By Yahoo! Games
Several nondescript objects sit on a desk. Couldn’t be simpler, right? Well, as the below video — the latest opus by Youtube illusion extraordinaire Brusspup — demonstrates, looks can be deceiving:
The technique is called anamorphosis and dates back at least as far as the Renaissance. The image is distorted and elongated so that it appears natural only from a certain angle. (It’s a style often used on the sidewalk paintings of artists such as Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner.)
Brusspup heightens the illusion by placing the photo-realistic images alongside regular objects, and then using video to reveal the perspective change in real time. Very cool.
See more of Brusspup’s illusions on his Youtube channel.