A German man is attracting attention for claiming to be a human magnet, but skeptics can't wait to stick it to him.
Miroslaw Magola, 55, says he can make pots, forks and cans of Red Bull stick to his head, hands or chest just from the powers of his mind.
It's a power he supposedly discovered in the early 1990s.
"I have since spent years perfecting the technique and exploring further into human magnetism," he said, according to the New York Daily News. "I can defy gravity because I load myself with energy and -- like moving a limb -- can make objects do as I wish, like a real-life magnet."
Magola said he is determined to figure out a way to use his powers to benefit mankind, but the first step he said is to win a $1 million prize from the James Randi Educational Foundation, an organization that exists to expose paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds.
The Foundation offers $1 million to anyone who can show, under scientific conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event.
JREF president D.J. Grothe said Magola has not contacted the Foundation about his goal, but the group is open to testing the claim.
"We'd want to arrange a mutually agreed upon protocol to test this claimed ability," Grothe told The Huffington Post. "Perhaps we have to try doing it just after he washes his hands, or to test the claim after putting talcum powder on his hands. Maybe do it without leaning back."
The group has run into so-called magnetic people before and the claims never held up. The so-called human magnets only are able to make objects stick when their bare -- and very sticky -- skin is touching the surface of the objects.
Back in 2011, Foundation namesake James Randi noted that a child known as the "Croatian Magnet Boy" had "powers" similar to Magola. He observed that non-magnetic aluminum pots –- as well as copper and silver coins –- stuck to the kid.
In the mid-2000s, Randi debunked an alleged magnet man on Korean TV by applying talcum powder on the man's sticky chest.
It should be noted that Magola's personal magnetism apparently extends to plastic bowls. To be fair, he also is shown in this YouTube video to be applying talcum powder before a demonstration.
Magola claims his talents work even when the gloves are on, but said he needs more training before he's ready to prove his amazing abilities on live TV, the Daily Mail reports.
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