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  • Clear cylindrical glass container
  • White posterboard or cardboard
  • Marker


An empty glass or jar is placed in front of a sign with arrows on it. On either side of the container are signs reading "LIFE" and "DEATH". The arrows, seen through the container, point to "DEATH". Clear water is poured into the container, and the arrows now point to "LIFE


When God created the world, it was all very good. But when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, sin and death entered into the world. Ever since that day, all of us have been travelling toward death - not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God.
But God, in His love, provided a remedy for us. Jesus spoke to a woman by a well in Samaria saying "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. It will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life." On another occasion he said "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me . . .  streams of living water will flow from within him."
God's provision for us is life, and that life is in His Son Jesus Christ. He who has the Son has Life.
In John 5:24 Jesus said "whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from DEATH to LIFE."

The Secret

The basic idea for this illustration came from Eric Remer's Illustrated Illusions website (no longer active). He has given me permission to present this adaptation of his idea here.
When you pour the water into the glass or jar, it becomes a reversing lens and makes the arrow appear to point in the oppoiste dierction. The difficulty is that you must be looking directly through the glass at the arrow to see the effect, making an extremely narrow angle of view. To solve this problem, you can make a curved background with several short arrows, as in the drawing below. The "LIFE" and "DEATH" signs will mask off the view around the glass, so viewers from any angle can only see through the glass to an arrow directly opposite.

Added Effect

If you can obtain a vanishing Coke Bottle trick (1-litre size) you can vanish the Coke bottle, representing what the world offers to fill our lives. Make a "Living Water" label for 500 ml bottle and produce it when you vanish the Coke bottle. Then use the "Living" water to fill the glass.

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