A model train going around a track enters a small tunnel and something odd happens. The train does not emerge from the other side like your mind would tell you that it should. In fact, the entire train seems to disappear into the tunnel even though the train is significantly longer than the tunnel itself. [...]
Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki created this 3D pencil drawing which he titled “Beckoning to the Evil”. By arranging two sketchbooks perpendicular to one another and using an anamorphic drawing technique, he creates the illusion that the hand is actually reaching out from behind the parallel bars.
Today’s video arrived in my inbox courtesy of Masodo, a regular visitor to this site. He runs a blog called BlogDogIt where he posts about a variety of things that he finds interesting. The video features a dance routine by eight girls who use clever choreography and black & white costumes to create an ambiguous [...]
A number of ambigrams from Michigan State University professor Punya Mishra have been featured on An Optical Illusion in the past. I just discovered a short video that he created at the end of last year wishing everyone an outstanding 2013. In the video, he uses a bit of anamorphic trickery to fool the viewers [...]
Noah Scalin likes skulls. He is the founder of the Skull-A-Day project. Now in its sixth year, the project features a new image of a skull every day. In 2012, Scalin created the following anamorphic skull using 497 VHS cassette tapes as a commission of the TCC Visual Arts Center in Tidewater Virginia. The skull [...]
A series of balls appear to roll up hill. However, as you will quickly suspect, everything is not always what it appears to be. Once the camera moves to a different angle, the true shape of these ramps are revealed. Through an anamorphic trick in their design, the ramps appear to be angled upward [...]
Leon Keer and the Streetpainting 3D team completed this anamorphic sidewalk chalk drawing at the 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival. The drawing depicts a claw/crane amusement game full of teddy bears and dolls waiting to be grabbed. In the video, you can see the image take shape. Even more interesting are the views of the image [...]