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Topic: Backwards Reflection Illusion
Message: Posted by: Lucien Astor (Jun 14, 2016 02:06PM)
Hi Everyone,

I am looking for the source that will point me to a backwards reflection illusion. It is something I saw in print many years ago (digitally or hardcopy I no longer remember). The illusion consisted of someone peering into a mirror, but instead of seeing their faces reflected they saw a reflection of themselves, from behind, staring into the mirror. It was done with optics, and strategically placed mirrors, but I can't remember where I saw it. It could have been an old book describing optical toys, book of illusion designs, an art exhibition... I can't seem to find it. It was presented as a curiosity, not a trick. I thought I would check with the people who know all!

Cheers,

Lucien
Message: Posted by: federico luduena (Jun 20, 2016 10:10AM)
Perhaps you already know this, but just in case:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_to_be_Reproduced

This painting by Magritte depicts the idea you describe.

It would be great so see it filmed or photographed.
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Jul 17, 2016 07:13PM)
Here's another example:
http://visualfunhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/backwards-reflection-optical-illusion.jpg
Message: Posted by: LoganPorterMagic (Oct 6, 2016 07:07PM)
Is this an available illusion? I am very interested in the concept.
Message: Posted by: NeverMind (Oct 22, 2016 02:28PM)
This is a mind expanding illusion. Can form a good story line for a routine.
Message: Posted by: AndreOng1 (Nov 9, 2016 10:54PM)
I love the concept. where is it available?
Message: Posted by: Charles Nileud (Dec 27, 2016 06:55PM)
Anatole the example is interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Message: Posted by: MeetMagicMike (Jan 27, 2017 01:14AM)
Easily done with a camera and flat screen TV.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Feb 16, 2018 08:01AM)
[quote]On Jan 27, 2017, MeetMagicMike wrote:
Easily done with a camera and flat screen TV. [/quote]

Viewing angles and setting - (never mind the light/polarization givaways) make it non-trivial.

Best of luck with your project.