Beyond Belief and Back (in 30 Secs.): an Optical Illusion

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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:
https://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FA4/5593/FOHU2T5D/FA45593FOHU2T5D.pdf

See/print the proof cutout:
https://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FQ6/T577/FOHU2T5K/FQ6T577FOHU2T5K.pdf

See the formal, full Instructable:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Create_and_Prove_the_Most_Perplexing_Illusion_EVER/

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    51 Discussions

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    greeenproLowney

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much! If I'm right, you won too....CONGRATULATIONS!!! (now, I really hope I'm right :)

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    Lowneygreeenpro

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    greeenproLowney

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)

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    Deathstick

    10 years ago on Introduction

    The video was well done and the extra links for the drawings where a nice touch but BAFFLED I was not!

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    redrooster

    10 years ago on Introduction

    i dont believe this.its all done with mirrors & bits of string i think i saw a waft of smoke there as well

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    moluscowibrle

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    frollardmolusco

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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'.)

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    moluscofrollard

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    cofoshomolusco

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.