Is this boy really magnetic? Or does he just have rather sticky, sweaty skin?
Certainly the video of Nikolai Kryaglyachenko gives the appearance of the 12-year-old being blessed with superpowers.
And indeed, the lad is being widely reported around the world as a living magnet with powers akin to Marvel comic book hero Magneto from X Men.
Nikolai himself claims to have become irresistible to all things metal (coins and spoons being especially attracted) after he was knocked unconscious by a huge electrical shock after he leant against a lamp post that was live from a faulty wire.
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