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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.

Ambigrams For The Davinci Code Movie
Ambigrams For The Davinci Code Movie
Ambigrams For The Davinci Code Movie


33 Responses
  1. chrmullins says:

    diggin it..right on time

  2. Tonamel says:

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

  3. Cabal says:

    Genious! :D

  4. movie_geek says:

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

  5. Hai says:

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

  6. charmaine says:

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

  7. mhxbvcngbfcxn says:

    those are inversions

  8. Evan says:

    Here’s a site where you can make them:

  9. Sir Loin says:

    whats trouser snake?

  10. Red. says:

    i love the Aerosmith one.

  11. christianne says:


  12. Anonymous says:

    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

  13. Anonymous says:

    That’s supposed to be readable?

  14. Anonymous says:

    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.

  15. Rachael says:

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

  16. OddlyMyself says:

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

  17. Anonymous says:

    i luv da davinci code man

  18. Anonymous says:

    whats the last one?

  19. ethan says:

    here’s a cool site with similar graphical illusions:



  20. Anonymous says:

    oh, that’s so awesome

  21. blue says:

    Also done by the band ANGEL.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I bet he was ready to leave work that day!

  23. Anonymous says:

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

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  25. Anonymous says:

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

  26. eric says:


  27. Alicia says:

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

  28. Alicia says:

    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….

  29. Kenneth leo says:

    It’s Cool men. I really LIKE Ambigrams

  30. Caty says:

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

  31. AlexieLutz says:

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

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