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An object, such as a forked branch or wooden stick, used to locate hidden objects by consulting supernatural or magical forces. The Dowsing Device itself is not necessarily magical, but it functions as a focus at least.

Another variation is to use a pendulum, either by carrying it and following the direction of its movement or by holding it over a map.

This is a very old "folk magic" idea in [[TruthInTelevision the real world]]. In fiction, it tends to be used either as FunctionalMagic or as something for the skeptic to snark at - or sometimes, both at the same time.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* James uses one in an episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
* Numata of ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'' normally uses a pendulum to dowse for corpses. In one story, however, he uses the more traditional bent sticks [[spoiler:to honor the man who taught him the technique, who's been murdered himself]].
* In ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' Hitomi uses a pendant and a map to locate the missing Von Fanel.
* JK's IconicItem in ''Anime/OccultAcademy''. He can also use them as weapons, lockpicks and pretty much anything else.
* Eila uses one in ''Anime/StrikeWitches 2'', episode seven, to track down the Neuroi that's been invading the girls' pants.
* Kurapika in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' uses one of his nen chains to locate people among others.
* Caesar in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' uses a falling stick on an Eastern-style compass card to determine a direction to search in while looking for new tanks and, later, a team of missing freshmen. Coincidentally, the school offers magic as an elective and Roman generals and magistrates were responsible for certain forms of official divination.

* In ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'', Professor Calculus occasionally attempts dowsing with a pendulum. Its success varies, but it generally finds [[GoneHorriblyRight something he's looking for but doesn't know he's looking for]].
* Used by a Smurf in a one-page [[ComicBook/TheSmurfs Smurfs]] story who uses it to find treasure, and discovers what he thinks is an underground well of water that makes Smurfs feel funny -- only to not realize that it was an underground distillery Papa Smurf was using to make sarsaparilla wine.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' (at least in the movie version) uses one that turns out to be made of poison oak.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', Inigo prays to his late father to guide his sword -- then successfully divines the entrance to the Pit Of Despair.
* ''Film/TheThingThatCouldntDie'' (a horror film which would have languished in well-deserved obscurity had [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike and the Bots]] not discovered it) centers around a young girl who can 'water-witch' and consequently discovers the body of a man (justly) condemned to a FateWorseThanDeath.
* In ''Film/TheWaterDiviner'', Creator/RussellCrowe plays a character whose near-supernatural ability to find water sources is a recurring motif.
* ''Film/WomanInTheMoon'': once he's landed on the Moon, Professor Mannfeldt uses a divining rod to search for water. And you call yourself a scientist!

* ''Series/TheMunsters'': Grandpa Munster had a transistorized one with multiple settings.
-->'''Grandpa:''' Ah! Here it is! ''cackles with glee'' My radio direction finder. \\
'''Herman:''' Direction finder? Grandpa, that's just an old-fashioned divining rod!\\
'''Grandpa:''' True, true, heh, but I had it transistorized last month! ''Dials show that the direction finder can be set to find Water, Girls, Metal and Flying Objects.''
* Gilligan used a divining rod in an episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
* Artemus Gordon, of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'', uses the forked branch variety in a rather elaborate plan to rescue his partner and another prisoner in "The Night of the Underground Terror."

* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' recurring character Dinah Collier is an effective pendulum dowser ([[DisabilitySuperpower and blind]]).

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Since psychic powers, including dowsing, are real in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' you shouldn't assume the person carrying crystals, sticks or globes is just messing around.

* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has the Itemfinder, also called the Dowsing Machine in Japan and, internationally, from Generation IV onwards. The Pokétch, introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', features a Dowsing Machine ''application'' which essentially performs the same function.
* In the first ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'' game, George briefly uses a divining rod to find an ancient well (he finds nothing but an extremely old tin can, but when he tosses it aside...).
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Ms Sofue has one. One sidequest requires the MC to get special materials for her to build a new one once her old one has "stopped responding to her powers".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', dowsing is Nazrin's schtick. Her rods appear to be ''weather vanes''. Also uses a crystal pendant.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has this as a main mechanic, to search for keys, pick-ups and [[DistressedDamsel Zelda]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', Corvo is given a biomechanical Heart he can use to find Runes and Bone Charms.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shadow of the Colossus}}'' has this as a main gameplay mechanic, where Wander's Sword is used to locate the next enemy, as well as its weak points.
* The dowsing rod in ''{{VideoGame/Psychonauts}}'' is incredibly useful, as it allows you to find deep caches of arrowheads (the game's currency), without one you can only pull up one or two at a time, and since there are several mandatory powers you need to buy in the shop, it will save you a lot of time grinding money.
* [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Codex_entry:_Broken_Dowsing_Rods_-_No_Refunds Dowsing rods]] are found in ''Franchise/DragonAge''. Though magic is feared and hated, dowsing is generally acceptable, since...
-->"the worst possible dowsing-related crime suggested by Grand Cleric Willhemina of Hossberg was that they might go looking for poisonous worms which could be left in the chantry offertory."

* Brian uses one in [[http://campcomic.com/comic/67 this]] ''Webcomic/CampWeedonwantcha'' strip, which leads him to an outdoor faucet.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' features the Silver Dowsing Rod of Akhenaten, a magic dowsing rod that can track down anything the holder thinks of.
* ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' episode "Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant High": The Ringmaster has a divining rod that can find fractals.
* Used in the first episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]''.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, Wile E. Coyote gets his tail on fire, so he uses a divining rod to find for water to douse it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' episode "Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen", one is used to find a vein of Canada's greatest resource: dirt. It consists of a shovel with some fruit placed on top.
* Used a few times in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'': once by a treasure-hunting imp who was looking for the treasure of the ancient Smurfs, and once by Gargamel to track down Smurfs.
* She uses no rods herself, but Rarity from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' knows a spell that serves as this for gems. In "Cutie Mark Chronicles", filly Rarity's horn acted up on its own and ''dragged'' her across the landscape to a huge rock filled with gems.

* Dowsing is OlderThanSteam, as seen [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dowsing here.]]
* Still in use, as seen [[http://www.alleghenycandles.com/dowsing.html in this ad]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W95J85E7DNU this video.]]
* [[FridgeBrilliance There is a theory behind dowsing]] based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_gravity#Local_topography_and_geology the change in gravity over large underground gaps or caves]] (like a subterranean water pocket compared to surrounding rock), which could be felt in the pendulum (either fork, rod, [[ShapedLikeItself or actual pendulum]], the important thing is it moves in a pendulum like fashion) by a highly trained and very sensitive operator. However, he or she should be [[PrecisionFStrike sensitive as hell]] to feel such an infinitesimal change in oscillation by hands only.
* Evidence has shown that Dowsing is not better at detecting the flow of water or location of pipes than [[WildMassGuessing guessing]]. Water is found by dowsers simply because water is plentiful and easy to find by following geologic cues.