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The Illusion of Weightlessness

Activity Overview

Try this fun illusion that will give your the illusion that your arms are weightless. There is no need to gather supplies for this simple illusion and you can try it anywhere that there is a standard sized doorway to stand in. This illusion brings about the strangest sensation and best exemplifies the concept of muscle memory when practicing for sports.

Materials Needed

  • A doorway

How to Do It

  1. Stand in a doorway and lift your arms out to the sides so that the backs of your hands press firmly against the door jambs.
  2. Exert as much pressure as you can against the doorjamb and hold this position for 30 seconds.
  3. Quickly step out of the doorway and relax your arms and they will appear to rise up on their own.

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