A nine-year-old boy in India has become a local celebrity after claiming he can light electric bulbs by touching it.
Video footage appears to show Abu Thahir from Alapuzzha, Kerala, India, lighting LED bulbs with his bare hands and feet.
The boy claims he discovered his supposed ‘talent’ when his electrician father Nazir brought home a bulb from work and it lit up as he held it.
His family claims that his ‘skill’ is genuine, and while the video does show the bulbs lighting up, the camera never films his entire body.
This means it is possible that the electricity is made to enter his body via one of his limbs and that his body acting as a conductor.
Humans have different levels of resistance, and electric currents can have more or less of an effect on individuals, depending on voltage, duration and current pathway.
This is, for example, why it is possible to survive being hit by a bolt of lightning if the current does not exit the body via the heart.
In previous reports of ‘human light bulbs’, it has been claimed that a lack of sweat glands can have an impact on ability to resist shock, but this has not been confirmed.
There is no medical or scientific explanation as to why some people have been able to show this type of behaviour in the past, although it has been documented on several occasions.
One local said: ‘According to his father, he bought a bulb and after returning to home, he handed it over to Thahir to keep it safely on a rack.
‘But as soon as Thahir held it the bulb lit up. Considering it as some prank, Nazir scolded Thahir to stop, but Thahir could not.
‘Shocked Nazir pressed the bulb to other parts of his body and to his amusement, the moment he pressed it to Thahir, it again lit up.
‘He repeated it only to learn any part of his son’s body was able to light the bulb. He considers it as a gift given by God to his son.’