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- Vol. 20
- No. 14
Danville's Dowsers Agree: to Err in Finding Water Is Human, to Find It with a Stick, Divining
Obviously, 20th-century dowsing isn't limited to scouting wells with a forked stick. Practitioners use twigs, metal rods and pendulums to dowse—or "divine"—medical problems, structural deficiencies in buildings, psychic vibrations and mineral deposits. Oklahoman David Bagley told a packed audience that he had dowsed for 450 oil wells. Water hunter Paul Sevigny also dowsed for a lost wallet. But the award for creative dowsing should probably go to Dennis Fassler of New York. "The guys in my office thought I was nuts," says Fassler, "until I told them I could tell if a girl wanted to date me by asking the pendulum."
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