Don't panic, but this wine rack makes the bottles disappear

Feb 10, 2016 at 3:13 p.m. ET
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If you think you’re doing a good job of making wine bottles disappear by drinking the contents and then slinging the empties into the recycling bin, check out what Tony Potter can do.

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The illusionist has 20 years experience in making people question their perceptions of reality, and one of his recent projects is a wooden wine rack that makes the bottles vanish.

In the manner of all good disappearing acts, they do appear again, completely unscathed.

We can’t figure out how the Pinetti wine rack works, but it would definitely be an excellent talking point at parties.

Wine rack makes bottle disappear

Image: Harlequin Illusions

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Wine rack makes wine bottles disappear
Image: Harlequin Illusions

Before he turned his hand to creating magical wine racks, Potter spent years as a circus clown and stage illusion designer. All his pieces (he also makes a salt and pepper grinder that appears to "shrink and grow before your eyes" and a trivet whose "stripes appear straight or askew depending on their position") are handcrafted in his workshop in Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains.

"I love inventing ways to smuggle illusions into everyday things, imbuing ordinary life with a little magic," says Potter.

The Pinetti wine rack, handmade in Virginia wine country from red oak, holds 12 bottles of wine (6 of them hidden) and retails for $295; international shipping available.

Can you work out the secret to this illusion? Let us know in the comments below.

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