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Illinois Student Building Real-Life Light Saber

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A Central Illinois man has built something close to a "real- life" light saber. College sophomore Drake Anthony says he strengthened the laser chip from a T.V. projector.

The beam is so powerful it can burn through paper and wood. It's about 600 times more powerful than a regular laser pointer.

While he won't sell any of them, Anthony said building lasers is a hobby he's had since he was 10-years-old.

After failing his first few times, he was able to build a burning laser from a DVD burner.

Anthony's videos have been getting a lot of attention lately, with more than 1.5-million views on YouTube.