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By on May 18, 2006, with 33 Comments

An Ambigram is a sentance or a single word that is written in such way, that it becomes readable even if you rotate it. John Langdon is a father of ambigrams. In 19070s, trying to do with words what Escher does with images, he invented what came to be known as “ambigrams”. He did work for The Da Vinci Code movie, and to my knowledge, he was an inspiration to Dan Brown for his main character called Robert Langdon. John’s ambigrams apeared not only in the movie, but also in original David Brown’s books: “Angels & Demons” and “The Davinci Code”. Check out these cool ambigrams he created, and don’t forget to visit his website for more amazing illusion examples.



  • chrmullins

    diggin it..right on time

  • Tonamel

    John Langdon has a book titled “Wordplay” which is full of his ambigrams.

  • Cabal

    Genious! :D

  • movie_geek

    Too bad there weren’t ambigrams in The Da Vinci Code…only anagrams. The ambigrams were in Angels and Demons. Still pretty cool.

  • Hai

    i saw a bookmark with the same type of idea except with the word “BART SIMPSON”

  • charmaine

    does anyone know a website where i can make ambigrams of names or words?

  • mhxbvcngbfcxn

    those are inversions

  • Evan

    Here’s a site where you can make them:
    http://ambigram.matic.com/ambigram.htm

  • Sir Loin

    whats trouser snake?

  • Red.

    i love the Aerosmith one.

  • christianne

    CHRISTIANNE

  • Anonymous

    i’ve got a great way to make ambigram, i’ll share it with you: write whatever you want on a piece of paper, then flip it over, then try to see before the second letter if theres anything that resembles a little duck so that you can imagine what it’s thinking, or more importanly, what it would think about you if he saw you. Then write at the top of the word what you think he believed you looked like and try to figure out how did you get so far reading this when it makes no sense =).

    I’m happy

  • Anonymous

    That’s supposed to be readable?

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I got really good at doing ambigrams (did not know they were called that) one day in math when I was really bored. I found out how to do the name of every one in my class, and all my family, and all my close friends, and my teacher.

  • Rachael

    I can’t read the first one. I know the first part of it is Robert but the second part is hard to read.

  • OddlyMyself

    Rachel, the second word is langdon, that is the main character in the da vinci code and other books by dan brown.

  • Anonymous

    i luv da davinci code man

  • Anonymous

    whats the last one?

  • ethan

    here’s a cool site with similar graphical illusions:

    http://www.scottkim.com/inversions/index.html

    enjoy!

  • Anonymous

    oh, that’s so awesome

  • blue

    Also done by the band ANGEL.

  • Anonymous

    I bet he was ready to leave work that day!

  • Anonymous

    hmm. looks like it says Aerosnith. with an “N” instead of an “m”

  • Anonymous

    WOW THAT WAS SZO0 EASii!!

  • Anonymous

    I always like to make these. NOT easy. Takes few hours of work, but it’s worth it. Might post some on the web.

  • eric

    Random

  • Alicia

    I want ‘ The Davinci Code’ in an ambigram.. anyone found one??

  • Alicia

    I made ambigrams of the names of everyone in my class… My name is easy because its so symmetrical.. Alicia A-a l-i i-c….

    • Ben

      So post it I bet it looks cool.

  • Kenneth leo

    It’s Cool men. I really LIKE Ambigrams

  • Caty

    Looks like the firstone is Robert pattison
    I love u edward!!

  • AlexieLutz

    What’s the third one called? Can’t really see it.

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