character played by actor Buddy Ebsen. The episode itself was written by Charles Beaumont. Fuller quote by Serling, after stepping out of a woodland scene and standing in front of the camera: "Portrait of a man who thinks and thereby gets things done. Mr. Jimbo Cobb might be called a 'Prime Mover,' a talent which has to be seen to be believed. In just a moment, he'll show his friend, and you, how he keeps both feet on the ground and his head . . . in the Twilight Zone."
"a talent which has to be seen to be believed"
Rod Serling (1924-1975), though the phrase itself referring to other performing abilities was allegedly in use long before this.
- .PK is the Internet domain name extension for the country of Pakistan.
- .TK is the Internet domain extension for the territorial islands of Tokelau.
- In the U.S. military, PK is an abbreviation for "peace keeping" or "probability of kill.", while Tk stands for "tank."
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