A couple of weeks ago I posted a blog about a video of a spoof mirror. Whoever was behind this cunning concept constructed two back-to-back ladies restrooms with a sheet of glass between them. This sheet of glass was located behind the sinks where you would normally expect to find a mirror (Click Here to see that blog).
The organizers then arranged for two identical twin ladies to be standing facing each other on the opposite sides of the glass. Both were applying their makeup in unison. When other ladies came into the restroom, they were puzzled as to why they couldn’t see their own reflection in what they fully believed to be a mirror.
Someone commented on that blog pondering the use of such a setup in psychological tests. Actually, ever since I first saw that video, I keep on thinking as to what my reaction would have been if faced with a similar situation. Of course the effect has been ruined because – having seen the video – I would now very quickly realize what was going on. But suppose I hadn’t seen the video ... I wonder what my initial thoughts would have been and how long it would have taken me to figure things out.
Actually, speaking of “Human Mirrors,” did you see that Improv Everywhere video that involved a bunch of identical twins sitting on opposite sides of a train? By this I mean that if one twin was standing on one side of the train chewing gum, his/her twin was directly facing him/her on the other side. This would have been “interesting” with just one pair of twins, but imagine your reaction if you bordered a carriage and looked up and down and saw twins everywhere... what do you think you would think and do if faced with a similar situation?
Of course this started me thinking about the all of the old Improv Everywhere videos. The idea is that these folks stage “happenings” in all sorts of places (just do a search for “Improv Everywhere” on YouTube). The one that really blew me away occurred in Grand Central Station. This is where they arranged for hundreds of “agents” to all “freeze” and become motionless at exactly the same time. The interesting thing is to watch the faces of the folks who aren’t in on the joke. Again, I wonder what thoughts would have raced through my head had I been there to experience this event. How about you... what would you think and what would you do?
Arrgggh – now I can’t stop. I just remembered a similar video in which a bunch of folks “spontaneously” start singing and dancing to “The Sound of Music” in Antwerp Station. Actually this has to be one of my favorite “feel good” videos of all time because it always brings a smile to my face.
And one more time, I ask the question. What do you think you would have thought and what do you think you would have done if you had ever been faced with such a situation (before you had seen the videos here)?