I see you…
“Can you make my wife disappear?” Regrettably, that’s the most popular response I get when people find out I’m a magician. Not my joke, I’m just telling what I’m told.
Making some tangible thing invisible is one of the powers of the magician. In fact, making a tangible thing disappear is something that I’ve done, and, even do, on a regular basis.
One time I made a penny disappear, and a child fixated on WHERE the penny went. I can still hear her asking, “Yes, but where did it go!” I kept saying, “it’s gone”, she kept asking, “Yes, but Where?”
Harry Potter, the wizard, is the proud owner of a Cloak of Invisibility. Any time Harry, Ron, and Hermione need to sneak in somewhere, they don the Cloak.
This notion of invisibility is universal, and not just limited to kids. Look at Star Trek. Where would Captain Kirk be without his Cloaking device?
And not just fiction, but real life. Toyota recently applied for a patent for their actual Cloaking device, according to the application, for “apparatuses and methods for making an object appear transparent.”
Of course, if something is merely cloaked, we know it’s there, we just can’t see it. Which comes down to the real basis for invisible: Something tangible was there, and now it’s not.
Or as that kid so aptly put it, “Yes, but WHERE?”