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Telekinesis
Power Information
Effects

Moving objects/beings with the mind, channeled through the hands or eyes

Trigger

Anger / Squint Eyes / Hand Gestures

Alignment

Neutral

Category

Active Power

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Telekinesis is the ability to move objects as well as individuals with the mind. It can be channeled through the eyes or hands, the latter being the most common way to use the power. This is one of the most common yet strongest powers possessed by magical beings, be they good, evil or neutral.

Strength and Skill

The strength of Telekinesis varies depending on the strength and skill of users. A lot of practice and concentration will improve the precision and accuracy as well as the distance that objects/beings can be moved. When Prue learned how to channel her power through her hands, she found herself stronger, being able to move objects by just flicking her fingers.

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Grams moves the sisters out the manor

Notable Examples

  • The Book of Shadows states that Brianna Bowen was able to send the Crystal Sword from one of the Lords of War hundreds of miles away using her telekinesis, a thought-impossible feat which amazed her descendant, Prue Halliwell.
  • In 1975, when the Charmed Ones visited the past, their grandmother, Penny Halliwell, thought they were warlocks. Using her telekinesis, Penny was able to move the sisters through an intricate path out to the porch, showing both the strength and skill which she possessed.
  • On Piper's wedding day, Grams was able to telekinetically play Pachelbel's Canon on wind-chimes with little to no effort, while performing the wedding ceremony and other telekinetic feats.

Channeling

Phoebe: "You concentrate on an object like that candle right there. And then you just wave your arm at it."
Piper: "Or, uh, you could squint your eyes. She used to squint her eyes."
— Phoebe and Piper explaining how Prue used telekinesis[src]

Eyes

Prue using telekinesis with her eyes

Prue channelling telekinesis through her eyes

Prue initially channeled her power through her eyes, often by narrowing her eyelids and focusing her eyes on her intended target. She also once successfully used her power by completely shutting her eyes when in danger.[1] As her power grew, she found she was able to channel her powers through her hands. When her powers first manifested through her hands, she lifted both a Grimlock and a small boy for a few moments without any sign of concentration. This occurred one year after she regained her powers in 1998. Phoebe Halliwell noted this as a part of Prue's power growth, while also claiming that her continuous squinting of the eyes started to give her facial lines.[2] Even though Prue started to primarily channel her power through her hands after this point, she still used her eyes on several occasions, particularly when her hands were bound.[3][4]

Hands

As she became more comfortable channeling her power through her hands she found herself stronger, able to send a single demon flying by flicking her fingers.[5]

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Prue channeling telekinesis through her hands

She was even able to move objects with a mere crook or twitch of one finger.[6][7] Despite this, Prue preferred to channel her power by swinging her arm widely to fling enemies for the best result, though thrusting her arm forward was equally as effective.[2][8] When it came to moving lighter objects, Prue tended to simply flick her fingers (either using just her index finger or both her index and middle fingers).

Other telekinetics like Billie Jenkins and Chris Halliwell preferred to thrust one or both arms to fling enemies[9][10] while Penny tended to gesture her arm forward while pointing her index and middle fingers or with her palms facing outward.[11][12][13]

Although she learned to channel her power through her hands later, Prue used her hands before, almost strangling her ex and boss when her powers were unbound.[14] As a little girl, she was seen channeling her power both through the eyes and through her hands but with much more control and power than Prue as an adult at that time.

Usage in Combat

Telekinesis is also an extremely helpful power in close-quarters combat. Very much like Levitation, this power can be used to enhance one's strength and to even slightly defy gravity, which makes telekinesis one of the more versatile powers.

Prue Halliwell

Prue started to show acrobatic feats particularly in a fight against demon wrestlers.[15] Prue first used her telekinesis to increase the strength of her blows when she became a man. She also used it to grant herself seemingly superhuman physical attributes when she battled Vinceres. These supernaturally enhanced stunts were seen later when training with the whitelighter Natalie; Prue used her powers to run up a wall. Then when she faced demonic wrestlers, she was able to jump higher than naturally feasible during the fight; a stunt that even surprised her sister Phoebe who was capable of complete Levitation. In the same fight, Prue performed gravity defying flips and kicks. In an alternate timeline, shortly before her death, an enraged Prue used similar telekinetic punches to the ones she used when turned into a man; sending SWAT members flying outside the room with her magically intensified blows.

Billie Jenkins

Billie also demonstrated how telekinesis can be used to enhance one's combat skills and agility.[16] She could perform flips, leaps and jumps that would otherwise be impossible for a normal human being to do so without her telekinetic powers while making them look effortless.

List of beings who use(d) Telekinesis

Original power
Through spell, potion, power stealing, etc.

Abilities developed from Telekinesis

Simulating Levitation

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Prue Halliwell using her power to walk up a wall (Click for animation)

Main article: Levitation

Users of telekinesis can use their power to levitate themselves for a short period. This allows them to defy gravity momentarily, but does not allow sustained hovering. An example of this is Prue, a telekinetic witch. Prue was seen levitating herself numerous times, such as the time when she fought the demonic wrestlers. During this battle Prue leaped into the air and kicked both of them in the face.

Users can also land safely when falling/jumping from great heights, evident by Matthew Tate, who copied and used Prue's telekinesis to jump out from her office window and land unharmed.

Super Strength

Main article: Super Strength
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Prue uses telekinesis to fend off a SWAT member (Click for animation)

Telekinesis, when used the right way, could grant the user a degree of superhuman strength.

Prue learned to do this during the her second year as a witch, performing physical actions that were enhanced by her telekinetic power. She used this make punches powerful enough to knock out two large men while briefly turned into a man herself, toss an attacking mortal with a mere shove, battle powerful demons like Vinceres and demonic wrestlers and send a SWAT team member flying.

Agility

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Billie showing some agility skills

Main article: Agility

The ability that provides the possessor with inhuman agility, reflexes, and speed. It allows them to perform incredible feats such as superhuman jumps and leaps without much effort.

Prue and Billie can access agility, through their telekinetic powers and perform even greater athletic maneuvers. They have also use it to amp up their fighting, which make their attacks even more deadly. Both have been shown to use this skill in combat.

Deviation

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Prue deviates an energy beam

Main article: Deviation

When Prue learned how to channel her power through her hands, she gained the ability to deviate several types of attacks; fire- and energy balls, energy beams. Although this ability is often confused with the power of Deflection and even though deviation is a completely separate power, it is an ability that can be achieved through powers such as Telekinesis or Molecular Combustion.

Strangulation and Crushing

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Chris crushing the heart of a Valkyrie

Main articles: Strangulation and Crushing

Abilities that can be achieved through telekinesis, making users able to strangle their opponent or crush their skulls, heart, or any other organs. The distance limit between the user and the victim is dependent on the strength and skill of the user. Both Wyatt and Chris Halliwell have shown to be using these abilities. Chris once used it to crush the heart of three Valkyries in order to obtain their magical pendants, and Wyatt used it to try and kill Chris, by strangling him telekinetically, in the dark, alternate future.

Powers developed from Telekinesis

Advanced Telekinesis

Main article: Advanced Telekinesis
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A wave of telekinetic energy going towards various objects in the attic.

This power is an advanced form of Telekinesis. It is, in and of itself, not a solely combustive power, but can cause explosions of any size by stimulating the heat molecules while moving objects with the mind. It can also allow the user to lift and/or manipulate heavier objects, even more than one at a time.

Prue Halliwell developed this power in the alternate 2009 future and when she temporarily possessed the power of Empathy. Not only did Prue develop this power, her ancestor Brianna Bowen had developed this power as well. She's noted in the Book of Shadows for separating the Lord of War and his sword by moving the latter hundreds of miles away.

Telematerialization

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Prue moving the cream into her tea

Main article: Telematerialization

This power allows the user to use telekinesis to teleport objects, just like the power of Telekinetic Orbing, from one place to another. This power has visual requirement as the user has to see which object they want to move and where they want to teleport it to, unlike psychokinesis.

Prue developed this power at the same time as her telekinesis power, when Phoebe told her that she was a witch with supernatural powers. Frustrated, Prue moved the cup of cream towards her and filled her tea with the cream, discovering that she was in fact a witch.

Powers Similar to Telekinesis

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Prue midst astral projecting next to Piper

Astral Projection

Main article: Astral Projection
Piper: "What the hell just happened?"
Prue: "I don’t know. I think it was some sort of astral projection."
Piper: "How did you do it?"
Prue: "I don’t know. I just felt this desperate need for there to be two of me and all of a sudden there was."
Piper: "Do you think this is part of your powers growing?"
Prue: "Maybe. I mean, if I can move things with my mind, why not my body."
Piper and Prue after discovering her new power[src]

This power is considered an advancement of telekinesis for certain witches. It allows them to move out of their own body, thus create an astral form of themselves. While in "astral mode", powers are dormant. However, some advanced users have mastered the skill to use their powers when astral projecting, such as Prue did when her powers were boosted by Empathy.

Telekinetic Orbing

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Paige Matthews orbing a crossbow into her hands

Main article: Telekinetic Orbing

This is a hybrid combination of Orbing and Telekinesis. When the user wants to move an object, they will have to call out its name. The object will then disappear in orbs and reappear in the user's hands or any place the user desires. This is the primary power of Paige Matthews, who possessed this power due to her Whitelighter hertiage.

Psychokinesis

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Max in a trance whilst using his power

Main article: Psychokinesis

This power allows the user to move things they cannot see with the power of their mind. Psychokinetics are even able to affect complex machinery whose inner workings are foreign to them. A young witch named Max Franklin was a psychokinetic, just like his mother. When Max used his power, he went into a trance-like state.

Notes and Trivia

  • After Prue learns to channel her power through her hands, she channels her power through her eyes five more times; in "Witch Trial", "The Devil's Music", "P3 H2O", "Give Me a Sign", and "Sight Unseen"
  • Prue was the only naturally telekinetic being to be seen channeling the power through her eyes until the Source channeled it through his eyes in Charmed Again, Part 2. All other magical beings who have naturally possessed telekinesis channeled it through hands. The witch Brianna Bowen was stated to exclusively channel her telekinesis through her hands, meaning that she could be rendered helpless if her hands were bound.[18]
  • Although Prue couldn't use her hands in the beginning to channel her power, in the Unaired Pilot she uses her finger to close the front door. In the aired pilot she closes the front door using her eyes. The unaired version of the scene was used in the opening credits for the first three seasons.
  • Although Prue wasn't able to channel her power through hands in early Season 1 on her own command, she channeled it in first episode, when she almost choke Roger with his tie, by a hands movement.
  • All of the Charmed Ones, except for Prue and Paige who were born with them, have possessed telekinetic abilities at least once in their lives; Piper when she became a Valkyrie[19], and Phoebe when she had switched powers with Prue[20], when she became a warlock[21] and when she copied Piper's Valkyrie powers through her Empathy power.[22]
  • Some users of Telekinesis have shown to be able to unfreeze those who are frozen by Molecular Immobilization. Prue unfroze Inspector Rodriguez[23] and Grams unfroze Andy.[24]
  • When a witch uses telekinesis (save for Grams, Chris, Wyatt, Richard and Simon), there is always a sound effect heard. However, when another being uses telekinesis (such as demons, valkyres, Shiva etc.), you can only hear the sound of an object moving rapidly through the air. Any being that acquired Prue's telekinesis also would have the same sound effect as Prue would.
  • This is the last power seen onscreen used by Piper's Granddaughter.
  • When Phoebe possessed this power after she switched powers with Prue, she didn't like it very much and found it difficult to use, but when she was a warlock, although she used it on only one occasion, she showed master control over it.

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