Let me introduce myself. I have a twin. We are around our 30's. Even though we are pretty similar (and it's rather obvious we are twins) we are easily distinguishable if you pay enough attention.

The interesting part is that we have telepathy between each other.

This telepathy works as follows:

  • We can turn it off/on whenever one of the two wants.
  • When turned on we share all thoughts and sensorial input.
  • Our brain got used to work with this shared information, so we don't usually get confused due to that.
  • It's a bit like having two screens in front of myself: One's what I see, the other what my twin sees; I can easily focus on my screen, change focus, or try to pay some attention to both.
  • Same's true for the rest of the senses.

  • About thoughts, it needs to be more conscious, and basically, we can hear each other with our inner voice.

  • Our telepathy travels near the speed of light, so it's effectively instantaneous (at least on earth).

Taking that into account, now I wonder: How could we exploit our telepathy?

We are not concerned with moral values but are worried about the risk of getting caught doing something illegal. Our main target would be to get money and power.

Edit a bit of context:

We live in nowadays World. In any suitable country for your answer. We are average, in education, economically, socially, etc (according to the country you choose).

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    $\begingroup$ Host who wants to be a millionaire but not too often! $\endgroup$
    – user6760
    Sep 2, 2016 at 7:11
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    $\begingroup$ Question: does your telepathy lag due to distance between you and your twin (any distance from "out of town" to "another planet/solar system/part of galaxy")? $\endgroup$ Sep 2, 2016 at 8:44
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    $\begingroup$ Back in the 60's it would have been pretty straight forward : one USA president + the other president of USSR = rule the world $\endgroup$ Sep 2, 2016 at 10:59
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    $\begingroup$ Win all the prices set out for people who can reliably prove that they possess paranormal powers. $\endgroup$
    – Annonymus
    Sep 2, 2016 at 11:07
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    $\begingroup$ I think this is pure idea-generation, without a clear enough problem/solution. The focus is vaguely on money/power - but remember the Stack Exchange aims for a single best answer. So what would constitute the best answer? Making the most money in a week? Becoming President? - I think it is too broad.... $\endgroup$
    – Falco
    Sep 2, 2016 at 14:33

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So the ability you two have got is communication without any physical/known channel. Making money with this ability is relatively easy, however gaining power is quite a different (and complex) thing.

Here are some of the methods you can use to win a lot of money in little time.

1- Chess

Yes, chess. Both of you guys learn some chess (beginner level is enough). Let all the people know you are interested in chess. Now just about a month after you guys have started chess, one of you goes on to start challenging chess players in order of increasing expertise. First, a local club player, then a senior club player, to candidate master to master to international master and finally a grandmaster!

The twin who is playing chess would be helped by the other twin, who would use a top chess software to help his sibling with advice on what to play. Considering that some chess programs are even higher rated than grandmasters, he would go on winning match after match.

For the final match (a challenge to a grandmaster) you would want to invest a lot of money on a bet that you would win. The stakes would be really high for the grandmaster so you would likely get a 1-20 or even higher bet rates. Invest all your property in the bet. Get bank loan, lend from loan sharks ... anywhere you can get a scrap of cash.

Win this match and you would land around 50 million dollars or so, with all the bets and rewards from chess organizations for being a chess prodigy and whatnot.

2- Magic Performer Shows

This goes like this. You guys change your appearances. One of you goes on to become a stage magician. The trick he is going to be famous for, is that he can tell what is being done on the stage, even when he is blindfolded completely, with earmuffs and facing away from the stage.

You get any random people from the audience to come and do something on the stage. You get the information about their actions through telepathy and while blindfolded, talk loudly about what is going on at the stage.

You would quickly become more famous and successful than David Copperfield, rolling in cash.

3- Clairvoyant

This should be simple enough. You set up a small group of followers by telling them about news of the world (which are conveyed to you by your twin) and this group grows as you are seemingly aware of the occurrings in the world without any communication links. You get to be a renowned clairvoyant, start advising people on complex matters of life and whatnot and get to become a highly paid ghost communicator and all.

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    $\begingroup$ I am not sure you would get a guaranteed win with a chess engine versus a grandmaster so getting money from loan sharks might not be the best idea. $\endgroup$
    – Pimgd
    Sep 2, 2016 at 14:05
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    $\begingroup$ Sure, only very recent software can beat chess masters, however nothing prevent 1 of the twins to play against another grandmaster instead of AI $\endgroup$ Sep 2, 2016 at 15:09
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    $\begingroup$ With current tech, magick performer one is not that hard though, and neither is clairvoyance one. $\endgroup$ Sep 2, 2016 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Pimgd I'm finding discussions back in 2010 where chess hobbyists say that the computers are so favored in competitions with grand masters that nobody even bets any longer. $\endgroup$
    – Ranger
    Sep 2, 2016 at 16:32
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    $\begingroup$ @Philip except if the telepathy isn't interceptable by technological means, they have no evidence (video or otherwise) that he is cheating... just that he plays a lot like a computer, even though he's sitting right there, with no electronic devices on his person, no spectators making hidden signals, etc. $\endgroup$
    – Doktor J
    Sep 2, 2016 at 18:54

Secure Data Delivery

Suppose a big scary government agency or shady corporation needs extremely sensitive information moved. They can't trust couriers, and they can't transmit it electronically because it could be intercepted. If you can be trusted, you could dictate information from one twin to another. Big scary governments will probably pay you plenty of big scary hush-money for your services.

Cheating on Gameshows/ your SATs

If your abilities are kept secret, get one twin on Jeopardy while the other uses Google. Rake in your reward money, rinse, and repeat. Also, you could easily get a full right through university by doing the same with your SATs - assuming you don't bomb the writing section too badly. For that matter, you could appear to be a test-taking prodigy as long as one of you can stay on a computer. You can be dumb as bricks and graduate with a 4.0 from Harvard.

Master Assassins

One of you goes for dinner with target X. The other camps up on a building with a rifle, taps into the others senses, and lines up a perfect headshot through a solid wall. Vary this theme until it fits.

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    $\begingroup$ It will take unimaginable life threatening risks to find a suitable contact in a big scary government which would then hire the twins. Also, big scary governments have a nasty habit of disposing off (aka killing) all freelancers involved in a mission. When they feel you know a bit too much than you should have known, they won't hesitate spending two bullets to the head. $\endgroup$ Sep 2, 2016 at 16:45
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    $\begingroup$ How do you aim through a solid wall, even with a second perspective? You still have to line up the crosshairs with "I guess about here; looks like's probably about that far from the window." $\endgroup$
    – Devsman
    Sep 2, 2016 at 19:46
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    $\begingroup$ The wall deflects the bullet so knowing where it would hit after that deflection is impossible. Gameshows are good. $\endgroup$ Sep 3, 2016 at 1:19
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    $\begingroup$ @YoustayIgo Nonsense. Do you know how difficult is for the government to find experienced, reliable contract killers these times? Any time I ask for bids I get nothing but a bunch of resumés from kids whose only experience is playing "Hitman". And this being the government, we sheldom cannot afford to pay the salaries of top notch without someone crying about government overspending their tax money. If we'd find some affordable, realiable hitman the last thing we would do would be get rid of them... of course we would take some precautions (like not explaining why we want to kill someone). $\endgroup$
    – SJuan76
    Sep 3, 2016 at 14:14

It's really not that big a deal

Almost anyone can do what you do. Send information around the world takes only a common smartphone and we can share almost all senses instantly. All feats you can do together with your twin can be copied with current technology. The only exceptional thing you have is that you don't need a micro-camera to see and can possibly send through radio-jammers and you are undetectable.

But almost all options to use telepathy to cheat at gambling, do a magic show or lead a cult could already be done with some sophisticated technology. And not the kind which is really stunning, but the kind which almost anyone assumes the MI6 has since James Bond movies.

This leaves only danger and magic-tricks

So the only two places where your ability comes in handy is doing actual magic tricks. Getting bounties for paranormal phenomenons or letting your audience check all frequencies of radio, letting yourself be locked into a solid metal box and still know everything your twin can see and so on...

The other option will involve a lot of risk, where you could share information from military,political or organized crime targets, who guard themselves against all forms of surveillance. But this will need a lot of skill and training and will be very dangerous.


Come out and show the phenomena to the world

Become famous showing real telepathy. It will be a unique magic show.

Also, there are a lots of prizes for a proof that telepathy is real: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_prizes_for_evidence_of_the_paranormal

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    $\begingroup$ Any number of governments would love to have this ability - they will study you until they figure it out. I'd keep it a secret. $\endgroup$ Sep 3, 2016 at 1:14
  • $\begingroup$ @TracyCramer there are lots of things you can't just "figure it out", regardless of having plenty of test subjects. Aging, for instance. $\endgroup$
    – enkryptor
    Sep 3, 2016 at 9:31
  • $\begingroup$ @TracyCramer again, it's not a big deal - just like having kind of a communication device implanted in your brain. $\endgroup$
    – enkryptor
    Sep 3, 2016 at 9:42

Playing cards where one of you is the player and the other just tries to get glimpses of other peoples cards. In order not to look too suspicious it would be best of you try to distinguish yourselves as much as possible (different hair style/colour, etc).

  • $\begingroup$ Regardless of the method, it is still cheating (see the "risk of getting caught doing something illegal" part). $\endgroup$
    – enkryptor
    Sep 2, 2016 at 12:40
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    $\begingroup$ There are no rules against the use of telepathy in casino's. So technically you are not doing something illegal. Casino's however can kick you out of their building without any warning or proven fault. $\endgroup$
    – user26494
    Sep 2, 2016 at 14:47
  • $\begingroup$ You don't have to do it at a casino although that would help raise revenue more quickly. $\endgroup$ Sep 3, 2016 at 1:15

Information is the most valuable commodity being traded today. Your abilities should exploit the gathering and transmission of information that you shouldn't have and that can be gained quickly. Cards and parlor tricks might put some coin in your pocket, but controlling information will gain you power and fast.

But you will need to keep your abilities secret - that's information that can be used against you and put you and your brother in mortal danger. You will also need to decide who the face of this "game" is going to be or operate in tandem in different parts of the world. You will need to become adept at negotiation and possilby a little black mail, here and there - but not for money; for position.

Stay far away from covert operations. You become the commodity and one that will either serve the "company" or one that becomes expendable due to non-compliance. Tune your observation skills and always watch your back. You'll need to become a little paranoid once you start down this path.


Find a really good lawyer and patent your ability, and any other paranormal abilities you can think of which could possibly be related. Most likely this would be best in conjunction with a major research university - say MIT, for example.

Because your next step is to start a research program with yourselves as the test subjects. By definition, if it's having an effect on a physical system (the brain) then the effect is measurable. That means the cause is measurable too, and that means you can bring telepathy and/or other paranormal abilities to the world as a technology. If you've got the patents, you're basically sorted for life. And famous as the people who changed the world forever, too

  • $\begingroup$ This is assuming they invented a way to acquire the ability, because only inventions can be patented; and even then, their achievement might, like a computer program, not be patentable. That said, there could well be scope for a legal precedent :-) $\endgroup$
    – user62587
    Mar 24, 2019 at 2:07
  • $\begingroup$ Fun fact is that you don't patent a physical invention, only a method of doing something. You don't even have to show it working. The point of the research would be to find how it works, so you control that method. You can catch up with how to let other people use it after that. $\endgroup$
    – Graham
    Mar 25, 2019 at 1:35

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