The levitating puddle

It’s tremendous! It’s stupendous! You’re hovering in mid air!

Levitate (verb): to rise or cause to rise and hover in the air, typically by means of supposed magical powers

The ability to ‘float’ or ‘levitate’ has been recognised with much wonder and suspicion throughout the ages, appearing in a range of religious texts and folklore.

Once associated with witchcraft and heresy, it’s now embraced by modern day magicians as a mere illusion, and has become a key element of many of their shows.

Grab a wet sponge and a camera, and recreate this infamous trick with your little one. The results will delight and surprise them!



  1. Find a dry outdoor space such as a patch of pavement or a driveway.
  2. Next, wet the sponge, and dab it gently on the ground, drawing a round(ish) circle.
  3. Get your little one to stand a short distance away from this puddle/patch.
  4. Through the camera lens, assess how it looks. Does it appear that a shadow is lurking underneath them? Experiment with different angles to get the best shot.You may need to expand your circle by adding more water, or to create a slightly different shape, in order to best match the individual shadow of the subject.
  5. Once you’re happy with what you see through the lens, snap away. If you child is old enough to use a camera, you can take it in turns to be the photographer and the subject.
  6. Once you’re done, it’s time to impress all of your friends with your mind-boggling, gravity-defying act of trickery! Print out your photograph, or share it online using our hashtag #summerofskills.