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A simple yet effective levitation


Behold! Such a simple and cool illusion, you can impress your friends by printing it and presenting first the man, hiding the dark patch “below” him. Try it yourself. He seems grounded.

Then say he will levitate, and present the whole picture. We can’t help but have the impression he’s levitating. Click for the whole picture.

This reminded of another similar illusion:

Frisbee Illusion 

A perfectly normal picture, isn’t it? But pay close attention to the shadows. The shadows of both men look as if they are behind them, but the shadow of the yellow Frisbee is apparently in front of it. And it actually looks larger.

Can you realize why? Highlight the white text below for the answer.

The shadow of the yellow Frisbee is in fact of the black one above it. The yellow Frisbee is lying on top of the grass!

[via The Daily What, Mighty Optical Illusions]

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18 Comments so far

  1. Boing Boing February 9th, 2010 4:59 pm

    How to levitate by standing next to a wet spot on the sidewalk…

    I like this illusion…….

  2. some guy February 9th, 2010 5:39 pm

    mind == blown

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  4. Mark Crummett February 9th, 2010 10:55 pm

    Works better smaller. In the big version, you can see the texture under his feet clearer. It helps to take it an at a glance.

  5. Robert Mark Bram February 10th, 2010 12:05 am

    I am not convinced about the first photo – the man isn’t casting a shadow, but the light looks strong enough to cast one..

  6. seedy February 10th, 2010 2:33 am

    that’s great in a 2D photograph. But how is this going to work in person? No one gives a crap about a “photograph” of someone levitating. If you’re just printing out a photo to show to people, you might as well photoshop yourself walking on the moon with an ice cream cone.

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  8. Igor Santos February 10th, 2010 7:48 pm

    @Robert, think “cloudy day”.

  9. Robert Mark Bram February 10th, 2010 10:13 pm

    @Igor Santos, yeah, I was thinking about that – but I can zoom in on the things behind him and they all have shadows: pram, cars, people sitting on the bench.. and I can’t even see any shadow between his feet.

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  17. beth November 27th, 2010 8:22 pm

    LMFAO!!!!!! it works :)

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