I am a big fan of Danny Cole’s videos and this one is especially good……

Hope you like it too!

38 comments

  1. Wow, I hate it when you’re just about to figure out the trick – something unforeseen happens that absolutely mindfrakks you in every way possible.

  2. The only solution I can come up would be two parts: He’s inverted (possibly arranging the blocks against a sheet of non-reflective glass or plastic) and the blocks contain magnets (they stop bouncing too quickly, and they never flip after they’ve come to rest).

    1. yes, glass would be a good solution.
      probably something like tesa instead of magnetic
      look at the letters of belie, they are in one line.
      to protect the line of the glass, he used the grey one of his floor. this seems to be the reason why he does it in this room in a uncomfortable position

    2. I share your opinion of non-reflective glass and sticky blocks… But it is very nicely done, as usually you can see a change in colour/structure when sticking something to a glass… That is i really want to know how he avoided thsi problem… (Still a very lovely illusion… )

  3. I assumed a thread glued along the sides of the blocks, being held loosely or tightly as needed above the camera line of sight. (Notice how the bottom E moves when the I is being shifted.) The top two are lightly glued and come off the thread when flicked; the V comes off when pulled. No?

  4. @sfw: He has his finger on them at the time and it shifts, causing the slight rotation.

    The balancing is all well and good, he just needs to get the overall center of gravity right (I think)
    As for removing the V, the E above it shifts down very slightly as it’s removed, and as the bottom E needed to be rotated to suit, I assume it’s still holding it.

  5. This is how I’d do it: Have a large pane of glass between me and the camera… the letters on the blocks are sticky. Simple?

    1. Once you said it and I looked at it again it was simple. Would not have figured it out myself.

    2. I’m for that explanation too. It would explain how the B stays tilted. He leaves “VE” unstuck so he can remove them more easily.

  6. The bricks he is holding (and above) wobble slightly as you might expect, the ones below that he has already placed look rigid.

  7. My guess would be, that there is a pane of glass in front (as others have suggested. And the blocks are sticky in some way.
    the first two blocks are balanced and aren’t made to stick, but when he moves the middle E, at about 0.34 he moves the whole stack of bricks forwards and I would chance that this is when he sticks it to the glass.

    1. Yeah, and in fact you can see the lowest block align itself to the angle of the glass.

  8. I think the floor might be tilted down towards the camera, and there is a glass plate 90 degrees up from the floor IOW tilted with the top towards the camera. the B, L, and E are pressed towards the glass, and held in place partially by friction

  9. I think he is hanging up side down from the tile wall. Down (for us in front) is glass, so every block is on the glass and that’s how he can remove one.

    1. That cant really be the case, since the cubes fall to the tiled floor/wall quite naturally. As I said previously, I believe the floor slopes down towards the camera maybe 15-ish degrees, and the glass is on aright angle to the floor. If you look closely you can see him pressing a bit extra on B,L and E to make them stick to the surface of the glass

  10. At 0.19 it looks like his arm is pressed against something but I’m not sure if its just a shadow or something haha. It’s very impressive anyway!

  11. Yeah, he needs to remake that video and NOT press his arm up against the pane of glass at 1:12 so you can tell it’s there.
    Still nice to watch though!

  12. I like how when he removes the V block and turns the bottom E block round saying “and it’s not an illusion, it’s real magic” the remaining blocks spell LIE !!!

    1. Agreed. This sort of thing is easily done using After Effects, according to colleagues familiar with the program. I’m not sure that’s the case here, but the floating blocks do have that weird, not-quite-right glow that you see when CGI effects don’t blend in properly.

  13. I’ve got it!
    L – I – E and the other applied letters are slightly sticky.
    There’s just something like a non-reflective glass between him and the camera. See how L – I – E are perfectly lined-up -“flat” (so they can stand on the glass). When he starts speaking he take the blocks back, when he starts “manipulating” he puts the blocks forward tu put them fit on the glass.

  14. Heres how he did it. The blocks are being held by gravity. We are looking straight up at him. He is hanging down. The blocks are face down on a sheet of glass that is being filmed from underneath. the entire rigs is slanted slightly to the left so when he knocks them off the stay near the bottom. Notice we never see one fall on its own without a hard push?

  15. It can’t be an upside down image, otherwise the blocks would land against the glass underneath when pushed. I think it’s a combination of glass at right angles to the floor and possibly magnets. As others have said, the letters ‘LIE’ are the ones that seem to be in line with each other, implying being stuck to the glass, this would explain the floating effect. Also why he has to hit all three at the end. The magnets, because of the way the bottom ‘e’ moves when he’s setting up, if you look at his hand position, there’s no way he can be touching that block, unless he has a massively long thumb.

  16. when he makes the tower he starts putting the blocks further back on the floor looking like that its all one tower. As you can see when he knocks them down the “back” tower is pushed “well” and the bottom block is hardly moved, because his hand is not the sufficient width to knock them all down.

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