December 16, 2003
The Candle Of Truth

Fortunately/unfortunately I was so extraordinary busy during the last weeks that I completely blew my personal deadline to show off the latest developments in Flash driven candle technology. So at least two weeks late here is the Candle Of Truth. A quantum leap away from last year's model: now made with 95% Actionscript, extra Cubic Bezier Curves, SonicSense® Blowout Technology, ACME smoke generator and many many features more that are too pathetic to be mentioned. For this demo I added a Psychic engine which does not come with the final product.

As this thing puts quite a load on the processor the playback speed between slow and fast machines will vary a lot, so if this looks like slow motion or fast forward on your computer it's all my fault.

Posted at December 16, 2003 12:10 AM | Further reading

Very nice, that is simply beautiful work.

Posted by: Brian LeRoux on December 16, 2003 03:54 AM

I literally just blew at my screen...!

Posted by: dAN on December 16, 2003 11:58 AM



Happy X-Mas and a healthy, peaceful and stunning 2004!

Miguel Furlock

Posted by: Miguel Furlock on December 19, 2003 10:11 AM

I do not impress easily, and I never post comments. I am impressed. Nice job.

Posted by: james on May 9, 2004 08:24 AM


Posted by: mujdat on August 31, 2004 12:56 PM

i'm afraid, it was right!

good work ;)

Posted by: tree on September 3, 2004 12:54 AM


Posted by: reza on September 8, 2004 02:40 PM

Cooool! Excellent work.

I like it so very much. Would you like to share the source code with those interested? If possible, I hope you could send the code to me at


Posted by: teddy on October 28, 2004 08:38 AM

Dude... I'm scared.. how the heck did it get it right 4 times in a row? Is it all based on psychology of the ammount of times a certain type of person clicks, or are they all aimed at the saem type of person modified bit by bit, or does it play on the fact that humans are amused by anything and do not truely understand themselves so that whatever is said about them they will believe it

Posted by: Error on February 7, 2005 03:00 PM

Of course the wizard's union doesn't allow me to reveal my tricks, but for some deeper insight I can recommend the book "Why People Believe Weird Things" -

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on February 7, 2005 03:11 PM

Simple animation and using the same principles of fortune cookies and astrology. Most who are awed by things like are usually easily persuaded into drinking tainted Koolaid as a means of meeting their alleged alien makers in a comet passing by unbeknownst to them only weeks prior to their reading words of infinite wisdom on the door of a McDonald's Latrine. However, the I must end with a positive, the timing and/or pace of the movie was artistic and in good standing with that of brainwashing standards. Good Job and keep up the effort.

Posted by: Dracco Diablo on April 8, 2005 02:45 AM

Very well done. The flame is smooth. I would consider an improved candle on your next version with some type of randomized wax generator and and a smoother melt.
I have seen every smoke, flame candle, eplosion ever done flash and that is THE best candle,
......go on ....blowit out yer arse.
Hey by the way how do you install the jpegtrans for php running on apache ? where does one download it ? I could only find it on a realplayer site ?!

Posted by: sam on May 27, 2005 03:51 PM

Hello, you know the book that you've created, I must admit, it's made with excellence!! I'm wondering if it's possible that I can set a timer for that the page will turn by itself after every 5 seconds?

Posted by: bruno on October 16, 2005 11:52 PM

A timer is theoretically possible, but itwould require quite some programming work because you will have to create an automatic page turning mechanism first - the timer is then a simple thing.

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on October 17, 2005 12:17 AM

With this candle... I feel peace in my heart...

I´m not alone....

That I feel....

This feeling is so good...

I love this image....


Posted by: Katherine on November 10, 2005 10:07 PM

Hey Mario, really nice work. I could use this on a project I'm working on... interested in selling a license to the code? I read in a previous post that you were putting together a component...

Posted by: Todd on November 21, 2005 09:23 PM
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