An 11-year-old boy in Brazil has been dubbed “Magnet Boy” because metal objects apparently stick to his skin.

Paulo David Amorim, from Rio Grande do Norte state, can carry spoons, scissors and even casserole pots on his body, according to footage shown on TV Globo.

The boy’s father claimed he discovered his son’s magnetism when he asked him to bring him a knife and fork “and much to my surprise, they stuck”.

Paulo David said classmates have started calling him “Magnet Boy” and ask him to demonstrate his “powers” with objects in class.

“In school, everyone asks me to put things on my body, they think it is a trick,” he said.

Doctor Dix-Sept Rosado Sobrinho told TV Globo he had never seen anything like Paulo David’s case in his 30 years in medicine.

However, he said the boy’s health is not at risk.

“We can see that there is a certain adhesiveness, that he does manage to make several objects stick to his body, some of which are pretty heavy, but it is not completely out of the ordinary,” he said.