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By on January 10, 2007, with 41 Comments

Am not sure should I call this an illusion, magic trick, or just excellent example of true art. One way or another, the artist surely has it’s own craft secret. We may never know how he does it! Maybe we’ll be lucky enough for him to comment, and give us some hints, like he did before on his Impossible Bottles. Jeff Scanlan is the author and submitter. He wrote: “It’s always interesting to hear people’s theories on how Impossible Bottles are done. I’ve attached one of my newest Bottle Magic (Impossible Bottle) bottle creations. I thought you might enjoy posting this picture and seeing what people thought.” You can probably buy some of his work on bottlemagic.com, although I’m not sure.

He also added that the cork inside the wine bottle is the original and, although you can’t tell, the top of the wine bottle is sealed with the original wax! You can see another, zoomed-in photo inside this post. After you’re done, there are more puzzling objects to be found here. You should try guessing how they were done as well!

  • Anonymous

    he actually comments about this one in original impossible bottles.

    and before people start with the theories, the corkscrew is really in there. and u can buy stuff on his site.

    • mike

      1. The cork screw is in 3 parts a) a wooden handle b) a metal tube c) a screw end with a hole through the centre.
      2. Fishing wire goes through a hole in the cork and connects all three parts so that once the parts are individually put in the bottle the wire is pulled tight and it all connects back together as if 1 solid corkscrew.

  • Mike

    they just cut the bottom out and put cork screw in.
    it would be cool if there was no wood at the bottom.

    • Duce

      Shut up

  • Anonymous

    It is possible that they deprived the bottle of its bottom; and so put the corkscrew in…


  • Anonymous

    Its obvious right away that he cut the bottom, put the cork in and put it on a base to hide that fact

  • Anonymous

    impossible bottles really aren’t all that “impossible” or “magical” but they are an art form…

    Basically it takes a keen eye, steady hand, and long forcep-style tools to take disassembled parts and put them back together inside of a bottle.
    Example, the decks of cards in previous examples– take the box, roll it gently and put it into the bottle. Reshape it, and then gently place each card into the neck individually and then into the reshaped box.

    In this example, the handle could have been inserted first, followed by the screw, and lastly the cork.

    Still a great idea and cool picture!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, but it’s no more an optical illusion than a ship in a bottle is (and it’s most likely made the same way — for those who don’t know, the ship is put together inside the bottle with tweezers and such, same with the two parts of the corkscrew, and the metal one is screwed to the cork before glueing the parts together).

    • carol

      No.They make a collapsible ship, put it in the bottle and stand it up once it’s passed the neck.

  • Simon

    Pricipal is very simple, but I REALLY admire the skills fo these guys.

    For this one, the corkscrew is simply reassembled inside the bottle – but notice that it’s too close to the top of the bottle to simply assemble the corkscrew & cork then press the cork into place ?

    I think he’s used an old long line fishermans trick to put the cork back in. For centuries, long line (deep sea) fishermen have known that if you tie an empty corked bottle to the line and send it down deap, it comes back up with the cork in place but the other way around and with sea water in the bottle. Under the immense pressure, the cork is pushed into the bottle and water flows in, as the bottle is broguht back to the surface the air expands again and pushes the cork back into the neck of the bottle !

    I think what he’s done is simply press the cork (with corkscrew already attached) all the way into the bottle. Then he’s put the handle on it, pressurised the bottle, and let the gas pressure push the cork out into the bottle neck – he could also have used a real corkscrew to assist it. Melting down and re-applying the original wax would be relatively easy.

    • nobody


  • Pj

    The bottom op the bottle is opened somehow and het placed the thing which opens the bottle through the bottom. thats why its not without wooden thing on the table

    sorry for the bad english^^

  • Anonymous

    has he not gone through the bottom of the bottle? the real question here is why is the bottom of the bottle sat in a wooden frame?

  • Anonymous

    maybee the bottom got chopped off…
    the botton is on a wooden block, after all.

  • Anonymous


    Why is there a wood at the bottle’s base???

  • Anonymous

    its quite simple actually,
    there’s a reason its sitting in a wood base, he cut the bottom of the bottle then screwed the corkscrew into the untouched cork after the wine was poured out

  • Anonymous

    Can’t you people read (and see)? He did not cut the bottom off. It is still clearly seen in the picture.

  • Kemuel

    I think I’ve got this one, Simon gave me the idea..

    The handle of the corkscrew goes in first on a piece of string, which is then threaded through the corkscrew’s blade, which is in fact hollow.

    Pulling the string tight with both pieces separate assembles the corkscrew inside the body of the bottle, then the string could then be threaded through the cork, which has already had a niche for the corkscrew made in one side, and a hole for the string pushed all the way through.

    Pull the whole lot tight, knot and trim the string and then you’re done.

    Even if that wasn’t the method for this one, I think it could work ^^

  • Anonymous

    When I saw this picture I was in complete amazement. You see I own one of these exact bottles. I bought one off of Mr. Scanlan.I used to work for a wine company and that’s why I bought it. So, I can tell ALL of you a few things for sure.

    First, the bottom of the wine bottle is still on. The stand is made simply for display purposes. In fact, you can remove the bottle from the stand.

    I heard many of you talking about how he got the cork back into the neck. That to me is the most amazing part and I’ll tell you why. I don’t know if any of you know this or not, but corks are angled. What I mean is that once the cork is removed, the top of the cork is actually larger than the bottom.
    That’s what keeps the wine so fresh the cork sealing. So, he could not have put the cork into the bottle then pulled it up into the neck because the top of the cork is larger than the neck. If he could pull the cork up into the neck, the cork would be upside down. Also, on the other side of the corkscrew handle is the metal braid. Finally, he also has the wax back on top covering the cork. I know he remelted it and put it back in, but, it’s one of those touches that really looks nice.

    I look at this thing ALL the time. It’s truly a work of art. It was expensive ( about $300 -$ 400), but at parties it is a HUGE conversation piece. Jeff told me that an aquaintence of his from New York emailed him a drawing of the bottle and said ” I wonder if you ever thought of this idea?”. Jeff said it took him almost 11 months to figure out how to create the bottle from beginning to end.

    So, it is real. It is amazing! I’m I’m still amazed that I saw it on this website. Too cool. I hope this settles some of the theories about how he made this thing.

    The Wine Guy

  • Mike

    Everyone is assuming that the cork screw is made out of wood and metal.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure how it was done, but here is how I would do it:
    1]Drink wine. (You might need to practice on a few other bottles first.
    2] Wrap fishing line around the wooden handle and insert it in the bottle.
    3] raise the handle as far up the bottle as it will go. Tie off.
    4] Screw the corkscrew into the bottom of the cork. (Actually it might be easier to do this as step one, while the wooden handle is still attached.)
    5] Crazyglue the end of the metal so it will stick to the wooden handle (or use carpenters glue cuz it works better on wood and metal) Reattach corkscrew. Let glue dry. 6] There should still be some space for the string to be pulled out because of the long neck of the corkscrew. Pull out the string. (That’s why string was wrapped -not- tied to the handle.
    7] Press the cork all the way down.
    8] Reseal with wax.
    9] Drinks some more bottles so you can give them as gifts!!!

  • Anonymous

    ok, its pretty obvious he didnt chop off the bottom. any one can see that after a second. as to the other, more plausible theories, i think those are all possible, but my only question then would be how he managed to put the screw back into the cork. i mean , you have to have a fair amount of force for that.

  • Anonymous

    well, in my theory. the cork screw in assemble inside.

    a string is enough to do the trick.

  • Anonymous

    the bottom of the bottle was cut out, why else would it be sitting in a piece of wood?

  • Anonymous

    well “Mike”, if u look closly, u can c that there is a little bump at the bottom… or… is… it?!?!

  • Anonymous

    It’s actually easy to do that you have to get a bottle and then with a saw or something like that cut it into 2 pieces then you can put whatever you want in there and then (well this migth be the trick)
    paste it again exactly as it was and then with a ‘file’ (I think is its name) take out the sahrp edges so it looks like it was never opened

  • Anonymous

    What I love most is that nobody mentions PhotoShop. We believe the few people that say it is real (I do to, to be honest) But still… Do we believe a few guys who say it’s real? Apparently.
    So, aasuming it’s real: since when do wine bottles have a small paper bandage around the neck? Unfortunately I can’t see how the screw is exactly attached to the cork.
    Tony T

  • river

    This iz so kool. look at the bottom and u wil c that ther iz a bump at the bottom. this iz so cool. they took the wood and glued a bump on it LOL.

  • Anonymous

    they just shaped the glass around the screw.
    i dont think they cut the bottom out.
    i mean they could.
    but isnt that too obvious?

  • Geez, this is easy! Clearly, it has no bottom, someone could easily grab a opener slip it up and stab it into the bottom of the cork. Why else would there be a wooden block?

  • And yes I do see the little hump. They could have made a tall glass hump to make you rule out that possibility.

  • MnM s

    ok you hold cork screw and make the bottol form aound it easy!


  • unknown

    can it be possible that he forged the bottle around the cork screw instead?
    after all, it’s glass, and they can melt

  • nobody

    they just printed the picture of a cork screw on the bottle.DUHHH

  • What Happend is too easy is a picture!!!


    if u uk at botom close they obviosly cut botom off

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure if this has already been said, but obviously the bottom is NOT cut off, because you can see the curve just above the block. It appears it’s been cut off because there is a hole in the block itself, hiding the curved bottom of the bottle.

  • DOMO

    now how do u think that got there?

  • o.i.e.

    the thing can fit if you turn it! (duh) so when he put the cap on it could come in because the “metal” is really string! or they added glass after puting it in

  • Croft

    Clearly he created a wormhole to teleport the corkscrew inside the bottle! It’s simple physics, people.

  • Mitch Hazel

    Well this page suggests it’s an optical illusion… Guessing the corkscrew is actuall pretty small with a time handwritten message on it but if you place it at just the right spot the glass will distort its image and appear normal sized. Simple is usually the easiest but I could be wrong.