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This $15 Crystal Ball Will Get You All the Likes on Instagram

Photo by @prlilly on Instagram.

Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of crystal ball photos cropping up in the #igdc feed. We reached out to a few IG-enthusiasts to learn how the light-and-color-amplifying trick gets played.

Step 1: Buy the surprisingly affordable crystal meditation globe, $15.30.

Step two: Decide if your manicure is nice enough to be featured in the shot. If not, attach the ball to a piece of fishing line (which you can and should edit out later).

Alternatively, you can just admire these photos instead.

Infinity Mirrors x infinity x infinity in this trippy, spherical shot.

Lincoln memorial? ?: @shotblot

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This IG was executed with the fishing line approach.

The universe in your hand.

Look into the crystal. See the path through the cherry blossoms.

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Rosa joined Washingtonian in 2016 after graduating from Mount Holyoke College. She covers arts and culture for the magazine. She’s written about anti-racism efforts at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, dinosaurs in the revamped fossil hall at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, and the horrors of taking a digital detox. When she can, she performs with her family’s Puerto Rican folkloric music ensemble based in Jersey City. She lives in Adams Morgan.

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