How To Detect A 2-Way Mirror

Anything on the other side of the mirror?


When visiting toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, change rooms or bedrooms, how do you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or a 2-way mirror (i.e. that someone can see you, but you can’t see them)? It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by just looking at it.

So, how do you determine what type of mirror you're looking at?

CONDUCT THIS SIMPLE TEST: Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface and if there is a GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is a GENUINE mirror. However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE, IT IS A 2-WAY MIRROR!

Why is there a gap? On a real mirror, the silver is on the back of the mirror - UNDER the glass. With a two-way mirror, the silver is on the surface.

So remember, every time you see a mirror, do the “fingernail test.”


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Clean your finger before you point at my spots. - Benjamin Franklin

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The first test of a truly great man is his humility. - John Ruskin

Often the test of courage is not to die, but to live. - Conte Vittorio Afieri

I'll take a drug test, if you'll take an IQ test. - Fritz Hollings

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure. - Laurence J. Peter

Natural beauty takes at least two hours in front of a mirror. - Pamela Anderson

Look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror. - Byrd Baggett

I look in the mirror through the eyes of the child that was me. - Judy Collins

The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it. - Dudley Moore

Your best self shows up only when you are put to an impossible test. - Unknown

Success can test one's mettle as surely as the strongest adversary. - Unknown

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That was what a best friend did: hold up a mirror and show you your heart. - Kristin Hannah

On the keyboard of life always keep one finger on the 'escape' key. - Unknown

I brought a mirror to Lovers' Lane. I told everybody I'm Narcissus. - Steven Wright

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Reflect what you desire,
Become what you respect,
Mirror what you admire. - Unknown

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'. - Unknown

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09-Dec-2019