Magic isn’t real, right? Nearly every “magic” trick and illusion that has ever been performed has been explained as an illusion or scientific phenomenon. Except for these three, which baffle even the most dedicated mystery-solvers.
Maybe magic is real after all? Read these and be your own judge.
The Indian rope trick
The Indian Rope Trick is sometimes described as the “world’s greatest illusion”, and remains one that has never been officially explained. So is it in fact merely an illusion?
Here’s what it is: There is a performer, his assistant, and a rope in a basket. The rope begins to levitate, extending upward out of the basket. The boy assistant then climbs the rope. That is the simplest version. There are more elaborate versions that involve swordplay and juggling and other such theatrical elements.
Eyewitnesses accounts of the trick have appeared since the 9the century in India, and the rope trick has been a topic of discussion and debate all the way up to the 20th century. There have been several attempts to explain the Indian rope trick, but no one theory has emerged as its explanation.
Jo Giradelli’s tricks
Jo Giradelli was an Italian woman who performed tricks in the 18th and 19th centuries that to this day go unexplained. Giradelli’s feats involved putting hot materials in her mouth and on her body and withstanding their impossibly hot temperatures.
She would injest nitric acid, boiling oil, and molten lead into her mouth, and be completely unburned. Giradeli would prove the substances were real by, for instsnce, spitting the acid the acid onto steel which would then disintegrate, or by cooking an egg in the boiling oil before ingesting it. Giradelli could also press heated metal to her body without any harm.
No one was ever able to find any evidence of illusion or trickery, and no one knows what became of her. Giradelli’s performance would go down in history as one of the world’s greatest unexplained magic.
Source: Historic Mysteries
The Berglas Effect
The Berglas Effect, invented by David Berglas, is one of the most baffling magic tricks ever performed. It’s simplicity and lack of equipment perhaps adds to the impressiveness of the card trick.
It goes like this: Magician hands a deck of cards to a random person. He or she then asks a second random person to think of a card, e.g. 4 of hearts, king of spades, etc. Finally, a third random person is asked to pick a number between 1 and 52. Now, the person who was asked to hold the deck is instructed to “count down” the deck by the number picked by the second person. In other words, they lay down cards one at a time, counting until they reach the number. The card they land on will be the card that the second person chose at random.
There are multiple videos of this trick being performed online, and we highly suggest seeing it for yourself. You decide, is the “Berglas Effect” a mere illusion, or something more?