Thursday, 11 July 2013

BEHIND THE LOOKING GLASS...


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Have you ever looked into a mirror and wondered if the many images reflected in its surface over the years might've been captured and preserved within its atoms in some way, like that of a camera?  Just imagine being able to access those images and once more being able to see the faces of expired family members or even those who owned the mirror before you.  Or yourself as a child, sticking out your tongue at
your reflection as you combed your hair before making your way to school in the morning many years before.

Every mirror in existence a repository of snapshots - like a photograph album - of moments from the lives of every individual who ever gazed into one.  Far-fetched perhaps, but interesting to consider nonetheless.  So, tell me - have you ever wondered?

13 comments:

PhilSee said...

I've not exactly pondered that one as such in relation to mirrors, but I have had fun imagining that the mirror was a portal between two slightly different realities. Mirrors seem to be a favourite in anthology films and TV series - two that spring to mind with mirror-based segments are the classic Dead of Night from 1945 and one of the Amicus collections, whos name escapes me (Peter Cushing as the antique shop owner, selling one to David Warner's character). Typo in your heading BTW.

Kid said...

Just checking that you were 'looking', Phil. (Couldn't have hit the 'I' key hard enough. Fixed.) I remember that movie, I think. Was that the one in which someone buys something relating to Edgar Allan Poe?

Typo in your comment, by the way - 'whos' instead of 'whose'.

PhilSee said...

Thanks Kid, can't have too many proof readers! Did a quick Wiki check on that film, Tales from Beyond the Grave (1974), did not see any Poe reference in their synopsis. Rings a bell though, Amicus did churn out quite a few of those anthology films so chances are one of them could have referenced the man.

Kid said...

If I recall correctly, it's something to do with a writer, and the ghost (I think) of Poe lives in a room somewhere, still writing away.

Anonymous said...

Well, I know the older I get the more avoid mirrors. And, does anybody remember the John Carpenter film, The Prince of Darkness? Watch that and you'll steer clear of mirrors for a while.

Anonymous said...

Kid, it reminds me of the true story of the guy who claimed he could play sounds from ancient times that had been recorded onto the grooves of pots that had been turned on a potter's wheel.
He rigged up some kind of record player and alleged he could actually hear the voices of the people and nearby sounds that occurred when the pot was created many hundreds of years ago.
I believe many subsequent experiments proved that it was all bogus.
(Jake)

Kid said...

Anon, I don't have that problem - I cast no reflection anyway.

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Jake, that's an interesting tale. I suppose it's a similar idea to that of a murdered person's eyes holding the image of the person who murdered them.

DeadSpiderEye said...

I was just thinking, The Stone Tapes when I read ric_mac's comment. Personally I avoid mirrors, that person on the other side isn't me.

Kid said...

He speaks highly of you 'though.

JeffSee said...

Hi Kid,

An episode of Lost in Space, "The Magic Mirror" was the first thing that came to mind when I read your heading and subsequent ponderings.
Have you seen this episode where Penny Robinson and her pet Bloop fall through a magic mirror into a strange world inhabited by a lonely alien boy?

Kid said...

It's possible I saw it back in the '60s, but it doesn't spring immediately to mind. As with a lot of programmes, I sometimes don't remember whether I remember them or not until I see them again (if that makes sense) and then the memories come flooding back.

David said...

The mirror story in From Beyond the Grave is the first one, and it's the shade of Jack the Ripper that appears in it (at least in the Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes short story it's based on; I don't recall that being made clear in the film) - but the Poe story is a different one, from Torture Garden, a Robert Bloch tale about the world's greatest Poe collector.Indeed, the highlight of his collection is Poe himself.

Kid said...

Thanks for the info, David. It's been many years since I last saw the movie.



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