Penetration as you have never seen it before!


This is a wonderful, wonderful illusion.  So simple.  So effective. Enjoy.

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37 comments on “Penetration as you have never seen it before!

  1. Skepdirk says:

    I’d say it just flips around 😉

  2. The Pick Man says:

    The quickness of the straw deceives the eye.

  3. Mark says:

    And I’d say Skepdirk is right! 🙂

  4. Luke says:

    everyone above me is wrong. It’s clearly a complex system of pullies, levers, mirrors & smoke combined with a trick safety pin designed to make it look like it “flips around”. Occam’s Razor guys.

  5. Steve Jones says:

    I think it just flips back and the frame rate isn’t high enough to show what’s really happening.

  6. edgar1975 says:

    Skepdirk is right. When the guy tries to spin the straw, the toothpick inside makes it bounce back, so it looks like the it’s penetrated, while in fact it’s done an almost 360º turn.

  7. lupinemagic says:

    The pop up advert acts as misdirection so you don’t see the switch with the fake straw and safety pin :p

  8. Yep. If you watch the loop on the right side closely you can see it flipping from the front to the back. Very effective illusion though.

  9. Anonymous says:

    what was the cocktail stick for?

    • Berhard says:

      I think without the cocktail stick, the straw would buckle, break, rip or flex at the place where needle goes throug the straw…

  10. Anonymous says:

    I’m with Luke, the light reflects from a semi-silvered mirror at a 45 degree angle that is instantly obfuscated by charged smoke electrostatically generated from a high-friction pulley triggered by a hidden lever that alters the image to a totally seperate pin with the straw at another angle. Simple but effective.

  11. @philstrphens says:

    Stooge straw, clearly.

    Very good – this exact illusion was in a book I had at 8 years old called “Magic With Science”.


  12. Fred Kaps says:

    An elastic pull quickly pulls the pin with-straw-on-top, in his sleeve and at the same time a hold-out device pushes another pin with-straw-below back in his hand.

    Wonderful done……..

    That Mr Wiseman is a wise man…….

  13. Lovelli says:

    Just another vague possibility…Maybe the pin is ‘broken’ just to the left of the straw so the straw flicks through it?

  14. riffy says:

    Surely the illusionist is wearing one of those power bands (a bracelet with a hologram on it) and the straw is momentarily converted into pure energy at a quantum level, reappearing in the physical domain once its chakras are aligned on the other side of the pin. Did I get it right?

  15. slw says:

    Looks like quantum tunneling to me!

  16. Nick Boorer says:

    This really isn’t what I was expecting from the title! Very disappointing. ;-p

  17. Toothpick in the middle gets bent against the pin and acts as a spring firing the straw the long way around this happens so fast that your mind fills in the blanks and you think it passed through the pin.

  18. Worked it out in 0.02575 secs. Worst. Friday. Puzzle. ever.

  19. The explanation that has the toothpick “springing” the straw to spin all the way round sounds like the best explanation to me but the first thing that occurred to me was that the straw has a cut in it in the side facing the camera, going about half-way through, level with the free bar of the pin. The angle never shows that the pin has gone all the way through an out the other side of the straw, only that the straw appears to be in front of the pin. With the cut in the straw. a little pressure could cause the pin to ‘pop’ into the gap and the gap would close again over it, making it seem, from the angle that it’s filmed at, that the pin is now behind. But yeah, it’s vaguely possibly that that would work but the springing all the way round explanation sounds better.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Kill the wizard

  21. Chris says:

    A few frames are skipped over at 12 secs in. What happened then?

  22. Mark Smith says:

    This trick was in a magic book years ago. That version used a match stick. You had to cut the head off the match stick because it was too visible. Seen in person the illusion is nearly perfect.

  23. Denis Robert says:

    That one was really easy….

  24. Dang, By the post title, I was hoping to see something kinky………

  25. Carl says:

    It’s disappointing that there is a jump cut in the video between the “show” and the trick. Makes it look suspicious, but it’s completely unnecessary considering how the trick works.

  26. Psikita says:

    one word: GENIUS !
    want to create this myself. Anyone knows what is the secret yet?

  27. Yvonne says:

    Toothpick makes the straw storng enough to rebound

  28. katie k says:

    That is really clever! It took me a while to figure out what was going on. I think once you realize that the toothpick is absolutely necessary to the trick, then it all makes sense from there.

  29. Josh says:

    And I have to mention for the title… That’s what she said! I’m pretty surprised that I’m the first one to say that so far.

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