VIDEO: Spider-Tank Building Illusion


Spiders may not be the most popular creatures – theres even a phobia named after them, but German art student Friedrich von Schoor appears to have no problem with them! As part of a project at his art college, Friedrich used a video of some ordinary spiders trapped inside a small tank to create a terrifying scene, projected on to a full-size building.

As can be seen in the video below, trick relies on the tank having exactly the same proportions as the building, allowing him to scale up the resulting video and place it accurately in its real-world location. It’s interesting how this illusion can be extended to any glass-fronted structure, enabling us to see snakes inside the UN building, cockroaches crawling up London’s Shard… Like it? I LOVED it!

  • Anonymous

    That’s awesome! I would be so freaked out if I saw it.

  • z2d4th

    illusion sometimes can be done thru camera tricks..

  • Frizlab

    The video links to impossible rooftop illusion :(

  • Jonathan Harford

    Ah, but there are only a few places a person can stand and get the illusion flawlessly, no?

  • ebbhyen

    That was as cool as f___ !!!!!! Love to know what some of the responses were.

  • Stuart Austwick

    Excellent illusion

  • no-one

    Anyone know how close the camera was when the spiders were filmed? Also, is the projecto inside? how is it showing all around? This is a great video.

  • anonymous (without mask)

    I can’t see the vid! It plays the Rooftop Impossible Illusion. Anyone else?
    (zero comments so far?!)

  • Another B-movie re arachnid. Last time Universal-International Pictures made “Tarantula” in 1958, but this time mighty optical illusions pictures made it = “The Fighting Black Widows”. That is magnificently done! Awesome, and like it. Thanks to Vurdlak. From Edgardo Valentino D. Olaes

  • Sorry, instead of 1958, it should be read 1955. Thanks. EVDO.

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