Store Window Optical Illusion

As he said in his own words, Emil is a great admirer of our posts. Passing by a store nearby where he lives, Emil noticed an interesting illusion and decided to take a picture of it, so he can share it with us. It took some time before I understood where the illusion hides, but I confirm it’s a good one. How many shelves do you see in this presentation rack? Would you consider both of us crazy, if we stated there are only 3 shelves present in this photo below? Yeah, that’s right! Before you read Emil’s explanation, try and spot the illusion yourselves. There are few more additional shots after the break.

The secret is that the end of the presentation rack has 2 mirrors, both placed at 45 degrees towards the street. These mirrors give the impression that the rack continues sideways. In reality, there is only one rack and two mirrors” – Emil

Store Window with Mirrors Optical Illusion

Seen from different angle:

34 Replies to “Store Window Optical Illusion”

  1. Another non-illusion. I looked at it, saw the mirrors and counted 3 shelves. There is no illusion unless you’re not that bright or observant.

  2. for those of you who don’t understand. It looks like it’s a rac with three shelves then on the other side of the rectangular prism another three shelves. except the illusion is the other sides don’t exist they are simply mirrors reflecting the first side…

  3. There’s 2 mirrors placed that the side at 45 degree angles so that it looks like there is another layer behind the first 3 shelves you see. But in fact, the 3 at the back are simply reflections of the 3 at the front.

  4. ok to the guy who said he got it first….if you read he tells u its only 1 shelf with 2 45degree mirrors. But I think the best way to see it is in the left hand bottem corner you will see the refletion or the resturation sign in the other corner on the bottem.

  5. IMO, the illusion is pretty good, but the photos aren’t great. There is too much reflection on the storefront window, so it is hard to see the shelves clearly.

  6. lol
    the sides are mirrors and are reflecting the first three shelves over again.

    look at what is on the side shelves and you will see that there are just duplicates of the things on the first shelf.

  7. lol. not really a good illusion cause i noticed the mirrors right away. i didn’t get what the illusion was supposed to be until i scrolled read the explanation.

  8. For a better effect, the picture should have been cropped to removed the bottom part. The bottom part where you can see the two angled mirrors is a dead giveaway.

  9. I couldn’t see the ilusion because it was obvios that it were mirros but it’s still a good ilusion but I think the website is falling back.:P

  10. Hey. I live right beside this store. its located on Decaire Blvd. In Montreal Canada In between Snowdon and cote st luc… pretty intresting

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