Magnetic boy in Turkey sticks knives and forks to his skin

Magnetic boy in Turkey sticks knives and forks to his skin

A young boy from Turkey has gone viral after claiming that his body acts like a magnet and can thus attract any piece of metal.

In a video that has been shared several times on many social networks, the 9-year-old Mehmet Sumbul stands up and places metal spoons and forks against his chest and back. The video takes a shocking turn after he stands up, lets go of the spoons and forks, but instead of dropping to the floor, they stay in place.

Magnetic boy in Turkey sticks knives and forks to his skin

The 9-years-old says his magnetic field grows stronger when he's angry

The 9-year-old boy who stays with his parents, Huseyin and Aysu, in the city of Antalya on the south-western coast of Turkey has told local media that his body can also do the same trick with screws, metal ashtrays, mobile phones and other objects that contain metal.

Magnetic boy in Turkey sticks knives and forks to his skin

The boy's body can also do the same trick with metal ashtrays and mobile phones

He told reporters: "I am seen as a strange person. When I'm angry, my magnetic field becomes stronger. Now I have a fork and a spoon on my body, I feel like a magnet."

His parents said they realised their son had the special ability when he tried it one day after watching a man do a similar stunt on television.

Magnetic boy in Turkey sticks knives and forks to his skin

Huseyin says there is no need to take his son to the doctor

His dad Huseyin said: "He can attract any type of small kitchenware. I haven't taken him to the hospital because he has no health issues. He is doing well at school and is good at sports too."

The phenomenon is sometimes referred to as "human magnetism" and some have said they can also attract other types of materials, such as glass, porcelain, wood or plastic.

Many mainstream scientists, however, believe that it is, in fact, nothing more than unusually greasy skin.

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