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I have always wondered if Luke Skywalker had used the Force to forcefully lift up the large gate of Jabba's palace, or if he had used the Force to access the gate's control unit and manipulated it so that the gate would open.

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Did Luke use the Force to forcefully lift up the large gate of Jabba's palace?

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    Hmm. Script says "16 INT MAIN GATE AND HALL - JABBA'S PALACE Noisily, the main gate lifts to flood the blackness with blinding LIGHT and reveal the silhouetted figure of LUKE SKYWALKER. He is clad in a robe similar to Ben's and wears neither pistol nor laser sword. Luke strides purposefully into the hallway. Two giant guards move to block Luke's path. Luke halts." - No help there
    – Valorum
    Apr 25 at 21:47
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    Nothing useful in the original novelisation - "The iron main gate of Jabba’s palace scraped open harshly, oiled only with sand and time. Standing outside in the dusty gale, staring into the black cavernous entranceway, was Luke Skywalker.""
    – Valorum
    Apr 25 at 21:49
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    Nothing useful in the original junior novelisation - "The next morning, two Gamorrean guards were stationed in the dark entrance of Jabba’s palace when the massive iron door began to rumble open. As the door lifted, bright sunlight poured in, revealing a solitary, silhouetted figure standing outside. The figure stepped through the doorway and into the cavernous hallway."
    – Valorum
    Apr 25 at 21:50
  • @Valorum, since it said that "...door began to rumble open..." this makes me think that it was likely forced open by Luke.
    – user57467
    Apr 25 at 21:53
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    The Radio Play says that it was opened by its motors rather than simply lifted by the Force.
    – Valorum
    Apr 25 at 21:56

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Luke tricked the TT-8L gate guard droid with his mind powers.

The way in turns out to be easy enough. An electronic eyeball barely has time to pop out before Luke has said, “You will open the door.”

Yes, this is a Jedi mind trick and it works easily. Inside, the simpleminded guard who operates the door unthinkingly obeys.

Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!

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    that's interesting because I would think that Jedi mind tricks would have not worked on droids, only on organic beings.
    – user57467
    Apr 25 at 21:58
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    Already asked. I've added this example as a canon answer; scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/89452/…
    – Valorum
    Apr 25 at 22:04
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    @user57467 Based on the second line, he wasn't using a mind trick on the robotic eyeball itself but rather a (presumably organic) simpleminded guard inside. Apr 26 at 9:40
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    @DarrelHoffman - "Yes, this is a Jedi mind trick" is hard to argue with
    – Valorum
    Apr 26 at 13:29
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    Is the narrator in this book reliable? I can't find a summary of it that explains who the narrator is. "Yes, this is a Jedi mind trick" is a very conversational tone for an omniscient narrator. Apr 26 at 14:01

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