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Remember “Head On a Plate” Optical Illusion I posted earlier? There was a debate how that particular magic trick works. Well, after galzing your eyes upon this image below, the solution is much more visible. Can you guess how it was done? These kind of do-it-yourself magic tricks can be found inside every museum dedicated to optical illusions.

Beheading Illusion

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95 Responses
  1. mike says:

    This is scary and weird.

  2. Reyn says:

    Nah…if you look closly shes in a box the same color as the wall paper…..hope i didnt spoil ur fun

  3. Alex says:

    This is an old stage magic illusion. It used to be called “The Sphinx” and was presented by Colonel Stodare in the late 1800s.

    I don’t want to give it away, but although it could well be the box, I think it’s probably the same solution as the Sphinx illusion which is a different principle altogether.

    Looks amazing in real life on stage. he picture doesn’t quite capture how good this can look.

  4. hello??? says:

    Hi, It has a principle behind it. I think the sides of the table are actually mirrors.

    A place near my school also has this trick and explains it very well.

  5. braceface says:

    Yes you dummies it is just mirriors because on the side you can see the reflection@!!!!111

  6. Blogged_again says:

    I saw it for one molment, now I know how it works. There are mirrors.

  7. wow!!! says:

    that is some wierd sh** BUT COOL VERY COOL

  8. hhhh says:

    your right it is a painting

  9. Dani! says:

    Come on, Its OBVIOUS ots mirrors!! Hoo the HELL wud think its a paintin???

  10. Sherry says:

    Its definatly a box. You can tell because I thought they would be smart enough NOT to attatch a pole that you can see at the top of the box, going down to the floor lol.

  11. Mike M says:

    It looks like a special box

  12. 0213 says:

    its so fake u can tell the top ov the box it black

  13. ... says:

    omg that is soooome magic!!!!! omg. i thing that she’s fake!!! how did they do that!!! is she split in half or something???? now that is cool…..

  14. tiffany says:

    the gurl is sittin in a box and her head is there the hole on the top which looks like a plate and the box matches the wall that is how i think it is done!

  15. STEPH says:

    This is really crazy but i agree w/the box!!!!!!

  16. PRITTYPINKPONIES!!!! says:

    oh my good. that is magic right therree. how did those peoople do that? i have neverr seen anething like that!!!@!!1 THAT Is COol. is she dead or something! that is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool!!!

    kjust a remidner… im 6.

  17. Hai says:

    im stumped

  18. kitty says:

    WTF??!

  19. ashwin says:

    its a image created in adobe photo shop software its very easy and boring

  20. dodo says:

    even befor i read the comets(i stink at speeling) i knew it was miroors.(see)

  21. that guy says:

    first thing i saw was the mirrors

  22. fender says:

    cool but not scary

  23. Michael says:

    Actually it is a series of mirrors that reflects on the walls and causes the area under the head to appear as if nothing is there.

  24. Taz says:

    That is so fake!

  25. xon says:

    guys its a box look at the poles its a dam box with blended bakground!!took me a while but i figured it out

  26. Matt says:

    Mirrors duh.

  27. rihanna says:

    but the girl does have a hed so why does it say a girl wit no hed should be girl with no body DUH!!!

  28. boo says:

    the box has mirrors on the sides. You can see the light reflecting off the left one.

  29. hettie says:

    @ rihanna:
    it should read: head with no girl

  30. dumb says:

    that is so fake!

  31. Boux says:

    this is just some bad photophob crap…..

  32. M Pup says:

    OOOHhhhhhhhhh My god shes got no body, call 911 or 999 depending on where you live ,,, anyway thats not important now ………this girl needs our help !!!

  33. David says:

    Photoshop !

  34. Yahoo!!! says:

    damn so scary i think i cant sleep this night

  35. Matt says:

    Mirrors have been used…

  36. blah says:

    ofcourse is not a real head is OBVIOUS…….

  37. Eruantien says:

    I can only guess that the box is covered in very clean mirror.

  38. WantonAnton says:

    wow, how many times have i seen that one

    but great site!

  39. Audrey says:

    haha. if anything, the comments were more entertaining.

  40. Maighyn says:

    hahaha :D makes me giggle.

  41. blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    the sides of the table are mirrors and they reflect the wall paper

  42. »¥«ÐrâgôñZ»¥« says:

    good one :)

  43. I kill bob says:

    Its call photoshop boy and girls!
    Half of these pictures are gay and lame!
    maybe all of them actually. So hopefully,
    try to prove me wrong.

  44. Anonymous says:

    gee heres one photoshop…dumbasses

  45. Thomas says:

    Hey, This is the easiest illusion ever.
    First of all, she’s in a box. The sides of the box are mirrors. In the photo, the person who took it is in a big EMPTY room. The box is connected to another room where the ‘girl’ waits.

    She climbs through this tunnel up inside the box.

    ONLY her HEAD can protrude through the opening. So it appears her head is only visible, on a plate. The rest of the body is behind the mirrors.

    Hope I help,

    Thomas

  46. MAGIC SPOILER ! says:

    It’s not a Painting neither Wallpaper !!
    Only dum ppl beleives that!

    The trick is she’s sitting under a table. The table has a hole on it. Thats where her heads come out. The 2 sides of the table (the two sides in front) have mirrors. The mirror reflects the sides of the wall. So it looks like she has no body.

    DUHHHH!

  47. Tori says:

    ashwin and i kill bob,
    the photos ARENT photo shopped unless the guy says so! He really did say that! And while I wouldn’t give away how its done, but other people already posted it so I’ll repeat it for the people that can’t read:
    ITS A BOX WITH MIRRORS! Pretty simple, yet funny and cool looking. It would be better if the serving dish thing was there, but maybe thats just me…

  48. Anonymous says:

    if you look very very close you can see a peice of her shirt.

  49. Zakky says:

    Why is it called girl with no head it should be called head with no body

  50. Anonymous says:

    It’s Kinda.. OK IT’S REALLY EASY TO SEE SHE IN A BOX!

  51. Anonymous says:

    it sucks we no its in the table

  52. Anonymous says:

    if it had mirrors, you would be able to see the photographer. or at least their feet.

    • jack bowden says:

      it is mirrors i’ve actually been in one and the mirrors are on an angle so you see the wall

  53. Anonymous says:

    *pssssssssssst look at the left corner of the table*

  54. Factor Arcade says:

    its a box
    (i noticed once that person said taht)

  55. terryn_saskatchewan says:

    i dont get it… its just a box!

  56. nice box says:

    must have tooken awhile to cover the box w/ the same wallpaper

  57. Anonymous says:

    what do you mean same wall paper?? its just a box covered with mirrors…duh..

  58. Anonymous says:

    It’s mirrors people. I’m a magician my self.

  59. Anonymous says:

    well done Alix you clearly know your magic history

    Ether that or you’ve read JIM STINEMIRE’S brilliant book HIDING THE ELEPHANT

    In which you will dicover The Sphinx illusion was invented by scinetific
    lecturer Tomas Tobin and was a progression from his protious cabinet
    illusion

  60. Joniani says:

    This is just too easy, she is inside a mirrored box …… durrrrr!

  61. Anonymous says:

    whatev looks lik a doll

  62. chuchee says:

    disis’ not scary my god.. i prefer the 1s with devils and things like that :P

    those are really scary :S

    froooofh..

  63. Nathan says:

    This is just like 1 of chris angels cat dissapear/mom out of luggage illusions. there r mirrors on 2 sides of the room photographer out of reflection, and just take a luk at the lighting and shading DUH! she also looks like a rubber mask but thts out of the question.

  64. sakura_chica2 says:

    comon sense peolpeeee!!

    there are some mirrors pasted on the table so they reflect the wall paper

    daaaaaaa
    jajajajaja

  65. Captain_Obvious says:

    It’s Obviously a box, because if it were mirrors the reflexion of the photographer would be seen!

  66. Anonymous says:

    yeah it’ll seem real if ur a gullable person – I could never believe something like that it’s a trick!! THanxxxx

  67. corrins says:

    that is a box right there.. it is in a museum in hollywood.. i have been in it myself but the picture dad took doesn’t work because the stripes at the front didnt line up.. it is such an easy illusion, no mirrors involved

  68. Anonymous says:

    Its mirrors on the side, reflecting the wall paper

  69. Anonymous says:

    i’ve got photos of me and my friends like thats aswell

  70. Anonymous says:

    theres one with mirrors this one is just a girl in a box u can tell! its not a table, there’s only 2 “legs” (actually lining of the box)

  71. 123 says:

    how does her face look real to u?

    i think her head is plastic and there is NO body

  72. Coolerderek says:

    If anyone wants to know, they used a mirror

  73. Anonymous says:

    Where’d you dig up this fossil of an illusion? It’s lyk 1 000 000 000 000 000 years old!!!! I’ve seen it lyk a hundred times! so lame…. u could make it at hme!!1! it’s mirrors!!!!

  74. Anonymous says:

    simply a mirror and light illusion

  75. Anonymous says:

    this illusion stinks
    it’s too commonly seen

  76. Me, Myself, and iPod says:

    I’ve seen this before but I still KINDA like it.

  77. someone says:

    its got mirriors

  78. someone says:

    it has mirrors. i know because i have seen 1 before in real life.

  79. someone u dont know says:

    it is NOT a mirror the table has walls that are exatly the same as the wall behind and the table is pushed against it

  80. Jez says:

    It’s a mirror! some people are so slow..

  81. Rhiannon says:

    My friend says that there is a box the same pattern and colour as the walls, and they put the girl in it.

  82. javacuzi says:

    thats awesome

  83. I says:

    Ha ha ha, cool. the first thing i saw was the box, but then i read a comment about the wallpaper and noticed it does look like its just a table! neat trick

  84. Alex says:

    She is in a box with mirrors and that box is in another box, with the wallplaper, but it’s not totally closed, it has like a peep-hole.

  85. Jack Ingoff says:

    Guys, if there were mirrors, then we’d be able to see the photographer. The box just has the same wallpaper on it as the walls, and this is taken at an angle where the wallpaper on the box blends in with the wallpaper on the wall.

  86. Grace says:

    omg yeah, its a box, the girl is just in… but its cool how they have done it! at first i was thinking “omg a little girls head :o” hahaha but then i relised… :)

  87. o.i.e. says:

    duh its a mirror! look closely at the table

  88. Zoe says:

    Na i think the girl is definitely in a box. You would see other reflections if it was a mirror

  89. clay lister says:

    there are mirriors because if you look closely at the wall at the side of the “box” there is a lighter section

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