6A10.57 - Mirrors - Anti-Gravity Mirrors

See paragraph one in the procedure section.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Mirrors - Anti-Gravity Mirrors
Area of Study:
4X8 Plexiglas mirror, support wall or stand.

Have a person stand at one edge of the mirror and as close as possible.  In this manner half of the person should look like a full image.  If the person waves his/her arms and legs on the viewing side of the mirror it will look like he/she is suspended in space.  Viewing should take place at a small angle to the normal of the mirror.

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