Watch a ball carve beautiful sand art with the secret power of magnets

Bruce Shapiro’s Sisyphus is a magic machine that shows a steel ball rolling around in the sand to create wonderfully intricate sand drawings. The balls are all controlled with magnets but they seem to have a mind of their own. It’s like making a Zen Garden, only with the sorcery of magnets instead of old style rakes.


And a closer view:

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Fun fact: In myth, Sisyphus was a liar whom the gods punished by making him roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to have it eternally roll back down so he had to start over.