David Ross (dyvyd) wrote,
David Ross

Spoon Magic

One sunny day in my kitchen after stirring something in my coffee, I set the long-stemmed teaspoon down on the top of the work island, and noticed something amazing.  Just above the bowl of the spoon a creature was fluttering all spidery and helicopter-like. I almost thought to capture it until I realized that it was the reflection of the ceiling fan creating a 3-d  or hologram-like mirage I had never noticed before.  The fan image seems to swim in space, not on the surface of the spoon's bowl, but noticeably above it, almost higher than the lip of the spoon. If you raise the spoon to eye-level the image appears higher than the lip, but disappears as it reaches the lip edge.

This effect does not work on purely solid objects above the spoon, like an orange held in your hand-- just the spinning fan performs this magic.  And after trying in on different days it seems most spectacular when the light level is especially bright on a sunny day.  The amount of concavity to the spoon makes all the difference too. The deeper the better.
Tags: off beat

  • Eco. Eco.

    Eco's The Prague Cemetery is a dismal book whose protagonist is a proud anti-semite, a forger of documents, a murderer, a despiser of women and…

  • Saragossa 4

    What I seem to be pointing toward is that the Manuscript Found in Saragossa is that rare polymath literary attempt to encompass the full range of…

  • Saragossa 3

    It is curious that Potocki would write such a book of tales if his motive were informed solely by a love of the Arabian Nights. His book contains a…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.