The Scottish surgeon James Braid, the English physiologist W. B. Carpenter and others pointed out, however, that the phenomena could depend upon the expectation of the sitters, and could be stopped altogether by appropriate suggestion.
English performer Derren Brown recreated this with four random audience members being asked to place their hands on a table and then using the power of suggestion to have them move the table around and across the stage even though individually they all said they were not moving the table.
This was effected by repeatedly telling those with their hands on the table that if the table started to move (to the back of the stage, for example) then they shouldn't try to stop it. If it starts to move just let it move don't try to stop it.
This reflects the movement being based on unconscious muscular action caused by an expectation of where and how the table would move.