We’ve all seen magicians perform some variant of the cheesy old rope trick, but we’ve never seen anyone do it quite as well as Vegas prestidigitator Mac King, whose timing, precise slight of hand, and stage presence all come together to elevate this classic gag.
There’s no such thing as “free energy.” That doesn’t make this clip any less puzzling. Somehow, the small weight on top causes the rear wheel to spin. Perhaps it has something to do with friction. A more cynical explanation: perhaps it was filmed on a tilting platform.
Glen Lewis-Steele’s made-to-order LED lamp looks like a cube that changes its shape as you move around it. In fact, it’s not even a cube, and the LED isn’t inside it. But perhaps its greatest illusion is that it doesn’t look like something that should cost as much as a laptop.