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Postby Guest » 02/05/03 10:53 AM

Follow this link for an interesting possibility.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_74 ... theadlines

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Postby John LeBlanc » 02/05/03 11:14 AM

Originally posted by William Gillis III:
Follow this link for an interesting possibility.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_74 ... theadlines

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From the article: "The photograph was taken through a viewfinder that uses a combination of moving images taken behind the wearer to give a transparent effect."

We used to call this camera trick a "double exposure." <g>

As opposed to the technology I read about in a military info subscription service a few years ago. This particular technology actually uses cameras on the backside of an object to transmit a picture to tiny displays on the other side to effectively make invisible the object in between.

Here's a link to something that sounds a lot like I read about: http://www.nasatech.com/Briefs//Aug00/NPO20706.html

The latest Bond flick used something along this line as the explanation for the technology behind the cloaked AM.

And while I'm thinking about it, imagine the impact this technology will have on magic illusions.

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Postby Pete Biro » 02/05/03 12:45 PM

Somewhere in my fabled boxes in a garage, I have a pair of "X-Ray Spex" that you can actually see through flesh with!!! :D
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Postby John Smetana » 02/05/03 12:57 PM

X-Ray specs bring back a lot of memories..good ones. About 15 years ago I was pitching magic, mostly Svengali's and selling the X Ray specs also, without a pitch. I sold dozens of these and never had one pair returned.I'm sure there are some people who still buy into the illusion.

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Postby Guest » 02/05/03 06:56 PM

Chicken feathers for everyone! I took mine to school and kept the 7th & 8th grade girls on the run for fear of my seeing through their clothes! --Asrah
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Postby John LeBlanc » 02/05/03 07:16 PM

Originally posted by Asrah:
Chicken feathers for everyone! I took mine to school and kept the 7th & 8th grade girls on the run for fear of my seeing through their clothes! --Asrah
See, this illustrates the difference between overt and covert action. I found the covert piece of mirror on the shoelace to far outweigh the overt geek glasses in entertainment value.

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Postby Guest » 02/05/03 10:55 PM

Dang! Wish I'd done that! It's So hard to keep up with technology these days! --Asrah
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Postby Ray Banks » 02/07/03 09:10 AM

Use the glasses as a misdirection but use the mirror for the real work.

My god you guys must be old!
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Postby Pete Biro » 02/07/03 10:17 AM

So, what to today's dudes do? Knock 'em down and rip their clothes off? :D
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Postby John LeBlanc » 02/07/03 01:21 PM

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
So, what to today's dudes do? Knock 'em down and rip their clothes off? :D
Well, if I understand the subtext of a certain "street magic" video advertisement, I think the Two-Card Monte preceeds the clothes-ripping-off move.

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Postby MaxNY » 02/09/03 05:58 AM

A couple of years after the US government decided to show the Stealth at airshows, I found myself at a popular airshow taking photographs of this flying wing...only to have no pictures develop on my film.(They would only do fly-overs). The result was sky only. Maybe I missed the shot, probably not. For years I showed people pictures of my "Stealth",they all thought I was crazy.
---Fast-forward five years, to when Princess Diana got into her fatal car crash, there were some articles that said the limo she was in, did not have some "photographic blocking" technology, due to the fatal limo being called suddenly into action... When I read this, I realized that in it's earliest years of being "shown" to the public, the Stealth bombers had some kind of technology within them that blocked you from photographing them.
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Postby Ian Kendall » 02/09/03 08:25 AM

Err, photo blocking cars and planes.

_Please_ tell me you are joking.

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Postby Brad A._dup1 » 02/09/03 12:09 PM

If X-Ray glasses have always worked, then air and car photo-blocking certainly could be.

Do the X-Ray glasses work on objects that disallow photos?

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Postby Joe M. Turner » 02/09/03 01:17 PM

The light reflecting from an object back into your eye doesn't know if it's hitting a human retina or a strip of 35mm film.

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Postby Pete McCabe » 02/10/03 12:29 PM

I have several photos of the Stealth bomber that I took at the Miramar Air Show several years ago.

I'm sure MaxNY is just having some fun with us.
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Postby mrgoat » 02/10/03 03:03 PM

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
So, what to today's dudes do? Knock 'em down and rip their clothes off? :D
I believe the youth call them 'Roofies'

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