Beyond Belief and Back (in 30 secs.): An Optical Illusion

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video Beyond Belief and Back (in 30 secs.): An Optical Illusion
If you've never seen this illusion before, prepare to be thoroughly baffled! It appears to be absolutely impossible. Fret not, though, because this video contains sufficient proof of its validity. This is a re-created version of Roger Shepard's "Turning the Tables" illusion.

This visual phenomenon is taken to another level by drawing it, along with a cutout that "proves" it, and providing links to the same drawing and proof cutout that you see in the video. Feel free to use these items as guides for drawing it yourself, or just print them out to see that this unbelievable illusion is actually believable!

See/print the drawing:

See/print the proof cutout:

See the formal, full Instructable:
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Lowney5 years ago
Wow this is really cool! Congrats on your victory!
greeenpro (author)  Lowney5 years ago
Thank you so much! If I'm right, you won too....CONGRATULATIONS!!! (now, I really hope I'm right :)
Yeah you're right ;)
greeenpro (author)  Lowney5 years ago
'Magic With Fire'...I like it.
Thanks! I was going to call it "Matchstick Magic," but I thought that "Magic with Fire" sounded cooler and would hopefully attract a bit more attention! I like the "Beyond belief and back" title too!
greeenpro (author)  Lowney5 years ago
Good titles are a vital part of the whole "packaging" of a video. 'Magic with Fire' is so much better than 'Matchstick Magic', in my opinion, because it is more mysterious :)
Deathstick5 years ago
The video was well done and the extra links for the drawings where a nice touch but BAFFLED I was not!
redrooster6 years ago
i dont believe this.its all done with mirrors & bits of string i think i saw a waft of smoke there as well
greeenpro (author)  redrooster6 years ago
Wow, you are good.
wibrle6 years ago
Just goes to show that we can't trust our eyes 100%
molusco wibrle6 years ago
You can trust your eyes. You can't trust your brain. PS: this is a cool illusion. I had to do something similar to what it's done in the video the first time i saw it.
There are lots of illusions that rely on you being unable to trust your eyes themselves (like the animation of the purple dot disappearing around a circle, and when you stare it fades the purple (eye response) and the dot looks 'green'.)
Ok. So then, you can't trust your eyes nor your brain. I agree. There's also the one about the dot dissapearing because of that blind spot in the eye. Who said the human body was a perfect machine?
cofosho molusco6 years ago
That spot is where all the individual nerves coalesce to form your optic nerve. Since they're there, there can't be any sensory nerve endings. Crazy? Yes. Awesome? Abso-frickin'-lutely.
greeenpro (author)  cofosho6 years ago
Retinal lusciousness :)
greeenpro (author)  frollard6 years ago
*Hearty laugh*
Now I'm lost.
google vitruvian man. the 'perfect man'...
I do know Vitruvian man. Aaaaaaaanyway, this is getting too far!!
I don't deny you know it - you said you were lost :P
Stop it stop it!!! :D
greeenpro (author)  molusco6 years ago
Agreed : }
i805 molusco6 years ago
I liked that sentence,really expresses us humans
greeenpro (author)  molusco6 years ago
There seems to be an instinctual need to prove it for ourselves since we can't always trust other people. :)

Thanks for viewing and commenting!
greeenpro (author)  greeenpro6 years ago
The older I get, the less I trust my brain.
blugyblug6 years ago
This has been around for ages...
I need some new illusions. Most illusions out there have the same concept.
And its not really the most perpelxing illusion =S
Tygerwoody6 years ago
Am I missing something? It looks like a kid drew two tables with crayons. And thats what it ended up being. Seriously. What am I missing? Someone help me where the illusion comes into place?
I agree with Tyger. This isn't anything special, it's not "OMG thats soo trippy durr", just an old, rubbish optical illusion that anyone over the age of five should have seen before. You make it out to be something absolutely mind boggling and amazing, but its just not.
greeenpro (author)  johnnyknob6 years ago
Ok. Now, to say that this is "rubbish" is just plain rude and offensive. This is a 30 second video on how to effectively prove the validity of a classic optical illusion. If it's not your cup of tea, then....well, fine. Apparently you are in the minority on that though.
I see the illusion in it. To me, upon 1st glance, the table on the right appears bigger because it appears to be wider than the other. To my girlfriend (whos first response was 'they are the same size' because she figured it was an illusion), after closer inspection, the one on the left looked bigger because it appears longer. It seems to be the adding of the legs giving it 3d depth that your brain uses to appropriate how much 'space' it takes up. The main reason most people say they look exactly the same is because their brain sees the title 'optical illusion' (or they understand that they are looking at a possible optical illusion) and most examples of illusions like this, the objects are actually the same size. Thanks for the illusion. And thank Science for units of measurement which is the real judge of surface area/volume! =]
greeenpro (author)  amplex6 years ago
Very well put. I think that you have a great point about the title 'optical illusion' and its implications. Thanks for the well thought-out comment.
I'm going to have to agree with these two individuals. They look like the same size, proof or not :\
greeenpro (author)  Tygerwoody6 years ago
I appreciate your opinion. It seems that a lot of other people find this to be a good illusion.
Tygerwoody6 years ago
I didn't mean any disrespect to the OP. Hopefully he doesn't take it that way. I just didn't see the illusion. And with a title like "Beyond Belief", I was expecting to see something neat. Thats all.
droppocket6 years ago
what this proves is why some people can read a blue print of a house and other people don't understand what they see.
Marsh6 years ago
That's pretty cool!
Woah, tripppppppyyyyy.
I just had a "woa" moment.
greeenpro (author)  Tape-structable6 years ago
Did you print it out?
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