Magic Faucet

A picture of an actual scene -- nothing has been digitally manipulated or removed. A lot of people are familiar with this illusion. My wife, for instance, took one look at it and told me that not only did she know what the trick was, but that it's also possible to buy table-top versions of it. But for those who haven't seen it before, it is kind of cool. The trick is that the pipe supplying the water (and holding the faucet up) is concealed by the stream of water. I'm not sure where this picture was taken.



Posted on Sat Apr 14, 2007


I like it!
Posted by thunder  on  Sat Apr 14, 2007  at  06:02 PM
I've seen the table top version in a store before and I must admit I looked at it for a full minute before I figured out how it was doing it!
Posted by Nettie  on  Sat Apr 14, 2007  at  06:16 PM
Yeah, I've seen table-top versions aplenty - usually with a beery theme.
Posted by Smerk  on  Sat Apr 14, 2007  at  11:03 PM
The first time I ever saw this illusion was in the early 60's as a boy in the Bronx visiting a now-defunct amusement park called Freedomland.

Freedomland was, at that time, the largest theme park in the world, larger than Disneyland. It was shaped like the Lower 48 states. In the Southwest section was an attraction called Casa Loca ("Crazy House").

They had one of these "floating faucets" illusions with water pouring into a bucket.

Casa Loca was very similar to the "Vortex" places that exist in a few locations around the country, which purport to "violate the law of gravity."

I was corresponding with James Randi a few months ago about those Vortex tourist traps and I mentioned Casa Loca. Much to my surprise, he told me that he was the person who designed it for the amusement park.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sun Apr 15, 2007  at  02:49 AM
Yeah, but can you turn the water off at the faucet? That would make the illusion complete...
Posted by Christopher  on  Sun Apr 15, 2007  at  06:17 AM
Culligan (they make water softener systems) has been using this attention-getter at home shows for several years.
Posted by Leo  on  Sun Apr 15, 2007  at  08:28 AM
This isnt new to me. Ive seen these before though I cant remember where. It is pretty easy to work out and I think you could turn the tap off but that would reveal the pipe....
Posted by J  on  Sun Apr 15, 2007  at  10:43 AM
I had the table top version. It had the faucet and an adapter to make it look like it was coming out of a can. Just add food coloring and an empty beer can and it looks like beer endlessly flowing out of the can. It had a mug that caught the liquid. I must say, though, learning how it is done kinda takes the magic out of it. :(
Posted by red_dragon_girl_69  on  Sun Apr 15, 2007  at  02:41 PM
Right, if you turn off the water, you can see the plastic tube which carries it up to the faucet. Where's the fun in THAT?

I haven't been in one of their stores in some time, but Spencer Gifts, found in many malls, used to sell small versions of this illusion.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sun Apr 15, 2007  at  05:56 PM
I saw this illusion at the front of a 'Ripley's believe it or not' museum. It's pretty cool.
Posted by Bob  on  Sun Apr 15, 2007  at  06:05 PM
I saw one at Ripley's also. I was intrigued for about 3 seconds b/f I tried to put my hand through the stream of water.
Posted by Maegan  on  Sun Apr 15, 2007  at  09:57 PM
How badly did you bang your knuckles, Maegan?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  03:05 AM
Bad enough not to try it again.
Posted by Maegan  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  08:14 AM
oh wow!!

i think i know where this is! in new zealand u can get a tour of the Zespri (or whatever) kiwi fruit factory which (for some reason) has a weird themey park type bit, with these taps, and the same sort of surroundings

been a while since i saw it however
Posted by joodd  on  Wed Apr 25, 2007  at  01:19 AM
I used to see the table-top version regularly when I was a kid -- it was a regular feature in the Commercial Building at the county fair. A merchant of some kind was using it to sell some product or other, but hey, I was 8 years old and all I cared about was the cool faucet that looked as though it was floating in midair. It beat the heck out of most of the other things you saw in the Commercial Building.
Posted by Kathleen  on  Wed Apr 25, 2007  at  09:33 AM
My best friend has one of these in his bar in his basement, and I remember just staring at it before I figured it out. It's pretty cool, though.
Posted by Alice  on  Sat Apr 28, 2007  at  11:01 PM
That is soooo cool ! :lol:
Posted by Rotahn  on  Sun Jul 29, 2007  at  01:52 AM
i saw this, or 1 thats similar in a water park called Aqualand in Tenerife
Posted by KJ  on  Wed Oct 31, 2007  at  09:07 AM
I am looking to purchase a small version of the Magic water faucet. Does anyone know where I can purchase them?
Posted by rob  on  Mon Oct 27, 2008  at  01:20 PM
yes this is not new to me, accully i am doing am doing a report on how they work...if anyone has any info on how they work it would be nice to send me a message at (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) thank you, that is a very cool invention
Posted by Dan  on  Thu Mar 26, 2009  at  10:39 AM
The image shown here is from Aqualand, as noted on the source Wiki page.
Posted by Rick  on  Thu Feb 18, 2010  at  10:50 PM
I would love to acquire a county fair water faucet. Has anyone any new info?

Posted by Lynn  on  Thu Aug 26, 2010  at  02:11 PM
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