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.

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

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39 Response to 'The Magical Tap'

  1. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1227133920000#c7264888070425369234'> November 19, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Wow that's a cool idea...

     

  2. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1227178740000#c4401937529650320222'> November 20, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    seen this before in the technorama in zurich: picture

     

  3. Ariel
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1227244680000#c4398406315476173255'> November 21, 2008 at 6:18 AM

    Very cool!

     

  4. Guido Trombetta
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1227465960000#c7432822540223670401'> November 23, 2008 at 7:46 PM

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

     

  5. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1227537420000#c4183350735165892998'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1227568200000#c5351552819161941550'> November 25, 2008 at 12:10 AM

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

     

  7. Guido Trombetta
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1227769980000#c6189835487527142450'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1227896700000#c8023654123098084590'> November 28, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Theres another one in blackpool pleasure beach

     

  9. Jeremiah
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1228026600000#c1353162587647644132'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1228196580000#c3595032391115389365'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1232806740000#c6528984342541723907'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1247112299950#c6939105342837808307'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1250052685064#c3723898994131832054'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1258812921709#c6194734276030748506'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1262445473220#c6170112453808823081'> January 2, 2010 at 4:17 PM

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

     

  16. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1268417321617#c7509687605540561243'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1274841038122#c7437863410555248580'> May 26, 2010 at 4:30 AM

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

     

  18. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1283893853995#c6372671107031042357'> September 7, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    this is not an optical illusion.

     

  19. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1285005411780#c2662976930489727969'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1291174880115#c7035817856438644537'> 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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    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1309108841438#c4780011709545207582'> June 26, 2011 at 7:20 PM

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  22. EctMan
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1311347543175#c881640886259887420'> July 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

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

     

  23. EctMan
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1311347575543#c1217441452336965323'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1315606240518#c4310225581539463284'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1315680118910#c1799647559805450577'> September 10, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    there's one in the mall near my house.

     

  27. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1316178248362#c6116900963488973127'> 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
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/magical-tap.html?showComment=1345194080374#c1129014214475761505'> August 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

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