If the lighting weren’t so bad, we’d be inclined to believe this video was the work of a Hollywood special effects studio, because somehow, a simple magic marker doodle of a stick figure appears to come to life with nothing more than some spilled liquid.

We’re assuming a non-soluble marker is being used to draw on a glossy lacquered table here, and that clear liquid magically pulling the doodle off the surface isn’t some kind of potion, but most likely just regular old tap water. The experiment seems safe enough to try at home, unless you live with parents who aren’t cool with you doodling on every surface with a Sharpie, trying to make it work.

[YouTube via Laughing Squid]