Walking through walls – So that’s how its done!

Patents are an important means for protecting ones intellectual property, and at least arguably promote scientific progress. Now and again, patent applications are filed, and sometimes issue for devices and methods that seem just a little, well, unbelievable…

United States Patent Application 20060014125 to John Quincy St. Clair entitled "Walking through walls training system" is such an application.

According to the abstract, this invention is a training system which enables a human being to acquire sufficient hyperspace energy in order to pull the body out of dimension so that the person can walk through solid objects such as wooden doors.

The idea is not new of course. Houdini walked through a wall on stage some 80 years ago. His system involved going under the wall, through a space created by lowering a trap under a carpet. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who was a great believer in spiritualism and was less than consistent in following his fictional character  – Sherlock Holmes' famous maxim about eliminating the impossible, refused to believe that Houdini cheated.

Britain's leading magician of the 1980s, Paul Daniels, revived the effect on TV, where he used Houdini's method to walk through a wall made of baked bean tins (that's cans for US readers).

David Copperfield walked through the Great Wall of China in one of his TV Spectaculars. I cynically thought I could see where the film was cut, but perhaps he's perfected Mr. St. Clair's technique.

So how is it done?

This is the main claim:

A training method comprising the steps of: generating a banner having a plurality of footprints spaced at regular intervals wherein the banner is placed on the ground; generating a periodic audible signal, whereby the audible signal repeats at a regular interval of time equal to the period; and walking on the banner by tracing the footprints spaced at regular intervals, wherein one step is made with each audible signal.

Categories: Magic, Patent trivia, Patents, Uncategorized, US Patent Office

12 replies

  1. Some of his other applications are just as insane.

  2. Well, it’s not as if access to the patent is going to be in high demand anytime soon. They can also go ahead and patent faith healing if they wish. Not exactly something I have any use for.

    I’m more concerned with patents that deal with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

  3. Wait, what? He patented Twister with a soundtrack? There’s gotta be prior work on that somewhere.

  4. I don’t see the point in seeking a patent to control an ability every human being has the power to experience. Its a question of learning more about energy flow and overcoming conditioing and disbelief.

  5. Liara. from a patent law position, you are correct; the idea lacks industrial application and should, therefore, not be allowed.

    Have you tried it? does it work?

  6. I would have to think walking threw is possible, they have tested this mystery about 30 or 50 years ago (Black ops/ or CIA I forget). I’ve heard some of the people they used as test subjects got stuck inside Solid objects, they died because their body/parts would morph with that solid; wood, metal and other material. I wouldn’t try doing so ;p

  7. Liara: The patent is for the training system, not the ability, and after all one learns to control energy flow and overcomes conditioning and disbelief through training right? I see no problem with the patent on that basis.

    Dr. Michael Factor: Lacks industrial application? What about the burglary industry? ;-)

  8. John Quincy St Clair may be the Telsa of the 21st Century – he may be the only hope of survival for the human species. BTW – our first clue as to who the inventor really is – is contained within his name:
    John Quincy – ADAM (US president)
    ST Clair – Slurred together is SINCLAIR

    thus giving us: ADAM SINCLAIR as a possible clue to his identity

    can we be dealing with a British computer guru – who is playing upon the two early English successes:

    Sinclair Executive, the world’s first small electronic pocket calculator – Sir Clive Sinclair
    Osborne 1 The first commercially successful portable computer, the precursor to the Laptop computer – Adam Osborne

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