Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ian Lyons, bio disc, scalar energy and party trick = Lies, con job, cheating consumers

Three years ago, I posted on Bio Disc. Here is the video how the inventor of Bio Disc is using party trick to convince people that his product generate 'scalar energy'. This is an outright lie!

First video: Ian Lyons demonstrates scalar energy.

Second video: The same trick used at parties without Bio Disc.

ABC.net has a scientific explanation for this trick:

The "Finger Lift" is a fairly common party trick. It's used by primary school kids doing sleepovers, high-school students trying to impress each other, and many people trying to push a spiritual barrow. The Finger Lift also goes under the name of "Stiff As a Board, Light As a Feather".

Once you've seen it, your memory of the marvellous event is quite precise — and utterly wrong. The subject was seated in a chair, or on a table, or lying down on the floor.

Then four of you gathered around, and were told to try to lift the subject using either just one single finger, or your two index fingers joined into a single lifting unit from your two clenched hands. As you would expect, you couldn't lift them (either with a single finger, or with two fingers joined together).

Then, the voodoo magic began.

First, you were told to chant a song, or rub your own two hands together, or to pile all eight hands of the potential lifters one at a time on top of the head of the subject, or to press on their shoulders — or something.

It didn't matter exactly what it was — there was always some kind of silly ritual that didn't seem to make any sense.

Then you were instructed to count to some number, or to chant a song, and then at a certain point, to try to lift. And then — lo and behold — your fingers acquired magical strength and you could lift the subject effortlessly into the air.

Why is it so?

There are three answers — timing, poor memory, and the natural underestimated strength of your fingers.

First, the timing. There are lots of videos of this Finger Lift on YouTube. One of them claims that "it's an old Romanian trick", while others have Chinese or Africans doing it.

But they all have the timing in common. For the first doomed attempt to lift the subject, there was no effort to get everybody to do the lift at the same instant. In fact, there was deliberate vague misdirection, along the lines of "so go ahead try to lift".

And in all of the videos on YouTube, you can see that the lifters are very much out of time with each other.

That means that for the brief instant each person is trying to lift the subject by themselves, they are fruitlessly trying to lift the entire 50–80kg weight of the subject on one (or two) fingers.

But for the second successful attempt, the timing is very precise.

The purpose of the chanting of the numbers, or the prayer, or song is not to Unleash the Power Within — it's really to synchronise the four potential lifters into one single lifting unit.

And there is usually a countdown to the final lift. So all four lift as one, and so each one has to lift only 12–20kg with the chosen finger or fingers.

The second factor is the very fallible human memory. Every person who has described this to me has described the strange mystical power that gave them the ability to not only lift the subject into the air, but also, to effortlessly hold them there.

But every time I have seen it done, the lifters just barely lifted the subject, and could not hold them there, and in fact, almost dropped them in their haste to get them down to the ground again.

And that is what you will see on YouTube.

And the third and last factor is that your fingers are actually very strong. Louis Cyr, the old-time French Canadian strongman (1863–1912) could lift 553lb (250.2kg) with a single finger (his right middle).

The old-time American strongman of the early 1900s, Warren Lincoln Travis, lifted 560lb (254kg) on his 50th birthday with a single finger.

The Finger Lift party trick has made it into popular culture with appearances in South Park (the "Marjorine" episode) and the film, The Craft. In each case, it was associated with exotic witchcraft, not prosaic timing

These simple explanations are really giving the finger to the myth.


Invention Review said...

I want to believe (biodisc).

Twos suggestion for those who have the opportunity to attend similar demo in the future:

Plan A: Instead of having 4 people to lift one person, if Biodisc is that miraculous, just 1 person shld be sufficient to lift that one person. Tell that to the biodisc salesperson.

Plan B: If 4 people are still required to lift the a person.

After the magic is performed, pick another 4 random people from the group (of similar built) and ask them to lift the another person of similar built sitting on the chair.

However, this time round, ask the organiser to offer an incentive, ie. if the 4 can lift this person off the chair without the biodisc, then give each of these 4 people US$100 - with this incentive, I doubt you need a biodisc.

eppursimuov3 said...

hmmm... I've never heard of this bio-disc thingee... not to mention scalar energy and whatever.

Isn't putting energy into that guy supposed to increase the effects of gravity (E = mc^2)? If this thing really works - why isn't this guy designing anti-gravity spaceships to send people to the moon and to mars????

Sze Zeng said...

Hi eppursimuov3,

I have no idea as well... The videos here is obvious that this guy is cheating people off their money.

It is just so sad to see con men abusing the word "science" for all sort of lies.

ramzanul said...

Many have asked many questions about these so-called bio-discs, but none have replied with any convincing anwers. Apparently, not even one can answer the simplest of the questions; "Who is Dr. Ian Lyons?". As per Occam's Razor principle, "the simplest explanation is usually the correct one." So, I have come up with my own explanations (since none of the biodiscs distributors managed to provide any real explanation):

1. Biodiscs were sent down from Heaven to save mankind. Also to save mankind from the greedy and evil capitalist pharmaceutical companies, unless of course, those companies manage to get their dirty hands on these biodiscs first, and they will charge you thousands after they manage to patent these discs.

2. Biodiscs were invented from a distant future and were teleported back through a time-machine so that mankind be saved (and then we'll end up in the time-travelling paradox since if the technology is now available for us to use, why would we need these discs to be invented in the future when we reach that point of time? And then if no one in the future invents this thing, how can it be delivered through time and space to be used by us?).

3. Some alien spacecraft from a million light-years away has crash-landed on some desert or on some dude's backyard, and in the spacecraft he found this glass shard from the broken windshield, accidentally dropped the glass in the bathtub, and then his comatose uncle accidentally fell into this bath tub and in a few seconds the uncle just woke up from the coma and started telling that guy about that light at the end of the tunnel and what not. And then it occured to this guy, "I am going to reverse-engineer this glass and mass produce it in order to save mankind, and while I am at it, I could make myself a few millions so that I could use that money to fix that crashed spaceship and send it back to the outerspace with a Thank-You note inside it." And maybe, just by a coincidence, that this guy's name is Ian Lyons? Highly unlikely, although it's still not outside the realm of extreme possibilities...

Globespy said...

I've spent the last few days trying to understand this, and simply find some credible answers, but it's just one smokescreen after another.
In their lies the real truth!

It's amazing that there is not a shred of information on this guy Ian Lyons even on deep google searches. Everything is related to Biodisc and we know we can't trust that. If he was in the British Army as a heart surgeon, then there MUST be detail of that?

I suspect that he's not who he says he is, that he's made up this name to protect himself. Or maybe he used a dead guys name?


Leighton Scott said...

Dr Ian Lyons:do not believe anything regarding his medical history. It is simply a great big FIB!! Some years ago he and a man called Peter Wilcox ran a bathroom shower company called Mid - North Marketing (MNM) and they went bust around 1990. Mr Lyons was Sales Director and was a clever salesman. MNM were bought out by Airbath International and Mr Lyons went to Australia and was selling whirlpool baths for a UK based company called PH Pool. A clever salesman but NEVER EVER a medical professional and as for heart transplants, that is simply insulting to those with a heart condition. Goodluck to him and all of those who purchase his products. Welcome to the Placebo effect.