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In the Star Wars universe, could a Jedi Mind Trick be performed over the telephone?

For instance, could Yoda have called up the Imperial embassy on Dagobah and mind tricked whoever answered into getting him in touch with Palpatine? (I know there's no embassy or telephones on Dagobah, but serious question nonetheless.)

To clarify, are long distance mind tricks not only possible but would being in communication with another person, through telecommunication, allow a force user to better perform the action?

  • How would they do the waving of hands? You can't be a Jedi if someone doesn't see you have your hands around. – joshbirk Mar 15 '14 at 0:59
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    @Meat Trademark is correct, though I would assume it is possible. Vader does, after all, choke Admiral Ozzel through a viewscreen. – James Sheridan Mar 15 '14 at 4:25
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    Choking through the view screen is a win answer. – Mazura Mar 15 '14 at 4:54
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    Lol at the idea of Yoda periodically phoning Palpatine's office and force-choking his secretary. If he's constantly having to spend his time recruiting he'll have less time to oppress the empire – Valorum Mar 15 '14 at 9:38
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    More importantly, could they Jedi-mind-trick you with a text message? How about over AOL Instant Messenger? – John O Mar 15 '14 at 18:52
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It seems this should be possible. To illustrate, we need look no further than Episode V.

Here, Vader terminates Admiral Ozzel while in a video conference.

In other instances, we see Obi-Wan or Yoda feel the deaths of many people from star systems away.

The trick might be distance. Often it's discussed by all of the Force users that the Force is something that binds every living creature. So, it would seem if we uses these couple of cases as evidence, that one need only feel the link between his/herself and the "target" person, in order to effect change through the Force with that person.

How difficult it is to find that thread would be the limiting factor, I'd imagine. But, it does seem possible over long distances.

  • Hmmm... where was Vader during that call? And where was Ozzel? Were the two craft relatively close together; i.e.: in orbit over Hoth? – Tim Jan 20 '17 at 0:25
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In the Timothy Zahnn series (the only canon other than 4-6 I respect) I think Mara Jade was able to communicate with the emperor in just that fashion. As the 'emperors hand' she was under control\received powers from him. I haven't read those in over a decade so I'm reaching here.

From how far away can Force Choke be used?

  • You are correct. This, however, only covers communication, not mind tricks. C'baoth also communicates over long distances in those books. – James Sheridan Mar 15 '14 at 4:24
  • She wasn't under his mind control. Merely communication. IIRC – DVK-on-Ahch-To Mar 15 '14 at 15:55
  • Well, not under his mind control per se, but her mind was still subject to the power he held over her, even after his death. IIRC, she was literally his eyes and ears; basically the Emperor could warg her. – Mazura Dec 24 '16 at 0:18
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The answer is a likely "No", with some rare exceptions.

  • In "The Stark Hyperspace War" comic, Klo Poon reads the mind of Stark (on the same planet), but explicitly states that he's unable to control his mind due to the distance.

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    This comes from someone who has very strong telepathic ability, both performing mind control on the attacking ship's pilot to convince him that there's a bunch of ships attacking him (which Obi-Wan explicitly attributed to Plo Koon) and in a separate event, communicating with another Jedi from Outer Rim to Coruscant.

  • On the other hand, in Thrawn Trilogy, Joruus C'baoth mind-controlled Empire's Navy personnel over interstellar distances, and Thrawn explained to Pallaeon that the Emperor did the same thing to enhance the Imperial Fleet's performance.

    However, it's unclear whether the mechanism used was identical to "Jedi Mind Trick".

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Such a thing is probably possible

While we have never seen mind control, per se, exerted over anything approaching interplanetary distances, we have seen several related mental abilities used thus.

We see that Darth Sidious is able to reach out mentally to Darth Vader, while the former is on Coruscant and the latter near Galidraan III.

Sidious swiveled toward the tinted windows, behind which the sky above and Coruscant below were the color of ash. Narrowing his gaze, he reached out for Darth Vader, whom he sensed was observing the holovid, as well.

Yes, Lord Vader, Sidious sent through the Force, you shall have your starfighter.

Tarkin

Further, Darth Sidious and Count Dooku were able to mount a mental assault on Yoda1 when they were on Coruscant, and he was on Moraband.

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Sidious and Dooku sent Force visions to break Yoda’s will, in the hope of eliminating an obstacle to Sidious’s ascension.

On the one hand, they were aided by Dooku’s connection to Yoda, who had been his master; on the other, Yoda was a very powerful Jedi, and thus presumably difficult to influence. Affecting an ordinary individual from afar might be easier, but would still likely require some connection or knowledge of their location. Being in communication with someone could well provide an advantage, either by providing a greater connection, or by providing knowledge of their location.

The usual provisos apply, of course: mental attacks over great distances are probably a lot harder than similar efforts against nearby targets, which is likely why we see only the most powerful Sith Lord (Sidious) using them.

1: The Clone Wars: “Sacrifice”

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