The Armed Apparition

If a person with a drawn sword place himself before a large concave

mirror, but further from it than its focus, he will see an inverted

image of himself in the air, between him and the mirror, of a less

size than himself. If he steadily present the sword towards the centre

of the mirror, an image of the sword will come out from it, point to

point, as if to fence with him; and by his pushing the sword nearer,

the image will appear to come nearer to him, and almost to touch his

breast. If the mirror be turned 45 degrees, or one-eighth round, the

reflected image will go out perpendicularly to the direction of the

sword presented, and apparently come to another person placed in the

direction of the motion of the image, who, if he be unacquainted with

the experiment, and does not see the original sword, will be much

surprised and alarmed.

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