|Obi-Wan Kanobi uses the Jedi mind trick on stormtroopers
at a checkpoint at Mos Eisley spaceport on Tatooine.
There’s actually a number of other examples in which the Jedi mind trick didn’t work–even for a Jedi. Luke had it working pretty well with Bib Fortuna, but things got sideways in a hurry when he tried it on Jabba the Hutt** (here to watch Luke’s strikeout). In Qui-Gon Jinn’s attempted use of the mind trick, things went poorly from the outset (here).
And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well–and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them carefully down to hell.
And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none–and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them in his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance. (2 Nephi 28:21-22)
Our vulnerability to these kinds of deceptions will wax and wane over time as our spiritual mind subjects our carnal mind (and vice versa). During weaker moments many of us will resort to trying to deploy a mind trick ourselves to suit our selfish purposes. But remember the advice of Nephi, lest any of us think we can sweet-talk our way past the checkpoint to heaven:
O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name (2 Nephi 9:41, emphasis mine).
Evidently Nephi knew a thing or two about Jedi mind tricks.
Stormtrooper: “Let me see your identification.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi: “You don’t need to see his identification.”
Stormtrooper: “We don’t need to see his identification.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi: “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”
Stormtrooper: “These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi: “He can go about his business.”
Stormtrooper: “You can go about your business.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Move along.”
Stormtrooper: “Move along. Move along.”
**Luke Confronts Jabba the Hutt
Bib Fortuna: May I present Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight?
Jabba the Hutt: I told you not to admit him!
Luke: I must be allowed to speak.
Bib Fortuna: He must be allowed to speak.
Jabba the Hutt: You weak minded fool! He’s using an old Jedi mind trick.
[Jabba shoves Bib Fortuna aside]
Luke: You will bring Captain Solo and the Wookiee to me.
Jabba the Hutt: Your mind powers will not work on me boy.
*** See this link for more information on Force Persuasion