- Virgula divina.
- "Some Sorcerers do boast they have a Rod,
- Gather'd with Vowes and Sacrifice,
- And (borne about) will strangely nod
- To hidden Treasure where it lies;
- Mankind is (sure) that Rod divine,
- For to the Wealthiest (ever) they incline."
Police and military devices
- Sandia National Laboratories tested the MOLE Programmable System manufactured by Global Technical Ltd. of Kent, UK and found it ineffective.
- The ADE 651 is a device produced by ATSC (UK) and widely used by Iraqi police to detect explosives. Many have denied its effectiveness and contended that the ADE 651 failed to prevent many bombings in Iraq. On 23 April 2013, the director of ATSC, James McCormick was convicted of fraud by misrepresentation and later sentenced to 10 years in prison. Earlier, the British Government had announced a ban on the export of the ADE 651.
- Sniffex was the subject of a report by the United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal that concluded "The handheld Sniffex explosives detector does not work."
- Global Technical GT200 is a dowsing type explosive detector which contains no scientific mechanism.
- Leicester Gataker
- Uri Geller
- A. Frank Glahn
- Otto Edler von Graeve
- Henry Gross
- Thomas Charles Lethbridge
- Larry R. Marshall
- Nils-Axel Mörner
- Karl Spiesberger
- Ludwig Straniak
- Solco Walle Tromp
- Hellmut Wolff
- Coraline Jones, fictional character in Neil Gaiman's novel Coraline
- Douster-Swivel, a character in Walter Scott's novel, The Antiquary. The word dousterswivel appears in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, first published in 1870, with the definition: "A German swindler, who obtains money under the promise of finding buried wealth by a divining-rod."
- Titty Walker, in Arthur Ransome's Pigeon Post