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Re: witching for bones

Roger A. Stephenson explained how one kind of witching works (8/16/96; 

>I can find pipes and pennies and other odd things using hand held 
>devices. For pipes I use two thin copper wires bent into "L" shapes, 
>about 16 inches overall lenght, with the short leg being about 4 inches.
>I hold the short end between thumb and forefinger of both hands with
>arms extended. I position the wires to point straight away from me, and 
>when I encounter a pipe the wires line up with it. There are a lot of 
>people with this "talent" as I was shown how on a construction site. I 
>know this all sounds cornfed, but it works. I don't know how or why but
>it does. I wonder if this would work for bones too, after all they're 
>pipes too.

>I wonder if anyone else has already tried?

My grandfather, who lived in Pasadena, California, was a real desert rat. 
 He loved to go prospecting in the Mojave Desert of southern California.  
Unfortunately, he never struck it rich, or found anything especially 
worthwhile.  He had a professionally-made witching device of similar size 
and design to the one Roger described.  However, the long ends of the 
"bent wire" were fused together, and the end was threaded (like pipe 
threads).  The two short ends, bent to be perpendicular to the long 
piece, were terminated by spherical metallic "balls" about a quarter of 
an inch in diameter.  You could use this device to search for gold, 
silver, or uranium, by screwing on one of three fairly heavy tips, each 
of which contained a small amount of the appropriate material.  The idea 
is that a gold, etc. deposit would attract the point, so it would swing 
in the direction of the deposit.  Of course, you had to hold the "balls" 
in exactly vertical orientation, or the whole thing would swing to the 
side due to gravity.  Thus, it was always swinging from one side to the 
other, and, well, maybe it was because there's some gold nearby, or maybe 
it was because you can't get ever get it truly vertical, and the 
direction of tilt changes.  One of those devices can thus lead you back 
and forth across the desert or perhaps in circles.  And when it is clear 
you're not going to find any gold, you can screw on the siver tip, and do 
the same thing all over again searching for silver. 

And, in the final analysis, maybe it didn't really bother Grandpa that he 
never struck it rich.

Norman R. King                                       tel:  (812) 464-1794
Department of Geosciences                            fax:  (812) 464-1960
University of Southern Indiana
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