Anybody heard of James Hydrick?
Below, I've pasted in the text of a Wikipedia article on a guy named James Hydrick, a fraudulent martial arts instructor and psychic who gained some notoriety in the early 1980s. I did a Bullshido search for "hydrick" and didn't get any hits, so this may be the first time anybody's mentioned the guy here.
The only reason I know about him is because "Inside Kung-Fu" ran two large feature articles on him (one of them a cover story) that I may still have stashed away with the rest of my old martial arts magazines somewhere.
The URL at the end of the Wikipedia article has a lengthy piece that focuses on Hydrick's psychic B.S.
Here's the Wikipedia article...
James Hydrick was a martial arts instructor and psychic who claimed to be able to move objects with his mind.
James Hydrick's brief claim to fame arose in 1981 in Salt Lake City where he had a cult like following. He claimed he was a psychic who was able to use mind control to turn the pages of books and make pencils spin around while placed on the edge of a desk.
He had also set up martial arts classes and claimed he could pass on the gift of psychokinesis to youngsters through special training techniques.
However, he was later exposed as a fraud by investigative journalist Dan Korem who discovered Hydrick had developed an exterordinary talent for blowing small but powerful jets of air from his mouth, while showing absolutely no signs of expression or effort. To Hydrick's credit, he came clean and admitted he developed his unqiue talent while he was in prison, and didn't learn it from a Chinese master as he originally claimed.
With fame no longer an option, Hydrick's life became something of a mystery. Reports suggest that he was jailed again, only for him to escape and not be seen ever again.