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Lucien Astor
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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!


federico luduena
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Perhaps you already know this, but just in case:

This painting by Magritte depicts the idea you describe.

It would be great so see it filmed or photographed.
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Is this an available illusion? I am very interested in the concept.
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This is a mind expanding illusion. Can form a good story line for a routine.
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I love the concept. where is it available?
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Anatole the example is interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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Easily done with a camera and flat screen TV.
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On Jan 27, 2017, MeetMagicMike wrote:
Easily done with a camera and flat screen TV.

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

Best of luck with your project. all the coins I've dropped here
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