Reflection Of an Optical Illusion


Below you can actually see two different illusions. The first, most obvious one shouldn’t be a problem to spot for those of you who already saw Walt Disney anamorphic illusion. More explanation can be found inside our Anamorphism category, more specific in the post titled “Cylinder Mirrors“. The second, less obvious illusion, is that the image reflected on the steel cylinder is in it’s origin a true optical illusion. If you don’t see it, look at this image of impossible pillars. The photo set includes two photos, where the second can be found inside this post. Original name of this art is “Reflection of an optical illusion“, and originates from Questacon, Canberra.

Concerning the site, I placed a little banner in the sidebar for our Mighty Tricks website, as requested by some visitors (so now I can stop “spamming” the threads with mighty trick’s posts). Now you can easily access both sites without waisting time looking for the correct url. Those of you who requested this fix, know what I’m talking about. Also, I did the same on the tricks website, you can go there and check it out. Enjoy!

  • =P

    nice. it must be annoying to draw one of these. i still like the stove one better though

  • Anonymous

    it’s kool

  • Anonymous

    SO do they draw those by hand? or make it on the computer push a button and it curves it out or … draw it normal and scan it into the computer?

  • Chris

    its cool…
    must be a LONG project or do they draw it normally and then use the computer to curve it?

  • Davey Kelly

    It’s really no different then those chalk drawings. The only difference is those must be viewed at a certain angle, while this needs a cylinder to reveal the picture.


  • Bhavesh

    this illusion is pretty cool. i’ve seen a similar one before with a beer advert i think. =D

  • Ben Hoogeboom

    This anamorphism-trick is known from the Dutch and Flemish painters of the 17th century. They were not the Vermeers or the Rembrandts, of course, they were the lesser painters. Nice to see that it is still done.

  • Anonymous

    cool but not amazing

  • Rok


  • Chris

    Sheer artistic wizardry.

    …and if a computer was involved…

    Sheer technical wizardry.

  • Himself

    Of course, it depends upon your view point…
    but I liked the tea (and coffee) cups , with my Guinness.
    They say: “Drink to me only…,with thine eyes…”
    What do they know…?

  • Anonymous

    wow is so cool i did that once

  • Anonymous

    Nicely done

  • jezza

    it’s kool but kinda a bit sad, don’t ya think. great site btw.

  • Anonymous

    very nicely done–I’d say someone shows some real skill using IDEAS or 3D Companion.

  • Anonymous

    Boring I didnt get it :(

  • edderiofer

    look closely at the pillars; they cant exist

  • illusion is my middle name

  • Grace


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