The physics of a pulled tablecloth, seen in slow motion

“The tablecloth is suddenly pulled out from under a dinner setting. Please use eye protection when trying this on your own. The table cloth is cotton. Shot in 300 fps.” This video shows exactly that:

There makers thereof have made more such.

BONUS: The trick is not so easy to pull off, as this video, done by others, demonstrates:

(Thanks to investigator David Kessler for bringing this bonus to our attention.)