No its not a mirage. This little pipe really can stand on its own! The Standing Cactus Chillum can sit on its deep bowl when not in use. The deep bowl has plenty of room for huge packs. The chillum is 3.75" long and 2" wide when including the decorative cactus arms. Through the green glass, you can see the pathway is pinched to help keep any debris from reaching your mouth. The themed glass Standing Cactus Chillum is a perfect gift for any green-thumbed smoker.