I am a man of science and when I first saw this I tried to debunk it, but I couldn't so I began searching for a scientific explanation..
1. If you watch John Chang you'll realize he is able to shock on just will power and demand. Ruling out the battery.
2. This Bio-electromagnetic force has been observed all over the world, it is real and studied by science, in fact brain waves are a type of Bio-electromagnetic force.
3. Here is a video of Asians born with this bio-electromagnetic force.
So I highly doubt he i bsing, I study neurology and theoretically it is possible to channel that force in the person's favor. There have been numerous cases of people being able to control neurotransmitters in their body by simply willing it through hypnosis or other means. Dopamine, non-epinephrine, epinephrine, serotonin, GABA, histamines are all controlled by our brain.
I'm posting here because I just googled John Chang and got this thread as the first hit. I was looking for any updates on John Chang. I've read this thread before but didn't feel the need to respond. Since it came up first on google I figure I better chime in.
I finished my masters degree at the U of MInnesota in 2000 by training in how to create electromagnetic energy in my body -- I trained with a real internationally certified qigong master named Chunyi Lin.
John Chang is considered a qigong master -- a term that is broad as the word qigong was coined by the Communists for a type of training that is ancient in Asia but can be traced back to the original human culture in Africa, the Khoisan Bushmen going back to 100,000 BCE.
Yeah so this is a lineage and area of study -- as was mentioned -- that science calls bioelectromagnetics but that's just one term. Quantum biology is a new field that best explains this topic in terms of science.
I've written a lot on this -- there are various scientists investigating qigong but it's basically the same training as yoga or alchemy in Asia.
O.K. so first of all -- any of you so-called "skeptics" -- you need to do background research on this topic.
A great background book is "Qigong Fever" by Dr. David Palmer. It's an academic text that gives the history of China's training in paranormal bioelectromagnetic energy.
So John Chang can be considered part of that lineage.
Now if a person wants to find out if this stuff is real -- specifically if John Chang is real -- then first of all consider if others have investigated him. There is a qigong forum called http://thetaobums.com which has featured several students of John Chang -- direct students who can testify that John Chang's abilities are real. Here's an interview with one of John Chang's students
Now then we consider -- are there similarities to John Chang? Because if John Chang is real - and he is - then there should be others who can do the same.
Sure enough -- I can provide you with that information.
Then, he said he wanted to make another demonstration. He grasped a piece of paper from the table, newspaper. He put it in his hand and just stared at it. Within one or two minutes, smoke came out and then, Voom! Fire. I just said, "Wow."
After my first master's meditations, my back pain completely went away but I still had two bone spurs on my spine. So, I asked Master Yau if he could do some thing for my back. He said, "Oh, yes." He used two fingers to touch my back. Within one or two minutes, his fingers felt like two burning hot iron stakes. Very, very hot. Oh, you just don't know the sensation. It was like fire burning there. Later, when I got home I found two fingerprints on my back where he touched me.
To tell the truth, I also wanted to test Master Yau to see whether the burning paper was real or not. Many people called themselves Qigong masters but they were fakes. They would make demonstrations like that but put some sort of chemical on the paper and hold it in the sun and it would burst into flames. Like a magician's trick. So, I still did not trust him completely. But, after he touched me with his two fingers, and the bone spurs completely disappeared, I totally believed in him and told him I wanted to have him teach me.
So that's testimony of the same ability -- to light things on fire -- using the qi energy -- from a teacher that I personally trained with -- Chunyi Lin of http://springforestqigong.com
So the skeptics use bad methodology -- they state -- well this can be faked -- so it must be fake.
That obviously is not good logic.
O.K. so we've now established that
1) Others have directly verified John Chang is the real deal.
2) Other qigong masters have this same ability as John Chang.
Now the question remains -- how is this ability possible based on western science.
In this regard a person truly interesting in investigating this can take the anthropological approach of interactive research.
As I stated I did this to finish my masters degree and I confirmed it is real. I won't give all the details - -but it was not only amazing - the electromagnetic fields were very strong! But also it opened up the same spiritual reality of ghosts, etc. that John Chang interacts with. I saw ghosts directly and this was confirmed to me by qigong master Chunyi Lin.
O.K. so if you do the training - -- some anthropologists have done similarly.
Anyway the training is very strict and difficult to do at an advanced level but the results are permanent mind-body transformation. What's called an "enlightenment experience."
O.K. so then the question is how is this explained rationally in terms of Western science. Quantum biology provides the best answer as I described before. Read this interview with quantum biologist Dr. Mae-Wan Ho.
O.K. so there are specific steps to the training - they still remain fairly unknown in the West due to our materialistic bias and also due to the Westernization of the rest of human cultures -- these abilities are vanishing.
I did first encounter another real qigong master who blew the fuse in the room behind us at her University demonstration -- Dr. Effie P. Chow. She lives in San Francisco. So people can go check her out.
I've watched the video. I wish they had long continuous shots of him and even then I would still only believe it if I was there in person. How did he ignite the paper? Did he use the electric current from a device?
You ask how did he ignite the paper and so then you need to research how qigong works.
The question is do you want to know how qigong works? If you do sincerely then I can provide information.
But if people just want to dismiss information without investigating the context of the video then there's no point in force-feeding anyone.
At this point, one can even burn clothes merely by giving a look.