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Posted by abeodbart September 30, 2010 at 8:56 am

“Do you hate getting electrically shocked during the winter? Too bad you’re not Rajmohan Nair, an Indian man who is literally immune to electrocution.

Dubbed the ‘Electro Man’ on the History Channel’s premier reality series, “Stan Lee’s Superhumans,” Rajmohan has the superhuman ability to conduct large currents of electricity without suffering any bodily harm whatsoever.

Just watch below as exposed wires are wrapped around him and then powered. The electricity flows from the plug, through Rajmohan, and to a lightbulb and, later on, a hotplate.

Note that when he’s in the process of conducting, he for some odd reason cannot see—as his eyes become glazed over.

Please do not try any of this at home. Rajmohan is a rarity, as most humans cannot safely conduct such high levels of electricity. If you were to do this at home, you would most likely die. In fact, according to host Daniel Smith, Rajmohan is approximately 10-times more resistant to electricity than the average human.”

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September 30, 2010 at 9:16 am
Sian says:

Shocking stuff.

September 30, 2010 at 9:59 am
Will says:

I was once electrocuted and whilst it was happening, I couldn’t see either. It was very odd – a nasty 50Hz buzz through my whole body – my vision went completely and I thought I was going to die as I wasn’t sure if I was breathing or not.

Note to self: don’t use your teeth to strip insulation from live wires.

September 30, 2010 at 10:02 am
brett says:

Gah, I have to know what makes him different. This is so frustratingly tantalising.

September 30, 2010 at 10:59 am
Chirag says:

Amazing. Now if only he could harness the power and bolt it out of his body like Raiden from the game Mortal Kombat 😉

September 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Mark says:

That is out of this world!! Actually I think the most amazing Super Human I’ve ever seen or heard of. Good find. 😉

September 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm
Mark says:

Oops actually I 4got about one guy that I know a lot about who is number 1 😉

September 30, 2010 at 4:53 pm
Steve says:

I didn’t get it as bad as Will up there, but true enough, when I got a 240V shock from a fuse holder on my washing machine, my vision went weird.

September 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm
Mark lennox says:

Did anyone notice that they measured the voltage across two socket holes horizontally, and then the plug was plugged in vertically?

September 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Steve says:


September 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm
mango says:

He must be the real Desmond from Lost..

September 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm
Daniel says:

I’ve heard about this before.
If I remember correctly, it is an old fakir trick.
I honestly don’t know enough about electricity, but it was something like the amps being high but not the volts.
If one is low, the light goes on, but you get no shock.
This is how magicians and ‘psychics’ do the hold a lightbulb and power it up with the mind trick.

Please, someone who knows this better than me clarify. If I remember even half correct, the jounalist should be ashamed and get off tv and back to research school.

October 1, 2010 at 12:31 am
Thom says:

Surprised that Derren would be duped by this. The simple physics of a current flowing through a poor conductor(flesh and blood) producing heat, and the inevitable disruption of the bodies normal electrical impulses (resulting in heart attack) proves this to be an trick/illusion.

October 1, 2010 at 12:32 am
Thom says:

Steve Says:


October 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm
Jon Mac says:

What’s this doing on DB’s blog? He of all peopel must know it’s an illusion. Leaving aside the fact that human biology is not that variable, and he would be killed if what is claimed were true, it isn’t possible to light a bulb via a human body due to the resistance level of its tissue.

Or am I missing some sarcasm somewhere?

– yes – Phillis

October 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm
Pharkus says:

There is no way he could survive the current required by a hotplate. It is not possible. If his DC resistence is over 1 Meg Ohms law says he could not conduct enough to even heat the hotplate. 1 Meg resistor in that circuit not enough current going to flow. So is his resistence wrong? Or is it a prank?


October 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Berber Anna says:

Daniel, probably the other way around. In an episode of Mythbusters on Discovery channel, they demonstrated that you can withstand a lot of volts if the amps are low enough (if I recall correctly). As Adam Savage said: ‘It’s not the volts that kill you, it’s the amps’.

Thom, look at those red letters above the post. The fact that they say ‘Phillis’ means that Derren didn’t post this.

– If anything the story is just amusing – Phillis

October 2, 2010 at 12:37 am
Per says:

I have the equivalent of a high school education in electrics (or whatever one should call it), so I am no wxpert but I know the basics. Imagine a dam. The weight of the water in the lake is the voltage (V), the power. Hatches open to let water through, the hatches are the RESISTANCE (ohms). The more the hatches open, the more water comes through, the water shooting out of the hatches are the energy being released, the CURRENT (Amperes). It is very logical on a fundamental basis.

A few things are fishy about the video. Firstly, when he with the instrument showed that the fakir seemed to have a higher body resistance than normal, that does not say anything to prove it all being “true”. The higher his resistance, the lower the current through his body, LOWER. In short: fake.

October 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm
sailor says:

So people are still being fooled by Indian tricksters?
Everything was done in his home with his equipment, plenty of room for fakiry here.

October 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm
JonMac says:

Right, so it was tongue-in-cheek. That was not evident from the post, in fact the opposite is true. It’s only because I know DB to be a sceptic that I thought otherwise.

It might be nice if you made it *at all* obvious that it’s just for info, or people – particularly those amongst DB’s fans who insist on thinking he’s actually ‘magic’/psychic/possesses supernatural insight are going to believe it’s an endorsement.

– DB is an entertainer. Everything is for entertainment purposes. We are not proper or qualified journalists and do this simply to entertain the fans in an area we feel is interesting to them – sorry if you missed that point but we’re happy to say it if asked but shouldn’t feel the need to spell it out. :) – Phillis

October 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Tyler says:

This is not a trick, but this man is also not unique. High voltage ac current will conduct around the skin an a depth shallow enough that the nerves cannot even feel it. HIs resistance may be very high on his skin, but most humans have a deceptively high resistance on the surface of their skin. If he had pierced his skin he probably would have died.

December 14, 2010 at 6:35 am
Nick says:

“This is not a trick, but this man is also not unique. High voltage ac current will conduct around the skin an a depth shallow enough that the nerves cannot even feel it. HIs resistance may be very high on his skin, but most humans have a deceptively high resistance on the surface of their skin.”

This is an old myth – the “skin effect” (which you are referring to) has nothing to do with human skin – it is a physical effect seen in conductors at RF frequencies, not at 50 Hz. For a human at 50/60Hz, the “skin effect” depth is several feet, i.e. it does not effect humans.

The guy’s DC resistance is high because he is used to the climate, whereas the presenter, who is sweating, has a much lower resistance. You can test this at home easily with a multimeter.


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