Steven R. Shaw's* psychic metal bending and presumed thoughto-graphic feats havebeen reported by Peter R. Phillips
and Mark Shafer of the McDonnell Laboratory forPsychical Research, Washington University, St. Louis. I first learned about Steve fromcorrespondence with John Thomas Richards,
who, with W. E. Cox and themembers of SORRAT (the Society for Research in Rapport and Telekinesis), hasconducted pioneering, controlled investigations on telekinesis.
Steve Shaw, who istwenty years old. first became aware of his psychic metal bending abilities afterwatching a TV performance of Uri Geller
in the mid 1970s. Steve duplicated manyof Geller's purported feats and, beyond that, struck out on his own to more fully definehis talents.The purpose of this study is to attempt replicating some of the work on Steve, and totry coupling this with psychodynamic observations. Physician Andrija Puharichdeserves credit for first calling attention to psychic metal bending abilities andassociated presumed psychic talents. Although the psycho-biological-medicalimplications beg for study, chiefly physicists and parapsychologists
have botheredto conduct experiments and report data on this incredible phenomenon, let alone sketchand probe any possible psychodynamics. A computerized bibliographic search of themedical literature for telekinesis and psychokinesis, 1966-1982, aside from my study
listed only one reference.
This report is concerned with experiments and observationsof spontaneous events with and on Steve in my office, apartment, in the field, and alsoscrutinized phenomena which took place and were observed and videotaped at theNational Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering (NIRE), Butler, New Jersey. Thedata, circumstances and associated spontaneous material, are reported mostly inchronological order, A brief psychiatric-paranormal survey and discussion areincluded.
Warm-upEvening of November 3, 1981, TuesdayAfter Steve deplaned preliminary psychiatric interviews were conducted in my office.Later in the evening, at my apartment, Steve requested some guests. When neighborsin the adjacent apartment, who had never witnessed any alleged psychical phenomenacame over,
*Steven R. Shaw in this study will hereafter be referred to as Steve