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By on May 23, 2006, with 14 Comments

Remember “Crooked Skyscraper”, “Russian Cafe”… These all have the same bent effect, more commonly known as “Cafe Wall Effect”. It gives you impression lines in the wall are all messed-up, while in fact they are perfectly straight & parallel. This image below shows you the original Cafe Wall that inspired the use of it’s name for all other illusions of this type. I’m not sure where it’s located so your help is needed…


  • steveg

    I don’s know if this is the one pictured, but there a cafe with this effect in Bristol, England.

  • Hai

    dont get it

  • Im + Ams

    The ”Cafe Open” Sign is pointing in the wrong direction! Haha!

    (We know that isn’t the illusion by the way)

  • MMM

    if you cross a little your eyes, you will notice they are straight!

  • MMM

    oh, and Im + Ams, how do you know that door is the cafe door?

  • Anonymous

    um if you ffocus on only one line, you can see it is perfectly straight, (like me lol)

  • Matt

    NO the cafe is NOT open!!! That’s the illusion!!!

  • Yobe

    This cafe is at the bottom of St Michaels Hill, Bristol, England. I live round the corner from it. This illusion was first described by Richard Gregory (Gregory & Heard, 1979)after he noticed it in the pattern of tiles on a Cafe.

  • Izzie

    I have seen alot of these and to be honest it’s just as simple as tiling your walls but in a different pattern.

  • cheyenne

    if u squint u can tell

  • kennt—

    Nope I thnk It’s actually moving when you stare into one spot, it really working, but I guess there’s one more, I think you’l be doubting if all white and black squares are align when disarranged. I don’t know…

  • Saneraì

    The lines are perfectly straight. It’s the way the darker colors come together and make it look crooked.

  • jblev713

    it’s in NY

  • Grazer34

    Straight.He also means the wall is open.

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