Thursday, April 01, 2010

Power Balance Bracelet

A colleague at school is an accomplished runner and a world traveler. While in Spain, he learned of a "balance bracelet." For a mere €26 ($60-ish), he could purchase a bracelet which would purportedly improve his athletic performance. The bracelet includes a hologram which, according to promoters, "resonates at the frequency of the human energy field."

He asked me about it, because he knows I'm a skeptical type. Once I heard about the resonant hologram, I told him the bracelet was bunk. But I was intrigued, so I scoped it out. The demonstration is compelling!

Even more so with noted scientist and skeptic, Shaquille O'Neal.

But Richard Saunders' simple and effective debunk is almost too easy.

When working out and training, hard work and blood/sweat/tears are no longer required for athletic performance gains--when donning a bracelet can substitute for all that pain--I, too will be a world-class athlete.


The Amazing Stevie Ray said...

I get such a rush every time I play with my biofield! I'm just hoping I don't go blind in the process.

Bryce said...

I understand why people use words such as "elegant" when describing such an elegant solution such as this one. There are many ways, i imagine, that one could debunk this myth, but having the seller of the snake oil do it is just beautiful.

Dean Baird said...

Aussie Richard Saunders is one of the best. He's been featured at TAM and heads the Skeptic Zone podcast.

Anonymous said...

I thik It's really works. because I bought one from

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It just explains how the tests works




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Anonymous said...

hey old man baird was it mr casazza? i recall him doing a test on me in class with some balance improvement device. however, he failed to remember my abilities as a unicyclist. a confounding variable, obviously. needless to say, the balance band failed miserably.

Anonymous said...

i also like how the youtube channel only lets you comment if it has been approved. what bull crap

Dean Baird said...

The promoters of the product know how to perform the tests so as to make the product appear to work. If you do the tests fairly, they don't work.

One easy debunk of the flexibility test is to rotate as far as possible WITH the bracelet on, then remove the bracelet and try again. You'll flex farther without the bracelet, because you ALWAYS flex farther in the second attempt.

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