The mystery of the vanishing horse


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


19 comments on “The mystery of the vanishing horse

  1. I have my theory. But I’m not tellin’.

  2. Stew Dapple says:

    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.

    • Stevenz says:

      Well, at least it’s a real barn.

    • 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.

  3. Stevenz says:

    I can see how he picked it up but not how he dropped it from his hand.

  4. Anonymous says:

    at 0:34 you can see the horse peeking over the edge of the table near his navel

  5. eliz Mornth says:

    Jajajaajajaj… esta genial

  6. Shahram says:

    there is a cut between 0:31 and 0:32. At this moment the horse was moved

  7. Barry Goddard says:

    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.

    • Xyzzy says:

      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.

    • Geoff Williams says:

      Sorry, wrong but extremely inventive guess. (I’m the creator of this illusion).

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