Oh Wow: Brain Melting 'Ambiguous Cylinder' Illusions

July 5, 2016


These are a handful of 'ambiguous cylinder illusions' that were a finalist in the 'Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2016', which is a real contest that exists but disqualified my illusion based on pending litigation. Hey, you can't prove I actually cut my assistant in half if you can't find the pieces. The boat dock. What? I didn't say anything.

Keep going for the video, as well as another that explains how the illusion is created so you can try to slowly put the pieces of your brain back together.

  • Cup-O-Jesus

    In the first video, when the guy is turning the object, pause it when the object is half way through the rotation, then you'll see it.

  • MustacheHam

    I thought this was witchcraft at first until I learned it was specially formed tubes.

  • chadplusplus

    huh, that's the same thought i had about vaginas

  • Squirreltakular


  • shashi

    The comments here all seem to be choreographed. They're obviously fake

  • Andyman7714

    The second video has absolutely nothing to do with the first. The first one is two people doing some clever choreography.

  • shashi

    This explanation has absolutely nothing to do with explaining what we just watched

  • Andyman7714

    But...in a mirror it all makes sense.

  • JohnPaul Feehily

    The mirror is lets us see both sides at once....because it's a mirror. In the explanation video the guy just turns it around for the same effect.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    I'll settle it before I watch the 2nd video. It's choreographed. The shadows in the "reflection" are pointing in the same direction as the shadows on this side of the "mirror."

  • Dani Reader

    Holy shit, it's daisy!! THE SHADOWS ARE ALL WRONG!

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    But they are, which is what you get with a single light source. The 2nd video overcomplicated everything.

  • palpable ovaltine

    The shadows are going in both directions, because the mirror is reflecting the light. You just can't see the shadows on the back of the objects in the foreground (unless you look in the mirror, which makes them look like they're going in the same direction).

    It's not choreographed. You can see the shape of the objects when he turns them around the 15 second mark.

    Plus, to even make what you're suggesting work they'd have to find two guys with mirror image hand veins (the guy has a big one below his right index finger). It'd be way easier to just film a guy with his hands in front of a mirror and then use CGI.

  • Wait... I thought this was all just a really well choreographed scene with two different guys and a pane of glass that looks like a mirror. I'm still not at all convinced that is actually what is happening here. The movements didn't seem perfectly in sync to me, but maybe I'm full of it. This will be a white/blue dress situation I think. History will decide.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Or you could just watch the second video where that guy describes how it's done. :-D

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