My previous/first post on here was to brainstorm a means of telekinesis and pyrokinesis (even if very limited) that violates physics the least. Now I do realize that a lot of handwaving and number-fudging will still be necessary, but I feel that the diamagnetic levitation approach at least sounds the most sound.
So how exactly might that work? Not how the brain would produce such a magnetic field, nor how the mage/psi would acquire the necessary energy, as those are my last and probably most-handwaved concerned. What kind of materials are diamagnetic? What other affects (damage, pain in living targets, etc) would the materials experience? How much energy does it take to produce a diamagnetic field and levitate objects with it?
Also, might other types of magnetism be applicable to my pseudoscientfic electromagnetic telekinesis approach? Such as ferromagnetism, the only other one I can name? I'm not looking for godlike furniture-flying-around telekinesis, more like "my limbs are all shackled, and I can unlock my restraints with my brainwaves in a pinch, but the requirements/consequences might almost be not worth it". And things like shackles are why I also asked about ferromagnetism.
May be good to inform y'all at this time that while I may write science-fantasy and not high fantasy, the setting itself is pretty low-tech. 1750s minus gunpowder at its best. So no nanotech or particle generators, and while the minds of the day have a fairly good understanding of how magic/psionics work, their terminology is much less technical than nowadays. Though the fantasy presentation is irrelevant to the somewhat-ish scientific mechanisms I seek.
Again, all the answers to my last post were absolutely lovely! Much better than any other science or writing forums I've tried! I just need some elaboration/collaboration on certain points to minimize the handwavium and preteen-esque math errors as much possible. Thanks for all help!