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Magical Floating Faucet Fountains

The floating tap fountain is a clever illusion. It consist of a faucet mysteriously hovering above a pool or basin with an endless supply of water gushing out of it from seemingly nowhere. The faucet remains surprisingly steady despite having no visible support and where is all this water coming from? This spectacular effect is achieved by a transparent tube in the middle of the water column that holds the tap in place and, at the same time, keeps feeding it with water pumped from below. The water goes up through the tube and exits at the top. The water column, which is usually turbulent, effectively hides the tube from view.

Several giant floating tap fountains can be found around Spain, Belgium, US, Canada and other parts of the world. Some are permanent installation, others are temporary art pieces. The one below is located at Aqualand, Puerto de Santa María, Spain.


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Another one is seen at a public park in Olivenza, Spain.  Photo credit


And yet another at Santa Galdana, Menorca, Spain. Photo credit


This one is at Ypres, Belgium. Photo credit


A temporary magic tap was installed at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, London, UK. Photo credit


A magic tap at an unknown location in Switzerland.  Photo credit


Magic faucet in Wisconsin, USA.  Photo credit


Magic faucet at Aquafest, Grand Bend, Canada.  Photo credit

A magic tap at Butlins Holiday Camp, Skegness, England. Photograph provided by Yorkshire Water Features Ltd

Have you seen gigantic magic faucet fountains anywhere else? Tell us where and submit a photo.

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    this is similar and amusing too

  2. Looks like the rock is floating on top of the fountain. A nice twist to the illusion.

  3. questo è troppo

  4. I don't have a pic but there's one in front of the Ripleys Believe it or Not museum in Gatlinburg, Tenn....Smokey Mountain National Park!

  5. Can someone tell me how this works?

    1. There's a stand hidden inside the water stream.

    2. Umm...can't you read the article above?

    3. It is two kinds of magic combined together. First is a spell to make the faucet float above the ground and stay sill. The second magic is a wormhole that transports water from Angel Fall in Venezuela to wherever the faucet is. Sine Angel Falls is huge and never goes dry, just a tiny worm hole is enough to power even a big faucet.

    4. It is a open pond space holding water a fountain pump is in bottom that pushes the water up through a pipe that carries water up to the water knob that flows water back down outside of pipe and back to the water source pond making it look like it is floating in air but is only supported by the strong pipe.

  6. there is a small size pipe stand in water that gives water and makes it float in air

  7. Our state fair had one of these as an exhibit sometime back; it took me a minute to figure it out.

  8. where can i buy one

  9. In the Sixties, a water company (Culligan I think) used a smaller version of this in their display at a local fair called the Orange Show in Southern California. Remember it well.......

  10. There is one on Phillip Island Australia. It’s on top of a floding house. It’s located at A Maze An Things


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