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By on March 19, 2006, with 45 Comments

An interesting look at the parallel world where anything is possible! What you see below is a successful variation of the “Folded Chessboard” classic painting done by Sandro Del Prete. Titled “The Terrace” this illusion became so popular around the net, that not many are aware of its original author – David Macdonald. The illusion by David surpassed Sandro’s chessboard in terms of internet popularity.

Parallel World Illusion


45 Responses
  1. Mystickidd says:

    One weird thing…

  2. RavenKL20 says:

    haha!! i got it! no wait..

  3. Mike M says:


  4. Archie411 says:

    When I see these impossible stuff only on thing comes to my mind
    Photoshop :)
    On the right side there is a ladder
    You can see on the top the man is facing towards the picture
    And the man in the bottem is trying to climb facing you

  5. Jawa says:

    Anyone saw that starfish in that birdbath?

  6. rabbit says:

    It would be interesting to see how the artist would have connected the top fence with the bottom fence but alas they are cut off at the side of the art.

  7. purple momo says:

    heh heh dis is like so kool!!!!
    itz almost like it curvz upward!!!!!
    oh and um and jawa, itz like, a WATERFOUNTAIN not a birdbath!!!!!!!!!

  8. Sam says:

    Could this be photoshop? Its years and years old I 13 and i saw it when i was 4-6. Is photoshop that old. Looks like a painting to me

  9. Laura says:

    wow, this is making me mad!!!

  10. somebody says:

    Seen this before somewhere else, I never get sick of looking at it.

  11. loser says:

    i always liked this one…i wonder..are those real people…or are they painted so good that they look real?…=^.^=

  12. BurninRubber says:

    It’s on a diomand hilltop.

  13. fender says:

    it’s a painting and a real awsome one, i’ve seen tons of this kind of art it’s really cool

  14. hazel_heron says:

    hey ive got it.
    i think
    its becauz the picture has been pushed in a little bit so thats how they did the picture
    but it could of been done by graphics

  15. ilikechocolate<3 says:

    archie, no duh it’s photoshopped. i think thats the point. but to all those other ppl who kno good illusios when they see them… Yay! fun i luv it!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    even if this wasn’t painted, it could be real. just set out to make it look twisted

  17. loser says:

    imposible world..but cool world!

  18. Anonymous says:

    uh to purple mo mo about jawa it is a bird bath derr r u blind

  19. Gustavo says:

    It´s not Photoshop, it is a PAINTING! Remember that? Brushes, ink, paper? C’mon, we had no $1000-worth programs back in kindergarten!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thats nothing. You need to see Convex and Concave by M.C. Escher.

  21. Anonymous says:

    THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. You have got to see convex and concave by M.C. Escher. Go to

  22. danyboy says:

    It is possible if you suppose that the ground is convex !!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    arrrrrrrrrrrrr my eye

  24. i rock and u suck says:

    yo rabbit you sound like Shakespeare

  25. UNIMPRESSED says:

    So what? My patio at home is exactly like that. When I have friends over, they have to be careful where they walk or they fall away into nothingness.

  26. homer says:


  27. Megan says:

    i’ve seen this one so many times…

  28. Anonymous says:

    That is AWESOME!

    yeah i dont know how they did it…

  29. Anonymous says:

    I have to say that this is my favourite illusion of all time. It’s just brilliant.

    Well, it’s my favourite illusion until I find a better one on Mighty Optical Illusions.com! I love your site, keep up the good work!

  30. AmbO says:

    this reminds me of monty python and the search for the the holy grail.
    when they first come up to the castle and all that.

  31. cacao bean says:

    imagine what it would look like if there was a building there!

  32. Ai says:

    Love this one!

    Very classic idea, but nicely rendered.

  33. Lai-Lai says:

    I always liked that one ^_^

  34. brionny says:

    one side is curled up and the man climbed at the opposideof the ladder and so on

  35. SuperGanj says:

    This is really cool. I would love to watch a video showing an artist creating this illusion.

  36. nobody says:

    a guy is walkin on a ladder onto the cieling while another guy is above the ceiling doing something but the guy with the ladder is….0.o

  37. JLS_LOVER says:


  38. anony says:

    This is why escher shouldn’t be alowed to be a archetect

  39. :) says:

    woooooooowwwwwwww …. !!!

  40. ben says:

    Know how they did it..

  41. lrpmotos says:

    who knows gaiaonline?? cuz it reminds me of something

  42. Anna says:

    Trippyyyy! Love it!

  43. Andrew says:

    this makes me think of the movie Inception

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