Kiyota, Masuaki (1962– )
Remarkable young Japanese psychic born April 30, 1962
who appears to have extraordinary talents in metal bending
and nengraphy (psychic photography). Kiyota rivals famed
psychics Uri Geller and Matthew Manning in his unusual demonstrations.
Kiyota was elaborately tested and filmed in the
1970s while producing his phenomena. In addition to an appearance
on a Nippon Television program, Kiyota was also featured
on the American program ‘‘Exploring the Unknown’’
(narrated by Burt Lancaster), presented on NBC October 30,
1977. Later in the decade, he was investigated by Walter Uphoff
and his wife Mary Jo, who visited him in Japan.
Kiyota’s reputation as a paranormal metal bender suffered
considerably with his own admission that he had cheated on
two occasions. In the course of a television demonstration in
Tokyo on February 3, 1984, Kiyota was challenged by observers
who accused him of cheating during the metal bending. Kiyota
admitted that he had assisted his claimed psychic efforts by
physical exertion with his hands. A month later, in the course
of an interview on April 27, 1984, with a Mr. Kasahara and Soji
Otani, Kiyota further admitted to cheating on one earlier occasion
during a ‘‘metal-bending party’’ in 1983. Kiyota stated that
he had used normal muscular effort to produce metal distortions.
These admissions have cast doubt over other performances
by Kiyota. It is possible that the great publicity given
to his claimed metal bending abilities put him under pressure
to supplement paranormal ability with fraud, as has been often
claimed in the case of earlier psychics and Spiritualist mediums.
For a thoughtful discussion on the subject of Kiyota’s cheating
and its implications, see the correspondence from Ian Stevenson,
Emily Williams Cook, Carolee A. Werner, Michael
Dennis, H. H. J. Keil, and Peter Phillips, with an additional
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Kiyota, Masuaki
communication from Jules Eisenbud, in the Journal of the
American Society for Psychical Research (vol. 79, no. 2, April
1985). (See also Japan)
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Eisenbud, Jules. ‘‘Some Investigations of Claims of PK Effects
on Metal The Denver Experiments.’’ Journal of the American
Society for Psychical Research 76 (1982).
Uphoff, Walter, and Mary Jo Uphoff. Mind Over Matter Implications
of Masuaki Kiyota’s PK Feats with Metal and Film. Oregon,
Wis. New Frontiers Center, 1980. Reprint, UK Colin
Smythe, 1980.

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