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A girl looks at her vanished lower body through an optical illusion, while participating in an exhibit named “A Head On A Platter” at a science museum in Kolkata. This one is “Smoke and Mirrors” obviously…

Head on a Plate Illusion


74 Responses
  1. joelanders says:

    theres a hole in the wall behind her?

  2. Michael says:

    No, there are two perpendicular mirrors under the table. The girl is inside the cavity behind the mirrors, and it seems like you can see under the table because the mirrors are reflecting the walls beside them.

  3. Doug Brown says:

    In this case it is not mirrors. Where they would be is panels that are painted to match what would be the background. If it was mirrors, the checkers wouldn’t have the right perspective.

  4. Hannah says:

    or she could be standing behing a table that was painted to look like a table and also has the backround on it making it look like she is nuting

  5. thok says:

    its the mirrors
    which is why the name was mentioned as smoke and mirrors.

  6. Tom says:

    It was a bit silly anyone can see that there is a hole in the back of the wall!!!!!!

  7. Leion says:

    Mirrors work wonders!

  8. Poooooooooot! says:

    I saw this trick once in magician’s secrets revealed. It uses mirrors.

  9. faggot says:

    um this isnt a head on a plate. but half a body. get it right guys.

    im so lame for sitting here and looking at these pictures. we have no lives people.

  10. Mike M says:

    It is a box

  11. kol; says:

    these are meant to b scary!!! wat u playin at

  12. ....... says:

    OMG!!!! how in the world of magic did they do that???? that is some magic… i cant get over it!!!!!!!! i saw magic today!!!! that is sooo cool!. now THAT’S magic!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. lol says:

    CHEY!! done that lots of time lo

  14. mina says:

    accually you can see her lower bodies shadow…sorry to dissapoint….if you dont think thats her shadow then it could also be a painted box. if you look at the checkers on the left, above and below the black thing, you see that the lines dont match up. also, on the right you can see that there wouldn’t be enough space between those two black checkers to have a yellow checker. more likely its the second one :P

  15. gcswimmer114 says:

    its called photoshop ppl

  16. Hai says:

    what Michael said

  17. NO DUH says:

    She is in a box the same pattern as the background.

  18. bugg boy (girl) says:

    anyone notice that the wll is 2 different colorz

  19. loser says:

    i think faggot is right…but im just here cus my moms work dosent anything else…and…i wonder if thats the shadow of the girl..all i know is im clueless….=^.^=

  20. loser says:

    sweet im replying yo my self…..now i know that the shodow is the shadow of the girl!….

  21. M.Pup says:

    AAAAArrrrrrggggggggggggg Shes a witch drown her and that !!!

  22. MR.MOP says:

    everything is fake she is one of that dubble jointed people and there is a hole in the wall behind her…

  23. Eruantien says:

    Invisible cream!

  24. Omar says:

    Obviously Photo shoped

  25. Keith is not my name says:

    you can see the mirrors if u look closely. why is it called smokeand mirrors though

  26. youngandsingle says:

    she’s in a box. it’s been painted cleverly

  27. Deathmonkey7 says:

    It’s quite obviously mirrors. When the mirrors are perpendicular to the walls behind them then they appear to be extensions of the walls. In which case you could go at almost any angle and still get the desired effect. it’s more likely the shadows are just from behind the camera or even maybe the cameraman themselves.

  28. Anonymous says:


  29. wow i thought it waz scary says:

    i dont know how u did it but im still yawning

  30. Anonymous says:

    Why don’t people just cut dead people’s heads off and put them on plates and tell everyone it’s an illusion?

  31. Nupanick says:

    I can vouch for this, I was in one of these once. There are two mirrors under the table and behind the camera are two walls you can’t see from here that look like the ones behind the table, the mirrors reflect them. The mirrors and the walls next to them make a box with a hole cut in the top you can stick your head through. Only difference is that the one I was in didn’t have fruit around the edges and the walls were red instead of yellow :c)

  32. Anonymous says:

    She is behind mirrors that are put to where they look like the checkered walls.

  33. Anonymous says:

    there are two mirrors that are placed to where it looks like the walls.

  34. oban says:

    Hey. If it was mirrors the table wouldn’t have a leg, now would it?
    It has to be a painted box.

  35. Anonymous says:

    oh…i g0t it…that wAs c0oL..nicE onE…

  36. Anonymous says:

    top half of pic is darker yellow than bottom

    even check 4 ur self

  37. The Panda says:

    Hey u lot the top half of da pic’s yellow checkers are darker than da bottom half!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Butterfly Britt says:

    you can see her body! it looks like a shadow underneath her.

  39. Anonymous says:

    look closly there are mirrors well placed

  40. Ashok says:

    This type of illusion is olso at science museum at JUNAGADH>GUJARAT>INDIA.
    Yes it is optical illusion created by two mirrors at 90* to both side from middle steel pipe.And opposite wall painted same desine so it reflect and…..it`s illusion!!!!

  41. Illusionist says:

    i’ve seen thing like this in singapore’s sciance city at the optical illusions part. If you’re an optical illusions lovers you should go there and the science museum in jakarta,Indonesia.

  42. Conor says:

    i also think that there are mirors

  43. Anonymous says:

    who da heck commented “íts called photoshop”. man its illusion which includes mirrors.they reflect da wallpaper beside them.. and the girl is standing inside the cavity made by mirrors…there is a proof too that this is done with mirrors look at the left mirror carefully ..u will see light reflecting on the mirror thats why its a bit light there …….

  44. melanie says:

    dude its so obvious

  45. aditya says:

    this is present in several regional science center branches in kolkata, delhi, mumbai , lucknow and bhopal. out of these only delhi and mumbai ones look real because in the others the mirror position are mismatches ! I could send you a photo of mine in the same setup !!

  46. BaileyMcLeod says:

    How is this scary??

  47. Samantha says:

    I think that shes inside a box that is painted to resemble the back ground with a hole on the top to pot her head thru.

  48. Emy says:

    The table is from the Danish Eskperimentarium. She is sitting in a box and on the outside of the box there is two mirrors that shows the walls next to her

  49. Emy says:

    its not a hole in the back of the wall.. ive been sitting in one of those in Copenhagen.. Its IS two mirrors

  50. Emy says:

    And the leg is the corner of the two mirrors:D

  51. Alycia says:

    im not really sure what this means, but when you look at the legstand thing (the pole that is holding the table up) the checkers look like they are connected, which when you look above the table they are regular, so they did someting with that, but im not sure what.

  52. Woodcrow says:

    bahah, there was this illusion too when we had an science fair on our school, the left and right sides of the metal thing has a mirror, so its actually and amazingly genius because of how the mirror is set XD

  53. Suicidal 'Ling says:

    seen this in the singapore science centre (if any of u live there)

  54. lane chikda says:

    im soo confused! how did they do that???

    • Taylor says:

      This one is quite easy.
      If you look near the table leg, (pole) there’s a shadow. For the room to be square, the shadow should have been even, but it’s not. The shadow is probably someone photo shopping the girls bottom half out, but the shadow stayed. :P

    • pie says:

      theres a hole where she put her top half through, and then the rest of her is outside the checkers, and the weird shadow, i guess thers something behind the pole.

  55. ANONAMIS says:


  56. sarah says:

    OK..that is really wierd… aah! it’s scary!

  57. casandrabladh says:

    it is so easy
    through the other side there is a hole and she is putting her body through it illusions are like telling people are dome

  58. Jez says:

    There’s no hole in the wall or anything complicated. They’ve just put a mirror in front of the lower half of her body.

  59. Skie says:

    I went there a couple of weeks ago… its funny pretty funny when an unsuspecting person walks in… one guy made a kid cry!!

  60. Ian says:

    Mirrors :D

  61. Jazzukie says:

    ahh…ehhh…interesting picture though you might wan to reconsider looking at that shadow of the box again…!

  62. ishan says:

    the girl is standin behind the mirrors…its the reflection that we see…

  63. amanda says:

    woah thats pretty neat i wish youd show how you did this or something if not its still pretty cool nice job.

  64. amanda says:

    The secret is there’s a mirror at the bottom

  65. Dork says:

    You can see it in the shadow, there a hidden stand painted to look exactly like the wall and a pole

  66. hasta la vista says:

    thats cool but ive seen it b4
    and my friend saw this and sed the 2fruits in front of her look like boobs
    wow perv much

    • claire says:

      tmi lol
      but ur kinda right they do look like boobs
      i guess this would be a good pic for a PEDIPHILE!

  67. inmyshoes says:

    I think the walls on the bottom come in closer than the ones on top.

  68. LOLMAN says:


  69. Anonymous says:

    She’s inside a box, that pole was just painted on the box.

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