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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1555272291059070600²%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:350:[[Manga/MobPsycho100 https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/screenshot_478.png]]]] ²[[caption-width-right:350:Good luck with that soup.]]²%%²%% Caption selected per above IP thread. Please do not replace or remove without discussion in the Caption Repair thread:²%% https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1404492079030138900²%%²²-> ''Do not try and bend the spoon, that's impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth ... there is no spoon. Then you will see it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.''²-->-- '''Spoon Boy''', ''Film/TheMatrix''²²Spoon Bending is arguably the most common way of demonstrating MindOverMatter next to making YourHeadASplode. And much less messy. ²²The art of spoon bending is the deformation of objects, especially metal cutlery, either without the use of physical force, or with less force than would normally seem necessary. It is a common form of stage magic, and a variety of methods are used to produce the illusion.²²Spoon bending attracted considerable media attention in TheSeventies when some people claimed to have the ability to cause such events by paranormal psychic means. The most notable was Uri Geller, who performed by bending metal spoons as well as metal keys and several other objects and materials. Geller's performances were attributed to stage magic by critics such as James Randi and Martin Gardner.²²While spoon bending in real life is an art based around misdirection, simply convincing the observer that the spoon is moving, pop culture has come to associate bending spoons as a technique among those with psychic powers. Spoons are small enough to grasp, common enough to find and are easy enough to bend with physical force, so it stands to reason that utensils like the common spoon would make a harmless, [[PsychicPowers psychokinetic]] demonstration.²²Has nothing to do with AteTheSpoon, CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon, FunnySpoon, GreasySpoon and {{Spoonerism}}. This also has nothing to do with another [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender secret bending art]].²²----²!!Examples²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''²** Mewtwo, an incredibly powerful psychic pokemon from ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', is shown to wield a massive spoon.²** In the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] episode "[[Recap/PokemonS1E22AbraAndThePsychicShowdown Abra and the Psychic Showdown]]", many of the psychics in Sabrina's gym are shown to be practicing their psychic abilities by trying (to limited effect) to bend spoons. One such psychic tries demonstrating this to Ash, Brock and Misty with great difficulty. For some reason, Ash was unimpressed, then bent a spoon with his hands and boasted his method was better.²* Fumiaki Uchida from ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' developed psychokinetic abilities at a young age, it first manifesting when he was mentally able to bend spoons, only to lose such an ability when his mother denied him a normal life because of it.²* In ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', Torhu and Kanna try to pull this off after seeing a man do it on television, but ultimately fail. They become convinced there's something deeper to it and engage in TrainingFromHell to try and discover the secret, before Kobayashi finally steps in and tells them how it's done.²* ''Manga/MobPsycho100'': ²** A RunningGag is that Mob has trouble eating soup, since he always subconciously bends his spoons with his mind. When he gets upset while talking about things over dinner, his power makes them fall over limp. His brother Ritsu usually fixes or replaces them.²** [[spoiler:Ritsu discovers his powers at the Awakening Lab, where he thought he was the only member with no powers at all until a bust of anger caused three spoons to twist together into a gnarled mess. He then became the single strongest esper in the group, and his help led the rest to improve their less-than-impressive abilities.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film - Live Action]]²* In an iconic scene in ''Film/TheMatrix'', the unreality of [[{{Cyberspace}} the matrix]] is properly demonstrated to Neo when a boy mentally bends a spoon. Neo's successful attempt at doing so is the first time Neo learns to manipulate the world around him.²* When the protagonist family from ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' discover that all of their cutlery has been distorted at the beginning of the movie, that is their (and the viewer's) first clue that the house is being haunted. Of course, everything gets downhill from there. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Literature]]²* In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresTheAlsoPeople The Also People]]'', the Doctor claims that he once attempted the universe record for continuous spoon-playing, but was sabotaged by a telekinetic who kept bending his instruments.²* ''Literature/{{Spoonbenders}}'' is named after the practice, and Teddy bends a key to try to impress Maureen, his future wife.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Live Action Television]]²* [[https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2mz1it A skit]] on ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' had Creator/StephenFry interviewing Creator/HughLaurie as a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Uri Geller who bends a spoon between his hands.²-->'''Stephen''': Well, I could bend a spoon with my hands.²-->'''Hugh''': I never claimed that my powers are unique! Always, I stress that ''anybody'' can bend a spoon! And my book is not expensive, by the way.²* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Referenced in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet The Pirate Planet]]" (written during Uri Geller's heyday), when the Doctor needs to maintain a distinctive mental image so that a psychic ally can keep track of his location, and chooses the image of a bent fork.²-->'''Romana:''' Why should anyone want to bend a fork?\²'''Doctor:''' I haven't the vaguest idea.²* ''Series/FastForward''. A skit parodying Uri Geller had him eventually resorting to an oxy-acytelene torch to get the spoon to bend.²* ''Series/MysteryHunters'': Discussed and potentially subverted in one episode. Araya investigates whether it is possible to bend spoons using the mind and attends a workshop dedicated to learning on how to bend forks, spoons and knives. While Araya is able to bend a fork and his classmates get very noticeable bends with their objects after getting instructions from the teacher (such as telling them to think of a frivolous animal while trying to bend), it is noted that they were bending the objects with their hands and that suggestions from other, as well as what the individual wants, can influence the mind to move the muscles. Thus, psychic powers might not have had any role in it. ²* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS07E07TheMentalists The Mentalists]]", Sam and Dean investigate the death of two alleged psychics in Lily Dale, New York, the "most psychic town in America." While prop spoons are commonly seen in the episode - used as souvenirs and props for fake psychics - utensils bending on their own occurs whenever the MonsterOfTheWeek [[spoiler:the ghost of an actual psychic]] looms nearby.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* Kadabra and Alakazam from Generation One of ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' - two particularly iconic Psychic-type Pokemon - each wield spoons. Their SignatureMove is Kinesis, which reduces the target's accuracy by bending spoons to confound them. In Generation [=IV=], the item Twisted Spoon can be used to increase the power of psychic-type attacks when held by a pokemon.²* Ford Cruller from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' occasionally refers to the PsychicChildren that attends the camp as "spoonbenders."²--> '''Ford Cruller''': This training facility is built smack on top of the largest Psitanium deposit known to man. It runs under this whole valley and makes this a very critical area for Psychonauts, so I'm here to look after it. And to make sure you little "spoonbenders" don't kill each other.²* In ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', one NPC in Magicant has a spoon he wants someone to bend back into shape. Ninten does it with his PSI powers.²* One ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters King of Fighters]]'' manga has [[VideoGame/PsychoSoldier Athena Asamiya]] do this to a spoon while the [[ButtMonkey USA Sports team]] struggle to bend theirs to no avail. [[https://snk.fandom.com/wiki/Athena_Asamiya/Gallery?file=Screenshot_173.png The image in reference is shown here.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:WebAnimation]]²* In the ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' review of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2'', the animated mook used to represent Natalia Korda is shown wielding two glowing bent spoons as Yahtzee describes her as a "spooky psychic girl."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Originals]]²* [=SCP-463=] "A Spoon That Bends People" from ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' is a spoon that bends people's spines backwards by 90 degrees when it's picked up, acting as a playful inversion of the trope.²* Several Website/ChuckNorrisFacts go like this: "[Insert a famous psychic's name here] can bend spoons with his mind. Chuck Norris can bend [psychic's name] with his."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* El Cucharon (Spanish for "The Big Spoon") from ''WesternAnimation/ElTigreTheAdventuresOfMannyRivera'' was a villain with the power to manipulate spoons. Mocked for his supposedly useless power, he became a super villain. However, with counseling from Manny's mother Maria, El Cucharon becomes reformed and uses his spoon-based powers to save the day.²* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'': Entree attempts to twist a utensil, but ends up twisting everything around but it. Peri counts the test as a fail.²* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Heffer is tempting Spunky with a Fatheads-brand chewable vitamin by asking him to perform common dog tricks, the last of which is bending a spoon with his thoughts.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* When Uri Geller first came to prominence in TheSeventies and demonstrated his putative skill on TV in Great Britain, the watching audience was invited to join in. Indicating something interesting was going on, or possibly the extreme gullability of the British TV viewing public, the BBC's switchboards were inundated with calls from viewers alleging not only spoons bending to order, but also anomalies like long-stopped clocks springing into life again, or else clocks and watches inexplicably stopping at the very instant of Geller putting out the 'fluence. Either way - genuine paranormal event, mass gullibility or people misinterpreting wholly coincidental event - it provided lots of material for publications like ''Magazine/ForteanTimes'' to fill space with. FT still deals with spoon-bending, under the general headings of things like parapsychology, telekinesis and poltergeist activity. [[spoiler:He was eventually caught rigging the spoons by bending them back and forth until metal fatigue set in to the point that they could subtly be pushed with the tip of the thumb as a slight-of-hand trick. He also was never able to bend a spoon that was offered by someone else and usually refused to do so.]] He also tried to sue Nintendo for use of his likeness with the Pokeémon Kadabra and Alakazam, claiming they were based on him and the symbols on their bodies (actually taken from Zener cards) were occult Nazi symbols used to defame him. The suit lasted from 1999 to ''2017'' before finally being dismissed.²* The Bent Spoon Award is an award given by the paranormal and pseudoscientific investigating organizations Austrailian Skeptics and [=NZ=] Skeptics to those who are "perpetrator[s] of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle." While there is an actual, physical award that exists, there is only one in existence (having claimed to have been made from wood from Noah's Ark and a spoon from the last supper to {{Troll}} winners) and the winners are only allowed to possess the award for themselves if they acquire it through supernatural means. Naturally, no one has accomplished this task.²[[/folder]]

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