Liew Thow Lin

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Liew Thow Lin (March 31 1930 - April 9 2013) (Chinese: 劉少林) of Malaysia was known as the "Magnet Man", (Chinese: 磁人),[1] "Magnetic Man"[2] or "Mr. Magnet"[3] because he has the ability to stick metal objects to his body.

Liew has performed in many charity events showing his ability.[citation needed] He can make metal objects, weighing up to 2 kg each, up to 36 kg total,[3] stick to his skin. He has also pulled a car using this ability.[4]

Liew's ability is not due to any source of magnetism. Scientists from Malaysia's University of Technology found no magnetic field in Lin's body, but did determine that his skin exhibits very high levels of friction,[3] providing a "suction effect".[4] The trait appears to be genetic, appearing in Lin's three grandchildren.[3] Liew was featured on the second episode of the Discovery Channel's One Step Beyond.[1]


  1. ^ a b "One Step Beyond: Episode Descriptions". Discovery Channel. Discovery Communications, LLC. Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Meet Liew Thow Lin aka Malaysias Mr. Magnetic Man". Mystery History TV. WordPress. November 14, 2012. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Thomas, James (December 10, 2001). "Magnet man?". Science World. CNET Networks, Inc. Archived from the original on December 1, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2007 – via FindArticles.
  4. ^ a b "Same Old Magnetic Flummery"". James Randi Educational Foundation. August 27, 2004. Retrieved October 16, 2007.