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By on July 2, 2011, with 17 Comments

Before you ask, yes… this picture, by Rob at the What Is It? Blog, is Photoshopped; that’s not the illusion here. Instead, it’s the fact that the man on the right, the one that looks so gigantic, is the exact copy of man on the far left. So why does he look so much bigger than the original one, you might ask? Simply because the lines mess with our brain’s perception of size.

If you think this picture somehow looks familiar, sans the illusion part, you’re probably right. It’s actually a famous picture of bridge painters hanging from the wires of the Brooklyn Bridge near the end of the construction phase. You can even see the skyline of Lower Manhattan in the background – can you imagine how different that skyline must look these days? Those of you who live in New York know exactly how true that is.

  • ZL123

    After a while, it looks the same size.

    What’s with all those one-day skips of illusions anyway?

    • Vurdlak

      had my official diploma promotion, so was occupied with the preparations etc, won’t happen again ;D

  • Steve

    Congratulations on earning your diploma!

    I wouldn’t worry about skipping a day. Has anyone asked for a refund? I didn’t think so! ;-)

    • diane

      Congratz.
      And dont worry about skipping a few days .
      What you post is always Great .Thanks ♥

    • Gina

      Well said

  • bUd dUb

    very cool picture. . .

  • Samuel Coxson

    I think that’s the best illusion of this type I’ve ever seen.

  • DA

    Anyone notice the little guys are arranged in the form of a question mark?

  • fahad

    cool one… I liked it very much..
    BTW where facebook login gone from right side?

  • Grant

    If it’s been photoshopped then how can we know that the bigger guy (who appears twice in this photo) hasn’t been misplaced and that the perspective effect is in fact not an effect at all but the result of a larger version of this man (also appears bottom left) with no respect for perspective or size ratio?

  • sean

    congratulations on your graduation! thanks for all the oploads over the years :)

  • st.graham

    Wrong. Wrong Wrong.

    The man on the right is larger than the man on the left.

    Click on the picture and drag it over to line up the two men. The man on the right is bigger!!

    • Hoagieman

      Actuallu, they are the same. Try crossing your eyes until they meet on top of eachother.

  • Aianna

    that is awesome!!

  • Anadi

    Its crazy how our brains our wired to think the lines form a completely uniform grid, so we get really messed with when the lines are not uniform

  • mark schaefer

    THE MAN IN THE FOREFRONT IS THE ONLY MAN ON THE CLOSER ANGLED STRINGERS WHILE THE MEN IN THE BACKGROUND ARE ON THE VERTICAL STRINGERS AND ON A DIFFERENT MAIN SUPPORT.

  • me123987645

    I’m glad with you skippng days. I was on a trip and didn’t have time to go on their computer. I like this illusion!

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