Bill T brought my attention to this lovely little magic video.  Enjoy the mystery of the vanishing horse….

19 comments

  1. FAKE! That horse is obviously not real! It’s too small for one thing and also it looks like it’s made of plastic. Not convincing.

    1. It also appears to have a protuberance from its head – in the beginning this is hidden by the lines on the barn photograph, but then they seem visible when he moves the photograph.

      Picked up when the barn is put in front, well done though.

  2. This is a clever puzzle which I will attempt to explain. As Stew and Stephen Jones say it is not a real barn and not a real horse. That is the big clues we need to solve the puzzle.

    The barn is a series of photos. That does not need further explanation. It is the horse (like in the Hound of the Baskervilles where the dog does not bark) wherein the true cleverness lies.

    The horse has been printed on a modern “3D” printer using transparent plastic. It appears we can see the horse at the beginning because a lamp has been turned on that matches the horse’s wavelength. That lamp (probably a sort of ultraviolet one or a “blacklight”) is turned off when the horse is hidden from view. When the view is again uncovered the horse is invisible because it is transparent!

    It should be now easy to see why this could not be done with a real horse.

    1. The reference to the dog in the night is mis-attributed to “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” It is from the short Story “Silver Blaze”:

      Regarding a transparent plastic model with no residual Fresnel reflection that produces an opaque surface upon exposure to a particular wavelength light … no.

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