There is No Magic in the “Magic Tile Box” …


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… video that is being touted on the internet:

http://videos.komando.com/watch/3022/kims-picks-magic-tile-box-will-make-your-brain-explode#

… nor, once you know that the apparent magic is nothing by video deception, will this make your head explode …

…  if you haven’t already done so, watch the video all the way through before reading the rest of this expose … see if you can find the chicanery by which the “magic” is accomplished …

… then read on for the secret …

… the first thing that you should have noticed in the film (easier to see, of course, if you play it in slo-mo) is that there are two jump cuts in the film …

… the first as the “magician” takes the tiles out of the frame the first time:

Magic Tile Box Jump Cut #1

Magic Tile Box Jump Cut #1

… and then (surprise!) as the “magician” takes the tiles out of the frame the second time to restore the original layout:

Magic Tile Box Jump Cut #2

Magic Tile Box Jump Cut #2

“Jump cuts”, of course, are places where two different videos are spliced together …

… during these particular jump cuts, the large piece in the man’s left hand is switched out each time … here it is after the first jump cut, the original piece having been switched out and replaced with the piece seen here:

Magic Tile Box Large Piece 1

Magic Tile Box Large Piece 1

… note the size of the partial tile in the 6th row of this display (circled in yellow) …  it is more than half of a full tile.

Then see the large piece after the second jump cut (restoring the original large piece to the puzzle):

Magic Tile Box Large Piece 2

Magic Tile Box Large Piece 2

…  and note the size of the partial tile in the 6th row of this display (circled in yellow) …  it is barely a sliver.

These 2 pictures show the resultant mis-alignment of the tiles when the original large piece is replaced during the first jump cut:

Magic Tile Box Mis-aligned Tiles 1

Magic Tile Box Mis-aligned Tiles 1

Magic Tile Box Mis-aligned Tiles 2

Magic Tile Box Mis-aligned Tiles 2

Essentially, the trick is that the partial tiles in the replacement piece are slightly larger than the partial tiles in the original piece … which, of course, is returned to the trick during the second jump cut … the extra material in the replacement piece is enough, when put together properly, to make the three apparently “extra” tiles …

… it took considerable ingenuity to configure and cut the pieces to make this work … nevertheless, it is the “sleight of hand” in the jump cuts that makes it look like “magic” in the film.

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