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May 24, 2014

X-Men enthusiast turns himself into a real-world Magneto (sort of)

by John_A

Sure, we’d all love to have at least a few super powers, but finding the right scientific “accident” to make your dreams comes true can be such a hassle. One British inventor, Colin Furze, is taking matters into to his own hands, and has started designing projects that give him some of the same abilities as X-Men characters. He started with real-world Wolverine claws, and now he’s channeling metal-master Magneto with shoes that let him walk on the ceiling. It’s not exactly the same experience you might have if your whole body was able to control magnetic fields, but it’s still pretty impressive to watch.

Creating the mutant footwear was pretty complicated, and involved a few trials and a lot of errors. Furze’s first idea involved placing small electromagnets inside the soles of his shoes, a solution that wasn’t strong enough to hold his 177-pound frame. Strapped for cash and on the hunt for something stronger, his search eventually led him to a junkyard. Turns out, the transformers in microwaves can actually work as pretty powerful magnets when electrically charged. They’re so strong in fact he needed to strap just one of them to each foot in order suspend himself from a metal rod in the ceiling of his garage.

After figuring that out, the final step was working out how to move, a problem he solved with handheld switches that power the current on and off temporarily releasing the magnet’s hold. Ultimately Furze was able to take a pretty epic upside-down stroll, complete with a not-so-successful snack break. While impressive, the magnetic trick is also far from his last attempt at mutant glory. Furze plans on posting his next, currently secret, creation on May 29th. After seeing his success so far, we’d love for him to take on one of the female X-Men. Controlling the weather like Storm can’t be that hard, can it?

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Via: The Creators Project

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