A4_9 It’s not just Smoke and Mirrors

Alexander Foden, Adam Higgins, Claire Sullivan, Jonathan Sallabank


This paper looks at the feasbility of using wires too thin to be resolved by the human eye as a means of
making a stage magician float. It is found that for the two configurations tested, a stresses of 4.9 GPa
and 3.51 GPa would be exerted upon the wire. These are both notably more than the tensile strength
of steel, but not so high as to be unfeasable in the future. This doesn’t rule out wire in total though as
other combinations of wire and methods of consealment may be used.

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