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By on March 30, 2006, with 55 Comments

This is an actual photograph not a digital/photoshop manipulation. The best that I can tell is the only thing done to this image was to convert it to Black & White. How do you think it was done? Could a magnet be holding the King to the side of that raised block? – [via].

Chessboard Illusion


55 Responses
  1. glue says:

    one word mate, glue!

    • john says:

      no glue used, the raised block isnt even a raised block, it’s only a 6 sided thing in the board. the fallen chess piece is only lying down, the hexagon gives it the illusion of a block with 2 pieces connected to it.

    • happydoodle says:

      obviously. but its so cute and funny.

  2. Lucas says:

    Its not really that hard actually to see how its done!!

  3. adrian says:

    there is no raised block. the board is painted (similar to those awesome perspective chalk drawings.) the king is merely laying on its side.

  4. LiamM says:

    The sideways king is just placed down sideways the box is nonexistant it is simply pained onto the board

  5. Jon says:

    no glue, no magnets, the king is laying on it’s side and the queen is in square F3 they changed the squares to get the 3D effect

  6. Gnome says:

    Going by the shadows and relative sizes, it looks like there probably isn’t an actual raised block there.

  7. weirdal says:

    now come on. it’s just painted in a clever way, with a piece on it’s side…

  8. john says:

    i dont understand this. what’s the illusion supposed to be? it looks like its just a piece on its side.

  9. Da9l says:

    The squares are painted. The pieces are real. The illusion is that the piece lying on it’s side appears to be attached to a “vertical” white plane that appears to have a real shadow. However, the vertical plane is just painted. That’s why the shadows of the pieces looks so real. Because they are real.

  10. Pon Jon says:

    I totally agree with adrian. it’s painted on, because i’ve seen this trick before in a similar setting. it’s still cool, though.

  11. Kevin says:

    theres one more square the gray one……
    thats why the pic looks like that……
    i am so smart….. jajajaja……

  12. Sof says:

    How ’bout, the whole thing is painted…including the King…we’ve already seen that people can do that haven’t we???with the other illusions???

  13. h4xn00b says:

    The Queen is obviously on the F3 square as you can see some of its shadow on the pawn nearby.

    Although it looks like the king is magnetically attached, look again – the base of the king is not flush against the side of the “cube”

  14. mr pie says:

    yes. wooden chess pieces are of course magnetic.

  15. jennifer says:

    it’s trippy when your high

  16. Andrew says:

    if you look closely as square F2 you can see where it’s been painted over.

  17. Farrukh says:

    Its doesnt have to be painted on…

    All you do is this, put a square white block on square G2, then place a queen on top, lay a king side ways and connect the bottom to the right side of the block. Take a picture from tilted view.

    Whats so wierd about it? Its simple 3D understanding.

  18. cubicles says:

    i’m with glue on this one

  19. Bobby says:

    you guys are missing the illusion here. it is not an illusion if someone just put down a block. think about it…the board is obviously painted on: half of f2 has been painted white, half of g3 has been painted grey (to look like a shadow), half of g2 is grey, and half remains white. If you look closely you can actually see the vague line where the real edge of f2 was. it also looks as though f3 has been darkened slightly to add to the 3d effect. the king is simply placed on its side (no glue people!) and the picture is taken from the appropriate angle. If you try and scetch this with pensil it really isn’t that hard to do. Good illusion. Fooled alot of people.

  20. nincompoop, you freaks. says:

    there is a freaking block of wood, or whatsoever, placed at G2.


  21. Seba 719 says:

    I agree w/ Bobby on this 1, because the queen’s shadow is straight not moved, which would be if it was standing on a block. Also if u look closely u can still c that half of F-2 is really black.

  22. physco says:

    i totally c this 1. i agree w/ bobby and seba 719 makes sense the way i put it though so

  23. rae says:

    bobby beat me to the answer. nice illusion though.

  24. Spença says:

    it’s just a painted block, but you can achieve the same effect using glue.

  25. Skate200 says:

    obviously,the block is painted.they made it black and white with a different angle so it can look real.even my little brother know that.

  26. god look side ways and all will be reveiled says:

    duh its just lying on its side next to a raised block lol

  27. trapesetist says:

    white might lose the queen though…

  28. Anonymous says:

    They could have just tilted the camera when they took it

  29. Anonymous says:

    look real hard @ f2 u can c the remainder of the black square

  30. Ben says:

    how can you think there is a block!
    how would putting a block on chess board be a good optical illusion!

    it is painted on because of the black bit you can see from the real square underneath. I’ve seen someone do this at a street show once, its not a new thing.

  31. Alex says:

    the king is just laying on its side

  32. Me haha!!! says:

    cool pic but guess what? I’m eating salted peanuts…yum

  33. sweetOS says:

    Okay… so the board is just painted and the thing is laying on its side. If it’s really raised then it has been glued?!

  34. Skate200 says:

    Even if I knew its kool man kooler than guns

  35. Anonymous says:

    you can tell its not raised, raised objects have a shadow, the box has no shadow

  36. beastly says:


  37. ME! says:

    I agree with anonymous. And the picture was taken from an angle. Unless you have no brain, I expect you to get this.

  38. kibilocomalifasa says:

    lol, the “block” is just a pattern on the board, and the king is just laying on its side. Perspective, people!

  39. Anonymous says:

    I want to keep it simple… Scotch tape.

  40. 1337>you says:

    it cant be painted
    you can barely see a shadow of the king on the side of the raised block

    now im not saying it is a raised block, but its not painted

  41. hot chick says:

    its a box with a chess thinging clued to it
    not that cool

  42. Sammi says:

    Either Glue or magnets.

  43. Smart guy says:

    if you look at the shadow of the piece on the “raised” block, you see there is no distortion you normally get when you the the same shadow portraid in different elevated surfaces. 1-0 to me

  44. dipa says:

    i dont understand the picture, why the king is down if there is no jake mate?

  45. Thundersong says:

    I’m confuddled

  46. Grace says:

    converted to b & w so the king is just sideways.

  47. Grace says:

    Just a cube painted on the chessboard , the queen is sideways.

  48. kennt--- says:

    ahh, NOt clever… lol sorry

  49. GenCat says:

    or its just SITTING there. >:(

  50. udaman says:

    that’s one way to stay out of “check”.

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