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The strong Magnet in my Finger - Part 1

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Published on Sep 3, 2013

Watch Part 2 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVnqru...

One week ago I've had a piercer implant a magnet into the tip of my left ring finger opposite the thumb. Once my finger regains feeling I will be able to sense otherwise invisible electromagnetic alternating fields like those coming from electric fans, live wires, microwave ovens, shop security systems, phones, power bricks, and countless other things. My reason for getting the implant was to satisfy my curiosity regarding this sixth sense. It also makes for great bar tricks.

This video demonstrates the strength of the magnet and shows how well it has healed within 6-7 days. The lump you can see in my finger is largely due to swelling and will eventually disappear. The small scab you see is where the large needle (and later the magnet) was inserted. So far the nerves have not fully regrown so some parts inside my finger are still numb-ish. That means I can't feel subtle electromagnetic fields yet.

The magnet in my finger is the latest generation of Samppa von Cyborg's neodymium implants coated with injection molded and biocompatible parylene. They are cylindrical and tiny, and quite strong compared to Steve Haworth's first generation magnets which were disc shaped. I think Haworth is currently also working on stronger cylindrical magnetic implants.

The procedure was performed by the excellent folks at Visavajara in Freiburg, Germany. If you live near Freiburg I recommend going there for all piercing and body modification needs.


Some answers for the curious:

No, the parylene coating will almost certainly not break. They have come very far since the first neodymium magnets have been implanted into peoples' fingers. Problems with the coating rupturing became a thing of the past when magnets started being coated by injection mold rather than dip coating.

Yes, I will have to have this removed before an MRI, it's nothing more than a small cut/punch to remove the magnet though. Also I have never had to have an MRI in my life so far. Just in case of an emergency I will be carrying a small card with infos about my implant next to my organ donor card.

No, I will not mess up my phone or randomly stick to metal objects. I will have to perform some testing with magnetic strips on credit cards though. The previous weaker generation of magnetic implants could not erase magnetic strips. I do have two hands and can handle magnetic strip cards with my right hand if necessary.

Yes, the procedure hurt. Your ring finger tips are among the most nerve rich areas in your body, which makes them ideal for feeling the magnet vibrate in the presence of an electromagnetic alternating field, but it also makes the procedure painful.

Yes, I'm a bit crazy and a bit eccentric. I have made this video not for bragging rights but primarily to show the strength of this generation of magnet, because all the videos I could find only showed the weaker disc shape magnets Haworth created, that can lift paper clips and drag bottle caps across the table.

No, I am not a body modification nut. I'm a geek or nerd. I have no tattoos and no piercings except for a ring through my left ear lobe. The magnet is the first thing I have ever let anyone insert under my skin.

You can see images of the procedure from last week in this gallery, including an image of the magnet itself (warning, some blood):
https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A...

Music: Majesty by lastfuture http://lastfuture.bandcamp.com/track/...

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