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I found this also on flickr. This image shows you how you can easily transform into Alice without eating magic cookies. This image was taken at the St Louis Science Center in one of those “visual illusion” rooms… There is another image inside this post, just in case you don’t believe guy right is a giant.


Dwarf and a Giant illusion
Dwarf and a Giant illusion

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64 Responses
  1. Farted says:

    Wow, that’s strange…. how is that possible?!

  2. iwa says:

    they stood on a chair

  3. Nimit says:

    I think the floor is inclined and even the wall is tilted towards the giant looking person..

  4. lk says:

    Did anyone notice the dwarf’s head is just a fraction of the size of the giant’s? Most adults have similar size heads, no matter how tall they are. This implies the dwarfed looking person must be some distance away.

  5. Fuzzytreefrog says:

    did anyone see lord of the rings?

  6. evildentist says:

    The back wall is definately sloping away from the giant but the wall-ceiling join must be angled to make it look flat. The pictures on the wall can’t be square either. Would be good if you could see their feet.

  7. Tim says:

    Its forced perspectave, just like they used in the new Charlie and Tthe Chocolate Faqctory to make the ompa-lommpas look small.

  8. Jhonka says:

    I used to love to play in that room when I was little, whenever we’d go to the Science Center. It’s a rather long room, with one end scaled smaller, and from some angles it looks like this. They have tv monitors on the ceiling to watch it.

  9. Hansen says:

    Did you Notice the “Happy Trees” by Bob Ross T-shirt the guy in grey is wearing?

  10. Parisian says:

    I think there’s a stairs…

  11. DEWY says:

    this is easy. it’s a room made so that it looks right from only one angle, and that short space in between them on the wall is really like 20 ft. i just know this from looking at other lame sites for idiot ideas when ur bored. ask an art major if u want it all.

  12. Ruben says:

    It is a so-called Ames-Room. Would be cool to have that at home.

  13. Hai says:

    yea….i agree with Nimit. and why does Fuzzytreefrog and Hansen make weird random comments? also f.y.i, Tim, the ommpaloompas in that movie were real actual midgets.

  14. Zarrion Walker says:

    Let’s see the pic with the people’s full body. Right from the floor to the ceiling then I will come back and view it! :D

  15. mimi says:

    LOOK AT THE CEILING

  16. MICHAEL says:

    HE STOOD CLOSER TO THE CAMERA TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE HE IS BIGGER

  17. dudebob says:

    yeah jhonka I used to play in that room too. that was fun!

  18. bob, bob and bob says:

    they took the pic of the dwarf and than took a pic of the giant and photoshoped it in

  19. hashhead says:

    u lot must be retarded in none of u have even noticed that the guy in the first photo who looks like a giant is the dwarf in the second photo p.s. sudoko is wkd

  20. eli says:

    the rroom is big in the back but he ceiling and back wall slopes down towards the camera and he big guy is much closer to the camera and the pinched walls and distance give the effect. i think.

  21. iHeart says:

    They have one of these houses in the Exploritorium in San Fran.

  22. Pandas says:

    do they? i wanna see

  23. Novaly Whitmore says:

    I don’t know about this one, but there is similar room at the Science Centre in St. Louis, Missouri. The floor slopes and it is something with construction and paint. so if you look at the floor the tiles are painted smaller to look farther away. It is all in the construstion.

  24. lol says:

    the floor is slated i seen it in a museum

  25. charms says:

    init micheal

  26. confused says:

    this is stupid

  27. Anonymous says:

    this is the same kind of camera used to make elijah wood (or frodo baggins) look much smaller than sir ian mckellan (gandalf) in lord of the rings for all the close up shots. i’m not sure exactly how it works, i asked my uncle who’s in the fli business about it, but he coudn’t explain the exact mechanics. its not stairs, its not a tilted cieling or one of those funny rooms some of you were talking about. it is just a camera that is built for making these situations in film.

  28. Anonymous says:

    i loveeee the science center =]]

  29. Red. says:

    “f.y.i, Tim, the ommpaloompas in that movie were real actual midgets.”

    Nope, *midget*.

    He got a paid a heck of a lot too, cause every oompa loopma was counted as a separate role.

  30. Jenny says:

    it’s the same kinda in-camera set trick that gondry uses (see eternal sunshine, the kitchen scene)

  31. Anonymous says:

    the room is contorted! simple!

  32. Sammy says:

    we did it in psychology. i cant rememeber wat its called, wow i payed attention, but the room is shapped in a way that one side of the room is larger then the other and floor slopes. the posters in the back have been made to fit that side of the room. so the larger side the poster is bigger. and it usualy only works if ur looking at it through a peep hole. muller-lyer ilusion? no thats not the name of it. oh well

  33. Anonymous says:

    OMG I used to LOVE that room! The floor is fun to slide down. As soon as I looked at that picture I realized that it was at the Science Center!! That reminds me, I need to go there soon…
    I didn’t read the begining if there is anything in there about St. Louis…

  34. Anonymous says:

    easy this is just that this is not a room but like some sort of screwed up trapezoid that makes it look smaller duh!

  35. Anonymous says:

    ive seen another one of these. its easy how it works. if you could see the ground, you wil realise that the floor is slanted. the man on the left is a lot further away then we think. ive even got a book which tells the solution.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Well, my hypothesis is that , its taken in a regular sized room, with no abnormalities. The only difference is that the dwarf is standing further away from the camera, while the giant is closer. Creating the effect the the giant is much larger than the dwarf. I dunno, if this makes sense or not, but thats how i see it.

  37. Shru says:

    Similar to a previous illusion. The room is actually shaped like a trapezoid. The men are large distances away.

  38. Aisling says:

    The bigger person is obviously standin on something

  39. Madalynn says:

    This was taken at the St. Louis Science Center. You can tell from the billboard in the window. The head on the platter is just a hole in a table so you can stick your head up through it and it looks like you had your head cut off. THAT should be on here too!
    NOTE: The guys are EXACTLY THE SAME SIZE! They are not different sizes! The room is scaled!
    One side is normal sized, and the opposite is 1/4 scaled size. Like Jhonka said, there’s a tv on the ceiling so you can watch it.
    …there’s no stairs.

  40. Cha Cha says:

    trust me, i live in STL and my uncle works at the science center and its just a slanted floor in a small white room! TRUST ME ON THIS!!! I WOULD KNOW!!!

  41. dj platnum says:

    there is a slant in the floor

  42. Anonymous says:

    OF COURSE! THE BIGGER GUY IS CLOSER TO THE CAMERA….

  43. Anonymous says:

    oh wait…… THE CEILING…. yeah the room could be scaled

  44. ME haha! says:

    the room is a specially built room. the floor tiles are tilted, and the ceiling is level but the floor makes a ramp like thing. the walls and windows are built weird too. i don’t know how to explain it but they are super fun rooms!

  45. Anonymous says:

    There’s a video on how to construct an Ames Room from paper. Here’s the link

  46. Isabella Giovanna says:

    think. If any of yalls ever took art. Remember the Vanishing point? The smaller guy is just standing closer to the vanashing point than the giant. The room is just simply a half room with low ceiling and narrow area on one side and high ceiling with loads of floor space on the other. Come on.

  47. Anonymous says:

    I have done this in New Zealand. It’s just a sloped room and clever camara angles.

  48. onomonopedia says:

    To say the truth, I think that’s actually stupid :D

  49. not the other anonymous says:

    oh i see the illusion its supposed to be two 20 year olds that still act like little kids

  50. Anonymous says:

    Can’t believe nobody pointed this out. It’s an AMES ROOM.

  51. Main says:

    how retarded. i very much dislike this illousion and are going to write a strongly worded letter about it.

    sincerely,
    Suzy Lizenbagel

  52. Manticore says:

    mmmm bagels…

  53. Mary says:

    =D I live near the St. Louis Science Center, and have visited that room numerous times. It’s really cool to stand in, cause you don’t realize until you look at the camera what exactly the illusion is supposed to be. These pictures don’t really do it complete justice.

  54. knows everything says:

    um…. on a stool maybe?

  55. Zerro says:

    It’s all about the angles…….The photo was shot close to the guy to the right…If it was shot upfront It would reveal the trick..It’s a slanted room high on the left low on the right

    • Veggies says:

      Acctully, it is a special room. It’s called an AMES room. One part of the celing is slanted to the right, the other to the left. No camera angle, just a AMES room. Good guess though,if I didn’t know I would of thought that too.

  56. Hmm.. This can also be achieved by putting something on the floor to stand on it or by reducing(if possible) the height of the roof, to make people fool. Thanks for posting….

  57. midurs says:

    the floor must be slanted!

  58. paul says:

    The floor is on a decline. The floor is on an incline. The walls are not right(90°) angles etc….

  59. daniel says:

    Maybe they’re climbing a chair to make them look bigger. And the person who took the picture didn’t get the part of the chair.

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