BCIT Physics Department

Demonstration Manual

Optics and Light

DOP09 - Mirage and Micro Bank


- To demonstrate "three-dimensional real images" and optical illusions



Mirage® produces a small, full-color hologram of natural, lifelike appearance, allowing 360-degree viewing.

To achieve these effects, the Mirage® utilizes a patented technology of two concealed, opposing parabolic mirrors.

In overall appearance, Mirage® resembles a small wok with a 2-inch circular opening in the top. The physical object to be converted to a hologram is placed in the concave center of the bottom mirror. A hologram instantly projects up through this aperature, appearing to the viewer as a truly solid object.

Micro Bank

The coins pass through an incredibly narrow funnel and appear magically miniaturized.