Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion

Ambiguous, Video 25 July 2016 0 Comments

Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University in Japan created this very intriguing video featuring a series of ambiguous cylinders.  If you look at the objects placed in front of the mirror and then look at their respective reflections, you will notice that they look like completely different shapes.  How can this be?  Obviously, there is something unique about the shape of the objects, but even when they are rotated directly in front of you, it is difficult to figure out  exactly what is going on.  Because you can’t fully understand what the true shape of the objects are, the illusion continues even though you know that there must be some sort of trick involved.

This optical illusion video is a finalist for the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

UPDATE:  This video was award the 2nd Prize in the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.  Personally, I think that it deserved to rank a little higher!

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