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The power of shocking people

Need more electricity? Instead of sussing out an extra socket or extension cord, why not harness the power of an electrically charged friend?
March 1, 2004

Need more electricity? Instead of sussing out an extra socket or extension cord, why not harness the power of an electrically charged friend?

No, this isn’t science fiction, but one of the possibilities examined in a new one-hour coproduction by London-based duo Extreme Entertainment (formerly Extreme International) and Illumina TV for Silverspring, U.S.-based Discovery Health. Electric Children, as they are known, looks at humans who carry so much electrical energy they cause lights to flicker and televisions to turn on and off.

The doc, budgeted at US$170,000, will use scientific case studies from Princeton University‘s Engineering Anomalies Research project to look at how these powerful personalities are able to affect electronic circuitry – sometimes at will. Others, it seems, are not so lucky. Those who are deeply affected often cannot keep household appliances for more than a few weeks. Electric Children, which wraps in July, also investigates what this syndrome might mean for humans in the future. KV

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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