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By on February 21, 2011, with 27 Comments

There is this guy on Flickr… he recreates strange things using nothing but Lego. Remember the little mushroom-fellow from Super Mario Bros? He seems to be his favorite! But one of his works fully captured my attention. Check out the checkerboard below! In the beginning of this site we’ve introduced Seemingly Bent category (one that holds all those vertical lines that seem bent, but aren’t), and there were bunch of illusions posted under the wing category. The only problem with those is that they start repeating themselves very quickly, so imagine my joy when I visited andy_0306uk’s gallery! For those of you lacking experience, all of the lines and checkers below are perfectly parallel. It’s those darn cogs that make the imaginary bulge! If you don’t trust me, just check this vid!

Lego Checkers Illusion
Lego Checkers Illusion


27 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    awesome illusion! Puts a nice twist to an old favorite. :)

    By the way, it looks like I have 1st comment!

    • . says:

      its not an old favorite… it is sooooooooooo boring… seen it sooooooo many times………………………………….

  2. annomounious says:

    sooo coool

  3. NeeL says:

    It’s also nice to see what a small error does:
    in the center of the lower left corner, there is a white space, missing 1 black keg.
    It makes the white square looks straight in that corner, as it actually is ofcourse.

    Also, I thought to see in the widget that it was build as a heap for a small moment!

    • Scott McNay says:

      Which square is it that is missing a black dot? Can you tell us how many over and how many down? All appear to be accounted for in the lower left, unless I managed to miss one.

    • TooSharp says:

      actually, the missing blocks are on the right hand side, counting from black centre square;

      3 right, 2 down
      6 right , 1 down

    • fiona says:

      Acually that error is not an error. if you look closely, there is no white peg on any of those places.

  4. Well I’ll be damned what a great illusion!!! (I knew those blocks were good for something)………

  5. Dolphin says:

    Awesome!I wish my brother still had his legos so I could try it myself…he had a bunch…most are lost now.

  6. nonya says:

    yay second comment! 1st is the worst second is the best third is the one with the hairy chest.

  7. Grace says:

    cool. btw, the mushroom dude’s name is toad.

  8. ali says:

    It’s not an illusion, they’re NOT straight. Scroll your screen so that one of the lines is just at the very top of your window…. it’s a curved line.

  9. Peter Gorham says:

    I am always amazed at how my brain sees this illusion. You’d think it could be trained.

  10. Livier says:

    wow Q GeniiaaL…!! es esoombroosoo noo taantoo asi pero sii

  11. t says:

    Beautiful illusion today. Makes me think LEGO should sell special ‘Illusion LEGO Sets’.

  12. Dbabycakes says:

    This iz off the hizzle

  13. ramiro says:

    wow a piramid so amazing sarcazime

  14. Orack Bobama says:

    I like it.

    I think that what adds to the illusion is that
    the pegs are not centered in all the pegs.

    ie at the top the inner circle is closer to each pegs perimeter. and the bottom, the inner circle seems to be at the bottom.

    This is what you would expect if a fisheye or there was actually all the pegs on a sphere. etc.

    subtle.. but it really adds to it.

  15. Bryce says:

    Best version of this classic illusion I’ve ever seen.

  16. Grace says:

    Livier, use proper English! Or at least use any sane language…

  17. ALIGRAPES says:

    I am stunned by this illusion!
    It is so cool!!!!!

  18. nico says:

    i just found a way to see it unbent but hmm looks like nt the whole its the only group u are looking try looking at one of the columns from up to down(or vice versa)TADAH!!!!
    u can do it diagagonally too

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