A person is seen placing four spoons in the shape of a square in the 43-second video. Next, he gradually puts a battery at the beginning of each spoon handle. Then, he inserts a coin into the center of the square that the spoon created. Now, the coin moving in a circular motion upwards is seen. You can view a similar claim post here.
What’s the truth?
When we started our analysis with the keyword search, it led us to some YouTube videos with clear explanations about how this is done.
According to the YouTube ‘The Dad Lab’ they have recreated the same experiment step by step and shown the results are fake.
What is the trick?
The trick is once the spoon and batteries are set, put the coin spinning in the middle of the square or even a triangle set-up made with spoons or forks. Then start recording the camera, also when the coin stops spinning, remove one of the batteries from the setup. Now, stop recording your camera, trim the video, and then reverse it, so that’s the result version that we are seeing in the viral video.
When we intensified our search, we found this same experiment was done and explained by another YouTube video with the caption “Coin spin experiment. Is it real science or fake?” Also, he explains how the reverse camera trick is used in fake science experiments and asks the viewers to send him similar videos which he will debunk and tell how exactly it’s done.
The information mentioned above confirms the theory that coins that spin on batteries are fake and is the result of photographic effects.
We therefore conclude that the video, which purports to demonstrate a science experiment in which a coin is spun using four spoons and batteries, is a hoax. In actuality, there is no science involved—this video was made using a reverse camera trick.