The Magical Tap

By Guido Trombetta on 7:41 AM ,

At "Aqualand" near Cadiz, you can admire this incredible fountain that seems a Magical Tap floating in the sky while delivering an endless supply of water. It seems a Photoshopped picture but it's not. It is real, just a clever idea that makes possible this optical illusion. Actually there is a hidden pipe inside of the water jet that functions both as a support for the whole structure and to supply the water.

A reader have pointed out that there is another version of the same optical illusion in the Technorama science park in Zurich:


47 Response to 'The Magical Tap'

  1. Anonymous'> November 19, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Wow that's a cool idea...


  2. Anonymous'> November 20, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    seen this before in the technorama in zurich: picture


  3. Ariel'> November 21, 2008 at 6:18 AM

    Very cool!


  4. Guido Trombetta'> November 23, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Thanks to the anonymous for the technorama suggestion, I've added to the post!


  5. Anonymous'> November 24, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    there's been one like that in Piedmont, Quebec's Waterpark, and it has beent heref or over 40 years


  6. Anonymous'> November 25, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    There's also one in the Potomac Mills Mall, south of Washington DC


  7. Guido Trombetta'> November 27, 2008 at 8:13 AM

    Wow.. it seems there are lots of them..
    If I find the pictures I'll add them.


  8. Anonymous'> November 28, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Theres another one in blackpool pleasure beach


  9. Jeremiah'> November 30, 2008 at 7:30 AM

    there's also one at riverside waterslides in medicine hat alberta which has been there a few decades.


  10. Anonymous'> December 2, 2008 at 6:43 AM

    There are a couple of those up in St. Sauveur in Quebec that have been there for years also. Pretty cool


  11. Anonymous'> January 24, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    There was one of these things in a waterpark in Tenerife , the year was 1990 when I was there on holiday... blew my mind, however i was only 6 years old....and then when we left during closing time they had turned it of and the illusion broke!!!


  12. Anonymous'> July 9, 2009 at 6:04 AM

    There has been one at the Canfield fairgrounds in Ohio since at least the early 1980s.


  13. Anonymous'> August 12, 2009 at 6:51 AM

    Theres another one in iraq, face it, these are now common and basically houshold items. I own three personally, in case one breaks down


  14. Anonymous'> November 21, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    What sucks about magic is the tricks are always incredibly lame once you know how they're done.


  15. Anonymous'> January 2, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    There is also one in a Water Park in north Idaho.


  16. Anonymous'> March 12, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    They sell smaller ones all over the place as garden fixtures here in the SE USA. I've seen them around for decades. I knew a guy that made them out of regular plumbing parts and sold them at flea markets.


  17. Mister Chuff'> May 26, 2010 at 4:30 AM

    there's another just outside Ripley's! Believe It or Not in Florida.


  18. Anonymous'> September 7, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    this is not an optical illusion.


  19. Anonymous'> September 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    These things are everywhere. Run, they'll take over the world. These must be signs of an impending alien invasion


  20. Anonymous'> December 1, 2010 at 4:41 AM

    I remember when I was a child, there was one in the water park of a local pool. I tried to run under it once... It hurts!


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  22. EctMan'> July 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    At Ridgecrest Elementary school, in Florida, there is one of these as well.


  23. EctMan'> July 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    At Ridgecrest Elementary school in Florida, there is one just like this.


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  25. Anonymous'> September 10, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    There are 'magical tap' fountains everywhere, I've seen *multiple* versions of said fountains in different places in Israel alone, I was under the impression that everyone knew about them and had seen one before.


  26. Anonymous'> September 10, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    there's one in the mall near my house.


  27. Anonymous'> September 16, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Thanks Mister Chuff - I knew I had seen one of these when on Holidays in Florida when I was a kid but couldn't remember where


  28. Bailey Lawson'> August 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Theres also one at western water park in magalluf, mallorca


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