While most Jewish bridegrooms perform the wedding ritual of breaking a glass by stomping on it with their foot, Israeli “sense artist” Asaf Solomon — who uses telepathy and other skills as a public performer — put a unique twist on the practice at his own wedding by seeming to shatter a wine glass solely with the power of his mind.
Solomon wowed guests at his wedding earlier this week by making the wine glass — which he placed upside down on a small table in front of himself and his bride — break into pieces before their eyes without exerting any physical pressure on it.
His new wife was plainly impressed, jumping with shock when the glass seemed to spontaneously shatter.
“I won’t say how I did it, but I will say that it didn’t involve supernatural powers,” Solomon said in an interview (in Hebrew) for Channel 2 Wednesday.
Solomon said that he also broke a glass in the traditional fashion — smashing it with his foot — in order to sanctify the marriage.
The glass-breaking ritual at Jewish weddings is meant to underline that joy should always be tempered, and also to recall, even at this happiest of events, the destruction of the ancient Jewish temples.
“The shattering of the glass has deep spiritual importance, symbolizing the destruction of the Temple. The telekinesis was just for entertainment value,” said Solomon.