How Do Elevators Work?!

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Ever wonder why your stomach feels like it’s dropping when you ride in an elevator? How wide the elevator cable is that carries you to your destination? Or how an elevator actually works? Jason visits the Empire State Building, one of the tallest and most iconic buildings in the world, to learn all about elevators and hear from the experts at the Otis Elevator Company to answer these impossible-sounding questions!

0:00 Inside the Empire State Building
2:23 A Magical Advantage
3:43 How an Elevator Works

Special thanks to our friends at the Empire State Building and the Otis Elevator Company for their help in creating this video.

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Impossible Science is a production of WonderFirst and Sony Pictures Television.


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